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Coretta Scott King Award Winners


About the Coretta Scott King Award

Coretta Scott King Award Seal

Named for the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and presented annually by the American Library Association, the Coretta Scott King Award recognizes outstanding youth titles by African American authors and illustrators. See the ALA Coretta Scott King Award website for more information about the award and past winners.

2012 Author Award Winner

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball book cover
Author:  Kadir Nelson
Title:  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

An introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

 

2012 Illustrator Award Winner

The Blacker the Berry book cover
Author:  Shane W. Evans
Title:  Underground

"A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives' escape, their long nighttime journey punctuated by meetings with friends and enemies, and their final glorious arrival in a place of freedom."--Amazon.com.

 

2012 Author Honor Books

Keeping the Night Watch book cover
Author:  Eloise Greenfield
Title:  The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Describes the period of the 20th century when many African Americans left the South to make better lives for themselves in the northern states.

The Blacker the Berry book cover
Author:  Patricia C. McKissack
Title:  Never Forgotten

In eighteenth-century West Africa, a boy raised by his blacksmith father and the Mother Elements--Wind, Fire, Water, and Earth--is captured and taken to America as a slave.

 

2012 Illustrator Honor Books

We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball book cover
Author:  Kadir Nelson
Title:  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

An introduction to African-American history, from Revolutionary-era slavery up to the election of President Obama.

 

 
   
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