Coretta Scott King Award

2023 Coretta Scott King Illustrator winner: Standing in the Need of Prayer, illustrated by Frank Morrison.

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.  



Author Amina Luqman-Dawson Freewater

Illustrator Frank Morrison Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual, written by Carole Boston Weatherford

New Talent Author Jas HammondsWe Deserve Monuments

New Talent Illustrator Janelle Washington Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement, written by Angela Joy


Author Carole Boston Weatherford Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Illustrator Carole Boston Weatherford Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

New Talent Amber McBride Me (Moth)

Author Jacqueline Woodson  Before the Ever After 
Illustrator Frank Morrison  R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul
New Talent Tracy Deonn  Legendborn

Author Jerry Craft  New Kid
Illustrator Kadir Nelson  The Undefeated
New Talent Alicia D. Williams  Genesis Begins Again

Author Claire Hartfield  A Few Red Drops
Illustrator Ekua Holmes  The Stuff of Stars
New Talent Tiffany D. Jackson  Monday's Not Coming

Author Renée Watson  Piecing Me Together
Illustrator Ekua Holmes  Out of Wonder
New Talent David Barclay Moore  The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Author Congressman John Lewis and Andrew Aydin  March: Book Three
Illustrator Javaka Steptoe  Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
New Talent Nicola Yoon  The Sun is Also a Star

Author Rita Williams-Garcia  Gone Crazy in Alabama
Illustrator Bryan Collier  Trombone Shorty
New Talent Ronald L. Smith  Hoodoo     Ekua Holmes  Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Author Jacqueline Woodson  brown girl dreaming
Illustrator Christopher Myers  Firebird
New Talent Jason Reynolds  When I Was the Greatest

Author Rita Williams-Garcia  P.S. Be Eleven
Illustrator Bryan Collier  Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me
New Talent Theodore Taylor III  When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Author Andrea Davis Pinkney  Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Illustrator Bryan Collier  I, Too, Am America
New Talent   no award presented

Author Kadir Nelson  Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
Illustrator Shane W. Evans  Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom 
New Talent  no award presented

Author Rita Williams-Garcia  One Crazy Summer
Illustrator Bryan Collier  Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
New Talent Victoria Bond and T. R. Simon  Zora and Me   Sonia Lynn Sadler  Seeds of Change

Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson  Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal
Illustrator Charles R. Smith, Jr.  My People
New Talent Kekla Magoon  The Rock and the Rive

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