Coretta Scott King Author Award Winners and Honor Titles Since 2001

Awards , Book List , Kids

The Crossover

Title: The Crossover
By: Alexander, Kwame
Published: 2014

2015 Author Honor
Call number: J Alexa.K


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

Title: Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut
By: Barnes, Derrick
Published: 2017

2018 Author Honor
Call number: JPicture Barne.D


Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl

Title: Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
By: Bolden, Tonya
Published: 2005

2006 Author Honor
Call number: xBiog Lyons.M Bolde.T


Zora & Me

Title: Zora & Me
By: Bond, Victoria and T.R. Simon
Published: 2010

2011 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: J Bond.V


Freedom Over Me

Title: Freedom Over Me
By: Bryan, Ashley
Published: 2016

2017 Author Honor
Call number: J Bryan.A


King and the Dragonflies

Title: King and the Dragonflies
By: Callender, Kacen
Published: 2020

2021 Author Honor
Call number: J Calle.K


Finding Langston

Title: Finding Langston
By: Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Published: 2018

2019 Author Honor
Call number: J Cline.L


New Kid

Title: New Kid
By: Craft, Jerry
Published: 2019

2020 Author Winner
Call number: JGraphic Craft.J


Elijah of Buxton

Title: Elijah of Buxton
By: Curtis, Christopher Paul
Published: 2007

2008 Author Winner
Call number: J Curti.C


Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box

Title: Lifting As We Climb: Black Women's Battle for the Ballot Box
By: Dionne, Evette
Published: 2020

2021 Author Honor
Call number: x324.623 Dionn.E


Copper Sun

Title: Copper Sun
By: Draper, Sharon
Published: 2006

2007 Author Winner
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Drape.S


Home Is Not a Country

Title: Home Is Not a Country
By: Elhillo, Safia
Published: 2021

2022 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Elhil.S


Money Hungry

Title: Money Hungry
By: Flake, Sharon G.
Published: 2001

2002 Author Honor
Call number: J Flake.S


Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It

Title: Brendan Buckley's Universe and Everything In It
By: Frazier, Sundee
Published: 2007

2008 John Steptoe Winner for New Talent
Call number: J Frazi.S


The Great Migration: Journey to the North

Title: The Great Migration: Journey to the North
By: Greenfield, Eloise
Published: 2011

2012 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Green.E


Bronx Masquerade

Title: Bronx Masquerade
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2002

2003 Author Winner
Call number: J Grime.N


Dark Sons

Title: Dark Sons
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2005

2006 Author Honor
Call number: J Grime.N


The Road to Paris

Title: The Road to Paris
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2006

2007 Author Honor
Call number: J Grime.N


Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Title: Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2002

2003 Author Honor
Call number: J Grime.N


Words with Wings

Title: Words with Wings
By: Grimes, Nikki
Published: 2013

2014 Author Honor
Call number: x808 Grime.N


A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919

Title: A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919
By: Hartfield, Claire
Published: 2018

2019 Author Winner
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA 305.896 Hartf.C


Missy Violet and Me

Title: Missy Violet and Me
By: Hathaway, Barbara
Published: 2004

2005 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: J Hatha.B


Monday's Not Coming

Title: Monday's Not Coming
By: Jackson, Tiffany D.
Published: 2018

2019 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Jacks.T


The First Part Last

Title: The First Part Last
By: Johnson, Angela
Published: 2003

2004 Author Winner
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Johns.A


The Parker Inheritance

Title: The Parker Inheritance
By: Johnson, Varian
Published: 2018

2019 Author Honor
Call number: J Johns.V


March (link to all titles)

Title: March (link to all titles)
By: Lewis, John
Published: 2013-2016

Book 1: 2014 Author Honor
Book 3: 2017 Author Winner
Note: These books can be found in the Adult and YA sections of our library. Volume 1 is in the children's graphic novel section as well.
Call number: Adult: 328.7309 Lewis.J
YA: YA 328.7309 Lewis.J
Children's: x328.73 Lewis.J


Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue

Title: Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
By: Lester, Julius
Published: 2005

2006 Author Winner
Call number: J Leste.J


How It Went Down

Title: How It Went Down
By: Magoon, Kekla
Published: 2014

2015 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Magoo.K


Revolution in Our Time

Title: Revolution in Our Time
By: Magoon, Kekla
Published: 2021

2022 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA 322.42 Magoo.K


The Rock and the River

Title: The Rock and the River
By: Magoon, Kekla
Published: 2009

2010 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: J Magoo.K


The season of Styx Malone

Title: The season of Styx Malone
By: Magoon, Kekla
Published: 2018

2019 Author Honor
Call number: J Magoo.K


Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky

Title: Tristan Strong Punches a Hole in the Sky
By: Mbalia, Kwame
Published: 2019

2020 Author Honor
Call number: J Mbali.K


Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States

Title: Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States
By: McKissack, Patricia
Published: 2003

2004 Author Honor
Call number: x973.7 Mckis.P


Never Forgotten

Title: Never Forgotten
By: McKissack, Patricia
Published: 2011

2012 Author Honor
Call number: J Mckis.P


The Stars Beneath Our Feet

Title: The Stars Beneath Our Feet
By: Moore, David Barclay
Published: 2017

2018 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: J Moore.D


Remember: The Journey to School Integration

Title: Remember: The Journey to School Integration
By: Morrison, Toni
Published: 2005

2004 Author Winner
Call number: x379.263 Morri.T


The Legend of Buddy Bush

Title: The Legend of Buddy Bush
By: Moses, Sheila P.
Published: 2004

2005 Author Honor
Call number: J Moses.S


Darius & Twig

Title: Darius & Twig
By: Myers, Walter Dean
Published: 2013

2014 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Myers.W


Lockdown

Title: Lockdown
By: Myers, Walter Dean
Published: 2010

2011 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Myers.W


Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans

Title: Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans
By: Nelson, Kadir
Published: 2011

2012 Author Winner
Call number: x973.0496 Nelso.K


We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball

Title: We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
By: Nelson, Kadir
Published: 2008

2009 Author Winner
Call number: x796.35764 Nelso.K


Carver: A Life in Poems

Title: Carver: A Life in Poems
By: Nelson, Marilyn
Published: 2001

2002 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Nelso.M


Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem

Title: Fortune's Bones: The Manumission Requiem
By: Nelson, Marilyn
Published: 2004

2005 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Nelso.M


A Wreath for Emmett Till

Title: A Wreath for Emmett Till
By: Nelson, Marilyn
Published: 2005

2006 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Nelso.M


Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall

Title: Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshall
By: Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
Published: 2009

2010 Author Winner
Call number: xBiog Reeve.B Nelso.V


Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty

Title: Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty
By: Neri, G.
Published: 2010

2011 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Neri.G


The Stars and the Blackness Between Them

Title: The Stars and the Blackness Between Them
By: Petrus, Junauda
Published: 2019

2020 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Petru.J


Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America

Title: Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
By: Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Published: 2012

2013 Author Winner
Call number: x973.0496 Pinkn.A


Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters

Title: Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
By: Pinkney, Andrea Davis
Published: 2000

2001 Author Honor
Call number: x920.72 Pinkn.A


All American Boys

Title: All American Boys
By: Reynolds, Jason with Brendan Kiely
Published: 2015

2016 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Reynol.J


As Brave As You

Title: As Brave As You
By: Reynolds, Jason
Published: 2016

2017 Author Honor
Call number: J Reyno.J


The Boy in the Black Suit

Title: The Boy in the Black Suit
By: Reynolds, Jason
Published: 2015

2016 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Reyno.J


Long Way Down

Title: Long Way Down
By: Reynolds, Jason
Published: 2017

2018 Author Honor
Call number: J Reyno.J
(check also YA Fiction Reyno.J)


Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks

Title: Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks
By: Reynolds, Jason
Published: 2019

2020 Author Honor
Call number: J Reyno.J


When I Was the Greatest

Title: When I Was the Greatest
By: Reynolds, Jason
Published: 2014

2015 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Reyno.J


Ninth Ward

Title: Ninth Ward
By: Rhodes, Jewell Parker
Published: 2010

2011 Author Honor
Call number: J Rhode.J


X: A Novel

Title: X: A Novel
By: Shabazz, Ilyasah with Kekla Magoon
Published: 2015

2016 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Shaba.I


Keeping the Night Watch

Title: Keeping the Night Watch
By: Smith, Anita Hope
Published: 2008

2009 Author Honor
Call number: J Smith.H


The Way a Door Closes

Title: The Way a Door Closes
By: Smith, Anita Hope
Published: 2003

2004 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: x811 Smith.H


Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali

Title: Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
By: Smith, Charles R., Jr.
Published: 2007

2008 Author Honor
Call number: xBiog Ali.M Smith.C


Hoodoo

Title: Hoodoo
By: Smith, Ronald L.
Published: 2015

2016 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: Smith.R


All the Days Past, All the Days to Come

Title: All the Days Past, All the Days to Come
By: Taylor, Mildred D.
Published: 2020

2021 Author Honor
Call number: YA Fiction Taylo.M
Please note: This title is in our YA section.


The Land

Title: The Land
By: Taylor, Mildred D.
Published: 2000

2001 Author Winner
Call number: J Taylo.M


The Hate U Give

Title: The Hate U Give
By: Thomas, Angie
Published: 2017

2018 Author Honor
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Thoma.A


The Blacker the Berry: Poems

Title: The Blacker the Berry: Poems
By: Thomas, Joyce Carol
Published: 2008

2009 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Thoma.J


Piecing Me Together

Title: Piecing Me Together
By: Watson, Renee
Published: 2017

2018 Author Winner
Call number: J Watso.R


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

Title: Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2021

2022 Author Winner
Call Number: x976.9 Weath.C


Genesis Begins Again

Title: Genesis Begins Again
By: Williams, Alicia D.
Published: 2019

2020 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Call number: J Willi.A


Gone Crazy in Alabama

Title: Gone Crazy in Alabama
By: Williams-Garcia, Rita
Published: 2015

2016 Author Winner
Call number: J Willi.R


One Crazy Summer

Title: One Crazy Summer
By: Williams-Garcia, Rita
Published: 2010

2011 Author Winner
Call number: J Willi.R


P.S. Be Eleven

Title: P.S. Be Eleven
By: Williams-Garcia, Rita
Published: 2012

2013 Author Winner
Call number: J Willi.R


The Red Rose Box

Title: The Red Rose Box
By: Woods, Brenda
Published: 2002

2003 Author Honor
Call number: J Woods.B


Before the Ever After

Title: Before the Ever After
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: 2020

2021 Author Winner
Call number: J Woods.J


brown girl dreaming

Title: brown girl dreaming
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: 2014

2015 Author Winner
Call number: xBiog Woods.J Woods.J


Each Kindness

Title: Each Kindness
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: 2012

2013 Author Honor
Call number: JPicture Woods.J


Locomotion

Title: Locomotion
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: 2003

2004 Author Honor
Call number: x811 Woods.J


Miracle's Boys

Title: Miracle's Boys
By: Woodson, Jacqueline
Published: 2000

2001 Author Honor
Call number: Woods.J


The Sun Is Also a Star

Title: The Sun Is Also a Star
By: Yoon, Nicola
Published: 2016

2017 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Note: This title is in our YA section.
Call number: YA Fiction Yoon.N


The People Remember

Title: The People Remember
By: Zoboi, Ibi
Published: 2021

2022 Author Honor
Call number: x394.2 Zoboi.I (Kwanzaa book)


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