Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners

The following list reflects Coretta Scott Kind Book Award winners from the award's inception (1970) to the present. After 1974, annual winners include both an author and an illustrator. Busse Library holdings are shelved in the curriculum center on the lower level and reflect author winners for the award. Each entry includes the title's call number.

Winners: 2011-present

  • 2016: Author: Gone Crazy in Alabama.  By Rita Williams Garcia. (Amistad).   j WilliaR4 
  • 2015: Author: brown girl dreaming. By Jacqueline Woodson. (Nancy Paulson Books).  j WoodsJ25 c.2
  • 2014: Author: P.S. Be Eleven.  By Rita Williams Garcia. (Amistad)  j WilliaR7
  • 2013: Author: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America.  By Andrea Davis Pinkney. (Disney/Jump at the Sun Books). j 973 Pin5
  • 2012: Author: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans.  By Kadir Nelson. (Balzer + Bray). j 973 NEL4 
  • 2011: Author: One Crazy Summer. By Rita Williams-Garcia. (Amistad) j WilliaR6

Winners: 2010-2000

  • 2010: Author: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal. By Vaunda Micheaux Nelson. (Carolrhoda Books) jE NelsV2
  • 2009: Author: We Are The Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. By Kadir Nelson. (Disney Book Group) j 796.357 NEL7
  • 2008: Author: Elijah of Buxton. By Christopher Paul Curtis. (Scholastic) j CurtC4
  • 2007: Author: Copper Sun. By Sharon Draper. (Simon & Schuster) jDrapS3
  • 2006: Author: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue. By Julius Lester. (Hyperion Books for Children) j LestJ3
  • 2005: Author: Remember: The Journey to School Integration. By Toni Morrison. (Houghton Mifflin) j 379.2 Mor8
  • 2004: Author:The First Part Last. By Angela Johnson. (Simon & Schuster) j JohnA4
  • 2003: Author: Bronx Masquerade. By Nikki Grimes. (Dial Books for Young Readers) j GrimN2
  • 2002: Author: The Land. By Mildred Taylor. (Penguin Putnam) j TaylM45
  • 2001: Author: Miracle's Boys. Jacqueline Woodson. (Putnam's Sons) j WoodsJ65
  • 2000: Author: Bud, Not Buddy. By Christopher Paul Curtis. (Delacourte) j CurtC3


Winners: 1999-1990

  • 1999: Author: Heaven. By Angela Johnson. (Simon & Schuster) j JohnA5
  • 1998: Author:Forged by Fire. By Sharon M. Draper. (Atheneum) j DrapS4
  • 1997: Author:Slam. By Walter Dean Myers. (Scholastic) j MyerW75
  • 1996: Author:Her Stories. By Virginia Hamilton. (Scholastic) j 398.2 Ha4
  • 1995: Author:Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters. By Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack. (Scholastic) j 975 McK4
  • 1994: Author: Toning the Sweep. By Angela Johnson. (Orchard) j JohnA7
  • 1993: Author:Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural. By Patricia A. McKissack. (Knopf) j McKisP2
  • 1992: Author: Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom. By Walter Dean Myers. (HarperCollins) j 973 Mye6
  • 1991: Author: The Road to Memphis. By Mildred D. Taylor. (Dial) j TaylM63
  • 1990: Author: A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter. By Patricia C. & Frederick L. McKissack. (Walker) 


Winners: 1989-1980

  • 1989: Author:Fallen Angels. By walter Dean Myers. (Scholastic) j MyerW4
  • 1988: Author: The Friendship. By Mildred L. Taylor. (Dial) j TaylM3
  • 1987: Author: Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World. By Mildred Pitts Walter. (Lothrop) j WaltM4
  • 1986: Author: The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales. By Virginia Hamilton. (Knopf) j 398.2 Ha5
  • 1985: Author:Motown and Didi. By Walter Dean Myers. (Viking) j MyerW62
  • 1984: Author:Everett Anderson's Good-bye. By Lucille Clifton. (Holt) jE ClifL48
  • 1983: Author:Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush. By Virginia Hamilton. (Philomel) j HamiV7
  • 1982: Author:Let the Circle Be Unbroken. By Mildred D. Taylor. (Dial) j TaylM5
  • 1981: Author:This Life. By Sidney Poitier. (Knopf) [ebook available via WorldCat]
  • 1980: Author: The Young Landlords. By Walter Dean Myers. (Viking) j MyerW85


Winners: 1979-1970

  • 1979: Author:Escape to Freedom. By Ossie Davis. (Viking) j 812.5 Dav3
  • 1978: Author: Africa Dream. By Eloise Greenfield. (Crowell) jE GreenE2
  • 1977: Author:The Story of Stevie Wonder. By James Haskins. (Lothrop) j 920 Won7
  • 1976: Author: Duey's Tale. By Pearl Bailey. (Harcourt) J BaileP4
  • 1975: Author: The Legend of Africania. By Dorothy Robinson. (Johnson Publishing) 
  • 1974: Author:Ray Charles. By Sharon Bell Mathis. (Crowell) j 782.42 Mat8
  • 1973: Author:I Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson, as told to Alfred Duckett. (Putnam) j 796.357 Rob5
  • 1972: Author: 17 Black Artists. By Elton C. Fax. (Dodd) j 709 Fax8
  • 1971: Author: Black Troubador: Langston Hughes. By Charlemae Rollins. (Rand McNally) j 811 ROL3
  • 1970: Author:Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace. By Lillie Patterson. (Garrard)