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Coretta Scott King Awards 2016


Coretta Scott King Awards 2016

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
The award is sponsored by ALA's Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).
The Coretta Scott King Book Award was founded in 1969 by Mabel McKissick and Glyndon Greer at the American Library Association Annual Conference in Atlantic City, New Jersey.  The first award was given to Lillie Patterson in 1970 for her biography, MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.: Man of Peace (Garrard). In 1982, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards became an officially recognized ALA award. 
Three awards are given annually: Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award, Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award and Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award.
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award is GONE CRAZY IN ALABAMA by Rita Williams-Garcia 
- Three King Author Honor Books were selected: ALL AMERICAN BOYS by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely, THE BOY IN THE BLACK SUIT by Jason Reynolds and X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon.
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award is TROMBONE SHORTY illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by written by Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor.
- Two King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: THE BOOK ITCH: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie and written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson; and LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, illustrated by Christian Robinson and written by Matt de la Peña 
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award is HOODOO, written by Ronald L. Smith.
- The winner of the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award is VOICE OF FREEDOM: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement illustrated by Ekua Holmes. 
Gone Crazy in Alabama by Rita Williams-Garcia -

September 6, 2016

Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are off to Alabama to visit their grandmother and her mother, Ma Charles. Across the way lives Ma Charles's half sister, Miss Trotter. The two half sisters haven't spoken in years. As Delphine hears about her family history, she uncovers the surprising truth that's been keeping the sisters apart. But when tragedy strikes, Delphine discovers that the bonds of family run deeper than she ever knew possible.

All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely - Fiction

August 29, 2017


A bag of chips. That’s all 16-year-old Rashad is looking for at the corner bodega. What he finds instead is a fist-happy cop, Paul Galluzzo, who mistakes Rashad for a shoplifter, mistakes Rashad’s pleadings that he’s stolen nothing for belligerence, mistakes Rashad’s resistance to leave the bodega as resisting arrest, mistakes Rashad’s every flinch at every punch the cop throws as further resistance and refusal to STAY STILL as ordered. But how can you stay still when someone is pounding your face into the concrete pavement?

The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds - Young Adult Fiction

January 6, 2015


Matt wears a black suit every day. No, not because his mom died --- although she did, and it sucks. But he wears the suit for his gig at the local funeral home; he needs the income since his dad can’t handle the bills (or anything, really) on his own. So while Dad’s snagging bottles of whiskey, Matt’s snagging 15 bucks an hour. Then Matt meets Lovey. She’s been through more than he can imagine, and yet, Lovey never cries. He’s drawn to her, perhaps because there’s nothing more hopeful than finding a person who understands your loneliness --- and who can maybe even help take it away.

X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon - Historical Fiction

August 2, 2016

Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies --- after all, his father has been murdered, his mother has been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age 20, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.

Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier - nonfiction

April 14, 2015

Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson -

November 1, 2015


"In the 1930s, Lewis's dad, Lewis Michaux Sr., had an itch he needed to scratch --- a book itch. How to scratch it? He started a bookstore in Harlem and named it the National Memorial African Bookstore. Read the story of how this bookstore made it possible for people to swap new ideas, to create change and to stand up for what they believed in."

Last Stop on Market Street Written by Matt de la Pena with illustrations by Christian Robinson. - Picture

January 8, 2015

Every Sunday after church, CJ and his grandma ride the bus across town. But today, CJ wonders why they don't own a car like his friend Colby. Why doesn’t he have an iPod like the boys on the bus? How come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? Each question is met with an encouraging answer from grandma, who helps him see the beauty --- and fun --- in their routine and the world around them.

Hoodoo by Ronald L. Smith - Fiction

July 18, 2017


12-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher was born into a family with a rich tradition of practicing folk magic. But even though his name is Hoodoo, he can't seem to cast a simple spell.  

When a mysterious man called the Stranger comes to town, Hoodoo starts dreaming of the dead rising from their graves. Even worse, he soon learns the Stranger is looking for a boy…named Hoodoo.

Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement written by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Ekua Holmes - Fiction

December 24, 2018


Despite fierce prejudice and abuse, even being beaten to within an inch of her life, Fannie Lou Hamer was a champion of civil rights from the 1950s until her death in 1977. Integral to the Freedom Summer of 1964, Ms. Hamer gave a speech at the Democratic National Convention that, despite President Johnson’s interference, aired on national TV news and spurred the nation to support the Freedom Democrats. Featuring vibrant mixed-media art full of intricate detail, Voice of Freedom celebrates Fannie Lou Hamer’s life and legacy with a message of hope, determination and strength.