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Coretta Scott King Awards 2012

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Coretta Scott King Awards 2012

Designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace, the Coretta Scott King Books Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience. Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award is HEART AND SOUL: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

-Two Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books were named: THE GREAT MIGRATION: Journey to the North written by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist; and NEVER FORGOTTEN written by Patricia C. McKissack, illustrated by Leo and Diane Dillon.

-The winner of the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award is UNDERGROUND: Finding the Light to Freedom written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans.

-One Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book was named: HEART AND SOUL: The Story of America and African Americans written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson.

Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans by Kadir Nelson - History

 

The story of America and African Americans is a story of hope and inspiration and unwavering courage. But it is also the story of injustice. Kadir Nelson presents an intimate introduction to the history of America and African Americans, from colonial days through the civil rights movement.

The Great Migration: Journey to the North by Eloise Greenfield - Poetry

 

In this collection of poems and collage artwork, Eloise Greenfield and Jan Spivey Gilchrist depict the experiences of families like their own, who found the courage to leave their homes behind and make new lives for themselves elsewhere.

Never Forgotten by Patricia C. McKissack - Fiction

 

A lyrical story-in-verse about a young black boy who is kidnapped and sold into slavery, serving as a reminder to black children that their slave ancestors should never be forgotten, and that family is more important than anything else.

Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom by Shane W. Evans - Creative Nonfiction

 

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad.