Coretta Scott King Awards
2017
March: Book Three
Click to search this book in our catalog   John Lewis
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-The final installment in the celebrated graphic novel trilogy that documents Congressman Lewis's role in the civil...More
2017
Radiant Child
Click to search this book in our catalog   Javaka Steptoe
School Library Journal Gr 1-5-Through a simple text and vivid mixed-media collage art, the author evokes the life and work of the Brooklyn-born Basqu...More
 
2017
The Sun Is Also a Star
 Nicola Yoon
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2017
As Brave As You
 Jason Reynolds
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2017
Freedom Over Me
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ashley Bryan
2017
Freedom in Congo Square
Click to search this book in our catalog   Carole Boston Weatherford
 
2017
In Plain Sight
 C. J. Box
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2016
Gone Crazy in Alabama
 Rita Williams Garcia
Book list *Starred Review* Readers of One Crazy Summer (2010) and P.S. Be Eleven (2013) have spent quality time with the Gaither sisters, Delphine, V...More
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2016
Trombone Shorty
Click to search this book in our catalog   Troy Andrews
2016
Hoodoo
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ronald L. Smith
Book list Smith's debut novel introduces readers to Hoodoo, a 12-year-old African American boy living in Alabama in the 1930s. Hoodoo got his nam...More
 
2016
Voice of Freedom
 Carole Boston Weatherford
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2016
All American Boys
 Jason Reynolds
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2016
The Boy in the Black Suit
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jason Reynolds
School Library Journal Gr 7 Up-Matt's mother just died, and his dad isn't coping well, hanging out with the local drunk and downing whiskey, ...More
2016
X: A Novel
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ilyasah Shabazz
Publishers Weekly This fictionalized account of the boy who became Malcolm X maintains a suspenseful, poetic grip as it shifts among moments in his l...More
 
2016
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlems Greatest Bookstore
 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
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2016
Last Stop on Market Street
 Matt de la Pena
Publishers Weekly Like still waters, de la Peña (A Nation's Hope) and Robinson's (Gaston) story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected plac...More
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2016
Last Stop on Market Street
Click to search this book in our catalog   Matt de la Pena
Publishers Weekly Like still waters, de la Peña (A Nation's Hope) and Robinson's (Gaston) story runs deep. It finds beauty in unexpected plac...More
2015
Brown girl dreaming
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jacqueline Woodson
Book list *Starred Review* What is this book about? In an appended author's note, Woodson says it best: my past, my people, my memories, my story...More
 
2015
Firebird
 Christopher Myers
School Library Journal Gr 2-6-A poetic dialogue between an aspiring young dancer and the American Ballet Theater's soloist comprises the text of ...More
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2014
PS Be Eleven
 Rita Williams Garcia
Book list *Starred Review* The Gaither sisters Delphine, Vonetta, and Fern are newly returned from a summer spent in California with their mother, Ce...More
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2014
Knock knock my dads dream for me
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Publishers Weekly Beaty's spoken-word performance about a childhood lived in the shadow of incarceration can be seen online, and its impact is ...More
2013 (Author)
Hand in Hand Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Click to search this book in our catalog   written by Andrea Davis Pinkney and illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Publishers Weekly Ten influential black men-including Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Thurgood Marshall, Jackie Robinson, and Martin Luther Kin...More
 
2013 (Illustrator)
I, Too, Am America
 written by Langston Hughes and illustrated by Bryan Collier
Book list A celebration of Pullman porters is the focus of this new picture-book edition of Langston Hughes' classic poem. The collage spreads, b...More
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2012 (Author)
Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
 Kadir Nelson
Publishers Weekly As in We Are the Ship, Nelson knits together the nation's proudest moments with its most shameful, taking on the whole of Afr...More
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2012 (Illustrator)
Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom
Click to search this book in our catalog   written and illustrated by Shane W. Evans
School Library Journal Gr 1-3-A stellar introduction to the Underground Railroad, narrated by a group of slaves. Readers experience the fugitives...More
2011 (Author)
One Crazy Summer
Click to search this book in our catalog   Rita Williams Garcia
Publishers Weekly Williams-Garcia (Jumped) evokes the close-knit bond between three sisters, and the fervor and tumultuousness of the late 1960s, i...More
 
2011 (Illustrator)
Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
 illustrated by Bryan Collier, written by Laban Carrick Hill
School Library Journal K-Gr 4-The life of an astonishingly prolific and skilled potter who lived and died a slave in 19th-century South Carolina is ...More
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2010 (Author)
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall
 Vaunda Micheaux Nelson
Book list Nelson and Christie know the proper way to open a western with a showdown. Young readers first see outlaw Jim Webb bursting through a glass...More
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2010 (Illustrator)
My People
Click to search this book in our catalog   illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., written by Langston Hughes
School Library Journal K Up-Smith's knack for pairing poetry and photography is well documented in books such as Hoop Queens (Candlewick, 2003) ...More
2009 (Author)
We are the ship : the story of Negro League baseball
Click to search this book in our catalog   words and paintings by Kadir Nelson ; foreward by Hank Aaron.
Publishers Weekly In his first outing as author as well as illustrator, Nelson (Ellington Was Not a Street) delivers a history of the Negro Leagues...More
 
2009 (Illustrator)
The blacker the berry : poems
 by Joyce Carol Thomas ; illustrated by Floyd Cooper.
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2008 (Illustrator)
Let it Shine
 Ashley Bryan
Publishers Weekly Bryan (Beautiful Blackbird) again proves himself a maestro with scissors (depicted on the endpages) in a series of arresting, kalei...More
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2008 (Author)
Elijah of Buxton
Click to search this book in our catalog   Christopher Paul Curtis
Book list *Starred Review* After his mother rebukes him for screaming that hoop snakes have invaded Buxton, gullible 11-year-old Elijah confesses to ...More
2007 (Author)
Copper Sun
Click to search this book in our catalog   Sharon Draper
Book list Gr. 9-12. Best known for her contemporary African American characters, Draper's latest novel is a searing work of historical fiction t...More
 
2007 (Illustrator)
Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
 Carole Boston Weatherford
Book list Weatherford's handsome picture book about Harriet Tubman focuses mostly on Tubman's religious inspiration, with echoes of spiritual...More
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2006 (Author)
Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
 Julius Lester
Book list Gr. 6-9. From his first book, To Be a Slave (1968), Lester has told the history of slavery through personal accounts that relay the dehuma...More
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2006 (Illustrator)
Rosa
Click to search this book in our catalog   Nikki Giovanni
Book list Gr. 3-5. Far from the cliche of Rosa Parks as the tired little seamstress, this beautiful picture-book biography shows her as a strong woma...More
2005 (Author)
Remember: The Journey to School Integration
Click to search this book in our catalog   Toni Morrison
Book list Gr. 5-12. The photos are electrifying. Beautifully reproduced in sepia prints, the archival images humanize the politics of the civil righ...More
 
2005 (Illustrator)
Ellington Was Not a Street
 Ntozake Shange
Publishers Weekly At once personal and universal, Shange's poem, "Mood Indigo" (published in her 1983 poetry collection, A Daughter...More
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2004 (Author)
The First Part Last
 Angela Johnson
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-In this lyrical novel, 16-year-old Bobby narrates his journey into teenage fatherhood, struggling to balance school, ...More
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2004 (Illustrator)
Beautiful Blackbird
Click to search this book in our catalog   Ashley Bryan
School Library Journal K-Gr 2-Because they haven't got a spot of black on their bodies, the colorful birds of Africa envy Blackbird. They extol ...More
2003 (Author)
Bronx Masquerade
Click to search this book in our catalog   Nikki Grimes
School Library Journal Gr 8 Up-A flowing, rhythmic portrait of the diversity and individuality of teen characters in a classroom in Anywhere, U.S.A...More
 
2003 (Illustrator)
Talkin About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
 E.B. Lewis
School Library Journal Gr 3-8-This fresh contribution to the spate of relatively recent titles about Coleman has a decidedly unique tone. Talkin'...More
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2002 (Author)
The Land
 Mildred Taylor
School Library Journal Gr 7-10-In this prequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Dial, 1976), readers meet the relatives of the Logan family who live...More
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2002 (Illustrator)
Goin Someplace Special
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jerry Pinkney
Book list Ages 5-8. Tricia Ann excitedly gets her grandmother's permission to go out by herself to "Someplace Special" --a place far ...More
2001 (Author)
Miracles Boys
Click to search this book in our catalog   Jacqueline Woodson
Publishers Weekly Once again, Woodson (If You Come Softly; From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun) reveals a keen understanding of the adolescent psyche v...More
 
2001 (Illustrator)
Uptown
 Bryan Collier
Publishers Weekly "Collier's watercolor and collage artwork effectively blends a boy's idealism with the telling details of the city s...More
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2000 (Author)
Bud, Not Buddy
 Christopher Paul Curtis
Publishers Weekly As in his Newbery Honor-winning debut, The Watsons Go to BirminghamÄ1963, Curtis draws on a remarkable and disarming mix of comedy ...More
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2000 (Illustrator)
In the Time of the Drums
Click to search this book in our catalog   Kim L. Siegelson and Brian Pinkney
School Library Journal Gr 2-5-A Gullah story brought into beautiful focus by Pinkney's trademark scratchboard-on-oil drawings. Mentu and his gran...More
1999 (Author)
Heaven
Click to search this book in our catalog   Angela Johnson
School Library Journal Gr 6-9-What makes a person who she is? Is it her name, the people she lives with, or is blood the only link to identity? Marle...More
 
1999 (Illustrator)
I See the Rhythm
 Michele Wood
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1998 (Author)
Forged by Fire
 Sharon Draper
Book list Gr. 7^-10. Gerald Nickelby, a minor character in Tears of a Tiger (1994), emerges full-fledged and courageous in this companion story. His ...More
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1998 (Illustrator)
In Daddys Arms I Am Tall
Click to search this book in our catalog   Javaka Steptoe
School Library Journal Gr 3 Up?This innovative, stunningly illustrated picture book celebrates the role of fathers in the African-American experience...More
1997 (Author)
Slam
Click to search this book in our catalog   Walter Dean Myers
Book list Gr. 8^-12. On the basketball court, 17-year-old Greg "Slam" Harris is in control. His disciplined body does what he tells it, the...More
 
1997 (Illustrator)
Minty
 Jerry Pinkney
Book list Ages 5^-9. Set on the Maryland plantation where Harriet Tubman ("Minty" ) was raised a slave, this fictionalized story dramatizes...More
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1996 (Author)
Her Stories
 Virginia Hamilton
Publishers Weekly Hamilton fans who have wondered what happened to Cammy Coleman after the death of her cousin Patty Ann will find the answer in this...More
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1996 (Illustrator)
The Middle Passage
Click to search this book in our catalog   Tom Feelings
Book list In his introduction, Feelings, known best for his children's book celebrating African creativity, Soul Looks Back in Wonder (1993), exp...More
1995 (Author)
Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters
Click to search this book in our catalog   Patricia McKissack
Book list Gr. 4-6, with interest for older readers. This unusual book shows life on a Virginia plantation in 1859. Beginning after the harvest is in,...More
 
1995 (Illustrator)
The Creation
 James Ransome
Book list Ages 5-9. Illustrating Johnson's poem "The Creation," written in 1919, is not as easy as it might first appear. The usual gra...More
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