Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

Recognizing an African American Illustrator of outstanding books for children

Given to African American authors and illustrator for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.

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Author: Marion Dane Bauer
2019 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Before the universe was formed, before time and space existed, there was . . . nothing. But then . . . BANG Stars caught fire and burned so long that they exploded, flinging stardust everywhere. And the ash of those stars turned into planets. Into our Earth. And into us. In a poetic text, Marion Dane Bauer takes readers from the trillionth of a second when our universe was born to the singularities that became each one of us, while vivid illustrations by Ekua Holmes capture the void before the Big Bang and the ensuing life that burst across galaxies. A seamless blend of science and art, this picture book reveals the composition of our world and beyond -- and how we are all the stuff of stars.

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Author: Kwame Alexander
2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

In "Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets," Ekua Holmes's mixed-media collage images balance the tone and tenor of the new poems created by the authors, while paying homage to each of the featured poets in the subtle detailas extracted from various aspects. 

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Author: Javaka Steptoe
2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Illustrated by: Javaka Steptoe

Jean-Michael Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocked to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art work had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. This book introduces young readers to the powerful message and art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

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Author: Troy Andrews
2016 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
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Author: Misty Copeland
2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Firebird is illustrated by Christopher Myers, who is the King Illustrator Book winner. American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice.

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Author: Daniel Beaty
2014 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there

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Author: Langston Hughes
2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century. Illustrated by Bryan Collier.

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Author: Shane Evans
2012 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

A family silently crawls along the ground. They run barefoot through unlit woods, sleep beneath bushes, take shelter in a kind stranger's home. Where are they heading? They are heading for Freedom by way of the Underground Railroad. 9781596435384

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Author: Bryan Collier
2011 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award - Winner

Chronicles the life of Dave, a nineteenth-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter. Written by Laban Carrick Hill and Illustrated by Bryan Collier.