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Finding Children's Award Winning Books

The most common children's book awards given yearly are the Caldecott Award, the Newbery Award, and the Orbis Pictus Award.

2016 Coretta Scott King Winners

2016 CSK Author Award:

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Rita Williams-Garcia, author of Gone Crazy in Alabama


2016 CSK Illustrator Award:

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Bryan Collier, illustrator of Trombone Shorty

For a complete list of award  and honor winners click here.

Coretta Scott King Medal

CSK Medal

The Coretta Scott King Award is given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions to children's and young adult literature.

In 1969, two school librarians were discussing their love for children's literature at an ALA meeting in New Jersey.  As they waited at a booth for posters of the late Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., they lamented the lack of awards for African American writers and illsutrators.  John Carroll, a publisher at the booth asked them why they didn't start an award that would distinguish and honor African American writers and illustrators.  From that discussion came the Coretta Scott King Award. 

The award is administered by the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table or EMIERT.

2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books

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All American Boys by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

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The Boy in the Black Suit by Jason Reynolds

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X: A Novel by Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books

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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

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Last Stop on Market Street, illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Matt de la Peña

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