2019 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.


 

2019 Author Winner

Book cover: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield. A black and red painting suggesting a city skyline. Some splashes of red drip over the white title.

A Few Red Drops by Claire Hartfield

 

2019 Author Honorees

Book cover: The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon Book cover: Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome. Angular artwork of a city in browns and blues. A yellow spotlight illuminates a small black figure standing on a rooftop. Book cover: The Parker Inheritance by Varian Johnson. Two  black children bike on the sidewalk. Behind them are parked cars, storefronts, and a blue sky with clouds.

The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon

Finding Langston by Lesa Cline-Ransome

The Parker Inheritance  by Varian Johnson

 

2019 Illustrator Winner

Book cover: The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes. Artwork of two figures sitting in a swirl of black, blue, and red. The figures (one red and small, the other blue and large) hold each other.

The Stuff of Stars by Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes

 

2019 Illustrator Honorees

Book cover: Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison. Black and brown children stand in brightly colored outfits, holding signs. Book cover: Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968 by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie. A small black girl in a blue and white dress holds a portrait of Martin Luther King Jr., in front of a yellow background. Book cover: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman. Four black women stand in front of the night sky with a large moon. Each wears clothing of a different bold color, overlaid with scribbles of mathematical equations and diagrams.

Let the Children March by Monica Clark-Robinson, illustrated by Frank Morrison

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop by Alice Faye Duncan, illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, illustrated by Laura Freeman

 

2019 John Steptoe New Talent Award: Author

Book cover: Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson. A Black girl sits in front of a red background with the text "Monday's not coming" wrapping around her seated form.

Monday's Not Coming by Tiffany D. Jackson

 

2019 John Steptoe New Talent Award: Illustrator

Book cover: Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora. Cover art features a smiling Black child with their face in a blue bowl. Steam rises from the bowl in front of a geometric, colorful background.

Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora

 

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