2017 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

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The Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults.  There are seperate awards for authors and illustrators, as well as the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award and the Coretta Scott King/Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.  They are awarded annually by the American Library Association as part of the Youth Media Awards.  To learn more, visit the Coretta Scott King Book Awards website.


 

2017 Author Winner

Book cover: March, book 3 by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. The title and authors are printed on a street. On the bottom stands a crowd of civilians, at the top a group of armed police, and at the sides are groups of photographers.

March, Book Three by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell

 

2017 Author Honorees

Book cover: Freedom Over Me: Eleven slves, their lives and dreams by Ashley Bryan. Cover art features a circle of chains, inside each link a different face. Behind the link are various scenes: bricks, sky, and houses. Book cover: As Brave As You by Jason Reynolds. In front of a muted green background, one dark-skinned boy runs, looking back at a house beneath a tree. At the bottom of the cover, another dark-skinned boy stands in a patch of grass, reaching out to the other boy.

Freedom Over Me by by Ashley Bryan

As Brave as You by Jason Reynolds

 

2017 Illustrator Winner

Book cover: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquia by Javaka Steptoe. Collaged art pictures a Black boy's face with a slight smile. Behind him is a colorful collaged background, featuring letter blocks, a Cuban flag, a book, paintbrushes, and other items.

Radiant Child by Javaka Steptoe

 

2017 Illustrator Honorees

Book cover: Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford and R. Gregory Christie.  In front of a black background, a man jumps over swirls of yellow blocks. The book title is written in blocky letters in bright colors (yellow, blue, red, green). Book cover: Freedom Over Me: Eleven slves, their lives and dreams by Ashley Bryan. Cover art features a circle of chains, inside each link a different face. Behind the link are various scenes: bricks, sky, and houses. Book cover: In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson and Jerry Pinkney. The cover art is a soft and colorful illustration of a black girl in a blue dress grinning and looking at a fishtank. In the are many green plants and a large goldfish.

Freedom in Congo Square by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Freedom Over Me by by Ashley Bryan

In Plain Sight by Richard Jackson, illustrated by Jerry Pinkey

 

2017 John Steptoe New Talent Award

Book cover: The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon. The text is white against a multicolored background, made up of thin lines spiking outwards. In the upper right corner is a with the text "Now a Major Motion picture" and two figures leaning on each other.

The Sun Is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon

 

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