Brown Girl DreamingThe Coretta Scott King Award is given in January each year to one African American author and one African American illustrator for outstanding books that promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples.

The award is 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 and world brotherhood.

2015
Author Winner: Jacqueline Woodson 
for Brown Girl Dreaming, eBook, eAudio, CD
Author Honor: Kwame Alexander for The Crossover
Author Honor: Marilyn Nelson for How I Discovered Poetry
Author Honor: Kekla Magoon for How It Went Down

Illustrator Winner: Christopher Myers for Firebird
Illustrator Honor: Christian Robinson for Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
Illustrator Honor: Frank Morrison for Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

2014Firebird
Author Winner
Rita Williams-Garcia for P.S. Be Eleven
Illustrator Winner: Bryan Collier for Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me

2013
Author Winner
Andrea Davis Pinkney for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Illustrator WinnerBryan Collier for I, Too, Am America

2012
Author
Kadir Nelson for Heart and Soul
Illustrator: Shane Evans for Underground

2011
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia for Once Crazy Summer
Illustrator: Bryan Collier for Dave the Potter

2010
Author: Vaunda Nelson for Bad News for Outlaws
Illustrator:Charles R. Smith Jr. for My People

2009
Author: Kadir Nelson for We Are the Ship
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper for The Blacker the Berry

2008
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis for Elijah of Buxton
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan for Let it Shine

2007
Author: Sharon Draper for  Copper Sun
Illustrator:Kadir Nelson for Moses

2006
Author: Julius Lester for Day of Tears
Illustrator:Bryan Collierfor Rosa

2005
Author: Toni Morrison for Remember
Illustrator:Kadir Nelson for Ellington Was Not a Street

2004
Author: Angela Johnson for The First Part Last
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan for Beautiful Blackbird

2003
Author: Nikki Grimes for Bronx Masquerade
Illustrator:E.B. Lewis for Talkin’ About Bessie The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

2002
Author: Mildred Taylor for The Land
Illustrator: Jerry  Pinkneyfor Goin’ Someplace Special

2001
Author: Jacqueline Woodson for Miracle’s Boys
Illustrator: Bryan Collier for Uptown

2000
Author: Christopher Paul Curtis for Bud, Not Buddy
Illustrator:Brian Pinkney for In the Time of the Drums

1999
Author: Angela Johnson for Heaven
Illustrator:Michele Wood for I See the Rhythm

1998
Author: Sharon Draper for Forged by Fire
Illustrator:Javaka Steptoe for In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall

1997
Author: Walter Dean Myers for Slam!
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney for Minty

1996
Author: Virginia Hamilton for Her Stories
Illustrator:Tom Feelings for The Middle Passage

1995
Author: Patricia McKissack for Christmas in the Big House
Illustrator:James Ransome for The Creation

1994
Author: Angela Johnson for Toning the Sweep
Illustrator: Tom Feelingsfor Soul Looks Back in Wonder

1993
Author: Patricia McKissack for The Dark Thirty
Illustrator:Kathleen Atkins Wilson for The Origin of Life on Earth

1992
Author: Walter Dean Myers for Now is Your Time
Illustrator: Faith Ringgold for Tar Beach

1991
Author: Mildred Taylor for The Road to Memphis
Illustrator:Leo and Diane Dillon for Aida

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