2018 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.


 

2018 Author Winner

Book cover: Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson. A Black girl with gold facepaint stands in front of a town. A snowy peak rises in the distance. Over the art is a silver medal reading "Newberry Honor Books"

Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson

 

2018 Author Honorees

Book cover: The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. A figure holds a sign with the text of the title, against a white background. At the bottom are a black Coretta Scott King Awards logo and a silver book award Book cover: Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James. Cover art features a painting of a Black boy with a red coat, in a halo of crowns. 4 book awards circle the right side of the boy's head.  Book cover: A Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds. The cover features a blurred reflection in the  metal of an elevators interior, with faded buttons listing numbers from 7 to 2, with the bottom light (unlabled) lit up from behind. 4 book award medals imposed on cover.

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds

 

2018 Illustrator Winner

Book cover: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. The cover art, in the style of a collage, features a dark-skinned figure outstretching their arms, surrounded by warm colors: red, yellow, orange, and purple.

Out of Wonder by Kwame Alexander, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

 

2018 Illustrator Honorees

Book cover: Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome. A Black woman in a blue headscarf looks to the sky, her face framed in a full moon. Book cover: Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James. Cover art features a painting of a Black boy with a red coat, in a halo of crowns. 4 book awards circle the right side of the boy's head.

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome, illustrated by James E. Ransome

Crown by Derrick Barnes, illustrated by Gordon C. James

 

2018 John Steptoe New Talent Award: Author

Book cover: The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore. A Black boy walks down a street at nighttime, wearing a backpack. The pavement is made up of brightly colored legos , with occasional holes between them.

The Stars Beneath Our Feet by David Barclay Moore

 

2018 John Steptoe New Talent Award: Illustrator

Book cover: Mama Africa! How Mariam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song by Kathryn Erskine, illustrated by Charly Palmer.  A painted Black woman in a colorful head-covering smiles widely. From her ears dangle earrings in the shape of Treble cleffs (music symbols)/

Mama Africa! by Kathryn Erskine, illustrated by Charly Palmer

 

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