Learning More about Coretta Scott King Award Winners

The journal Booklist’s Quick Tips Newsletter recently highlighted a website that teachers, librarians and homeschoolers may find useful to extend their study of African American authors and illustrators who have won the Coretta Scott King Awards:  
“TeachingBooks.net now offers the Coretta Scott King Book Award Online Curriculum Resource Center, a searchable database featuring more than 250 voice recordings of the winners and honor recipients, including Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Jerry Pinkney, and Christopher Paul Curtis, as well as a comprehensive selection of lesson plans, book readings, and videos. Don’t miss this outstanding free resource as you celebrate Black History Month with your students.”


Coretta Scott King Awards


In addition to the Newbery and Caldecott Awards, there are a number of other important awards presented by the American Library Association annually.  The Coretta Scott King Awards’ description and list of 2010 winners that follow are taken from The American Library Association website.

 “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, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards annually recognize outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators that reflect the African American experience.  Further, the Award encourages the artistic expression of the black experience via literature and the graphic arts in biographical, social, and historical treatments by African American authors and illustrators.”

 Coretta Scott King (Author) Book Award recognizing an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults “Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall,” written by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, is the King Author Book winner. The book is illustrated by R. Gregory Christie, published by Carolrhoda Books, a division of Lerner Publishing Group, Inc.

 One King Author Honor Book was selected: “Mare’s War” by Tanita S. Davis and published by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books, a division of Random House, Inc.

 Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book AwardMy People,” illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., is the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Langston Hughes and published by Ginee Seo books, Atheneum Books for Young Readers.

 One King Illustrator Honor Book was selected: “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” illustrated by E. B. Lewis, written by Langston Hughes and published by Disney – Jump at the Sun Books, an imprint of Disney Book Group. Continue reading