Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winners and Honor Titles Since 2001

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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets

Title: Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
By: Alexander, Kwame with Chris Corderley and Marjory Wentworth
Published: 2017

2018 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Ekua Holmes
Call number: x808.1 Out


The Undefeated

Title: The Undefeated
By: Alexander, Kwame
Published: 2019

2020 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: x811 Alexa.K


Trombone Shorty

Title: Trombone Shorty
By: Andrews, Troy "Trombone Shorty"
Published: 2015

2016 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: xBiog Andre.T Andre.T


Moon Over Star

Title: Moon Over Star
By: Aston, Diana Hutts
Published: 2008

2009 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Call number: JPicture Aston.D


Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut

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

2018 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Gordon C. James
Call number: JPicture Barne.D


The Stuff of Stars

Title: The Stuff of Stars
By: Bauer, Marion Dane
Published: 2018

2019 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Ekua Holmes
Call number: JPicture Bauer.M


Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me

Title: Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
By: Beaty, Daniel
Published: 2013

2014 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: JPicture Beaty.D


Soul Food Sunday

Title: Soul Food Sunday
By: Bingham, Winsome
Published: 2021

2022 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: C.G. Esperanza
Call number: JPicture Bingh.W


Beautiful Blackbird

Title: Beautiful Blackbird
By: Bryan, Ashley
Published: 2003

2004 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan
Call number: x398.6 Zambia Bryan.A


Freedom Over Me

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

2017 Illustrator Honor (and 2017 Coretta Scott King Author Honor)
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan
Call number: J Bryan.A


Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Title: Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace
By: Bryan, Ashley
Published: 2019

2020 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator Honor: Ashley Bryan
Call number: xBiog Bryan.A Bryan.A


Me & Mama

Title: Me & Mama
By: Cabrera, Cozbi A.
Published: 2020

2021 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Cozbi A. Cabrera
Call number: JPicture Cabre.C


Let the Children March

Title: Let the Children March
By: Clark-Robinson, Monica
Published: 2018

2019 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Call number: Clark.M


Before She Was Harriet

Title: Before She Was Harriet
By: Cline-Ransome, Lesa
Published: 2017

2018 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: James Ransome
Call number: xBiog Tubma.H Cline.L


Uptown

Title: Uptown
By: Collier, Bryan
Published: 2000

2001 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: JPicture Colli.B


Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Teaches a Young Girl to Dance Like the Firebird

Title: Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Teaches a Young Girl to Dance Like the Firebird
By: Copeland, Misty
Published: 2014

2015 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Call number: JPicture Copel.M


My Family Plays Music

Title: My Family Plays Music
By: Cox, Judy
Published: 2003

2004 John Steptoe New Talent Award
Illustrator: Elbrite Brown
Call number: JPicture Cox.J


Last Stop on Market Street

Title: Last Stop on Market Street
By: de la Peña, Matt
Published: 2015

2016 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Call number: JPicture Delap.M


Jazz on a Saturday Night

Title: Jazz on a Saturday Night
By: Dillon, Leo and Diane
Published: 2007

2008 Illustrator Honor
Illustrators: Leo and Diane Dillon
Call number: x781.65 Dillo.L


Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles, Think of That!

Title: Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles, Think of That!
By: Dillon, Leo and Diane
Published: 2002

2003 Illustrator Honor
Illustrators: Leo and Diane Dillon
Call number: JPicture Dillo.L


Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration

Title: Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration
By: Doyon, Samara Cole
Published: 2020

2021 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kaylani Juanita
Call number: JPicture Doyon.S


The Moon Ring

Title: The Moon Ring
By: DuBurke, Randy
Published: 2002

2003 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Randy DuBurke
Call number: JPicture Dubur.R


Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968

Title: Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968
By: Duncan, Alice Faye
Published: 2018

2019 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Call number: x331.892 Dunca.A


Bird

Title: Bird
By: Elliott, Zetta
Published: 2008

2009 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Shandra Strickland
Call number: J Ellio.Z


Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song

Title: Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
By: Erskine, Kathryn
Published: 2017

2018 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Charley Palmer
Call number: xBiog Makeb.M Erski.K


Underground

Title: Underground
By: Evans, Shane
Published: 2011

2012 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Shane Evans
Call number: x973.7115 Evans.S


Rosa

Title: Rosa
By: Giovanni, Nikki
Published: 2005

2006 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: xBiog Parks.R Giova.N


Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix)

Title: Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow (The Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix)
By: Golio, Gary
Published: 2010

2011 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Javaka Steptoe
Call number: xBiog Hendr.J Golio.G


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 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Call number: J Grime.N


The People Could Fly: The Picture Book

Title: The People Could Fly: The Picture Book
By: Hamilton, Virginia
Published: 2004

2005 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Leo and Diane Dillon
Call number: x398.208996 Hamil.V


God Bless the Child

Title: God Bless the Child
By: Herzog, Arthur, Jr.
Published: 2004

2005 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Call number: JPicture Herzo.A


Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Title: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
By: Hill, Laban Carrick
Published: 2010

2011 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: xBiog Dave Hill.L


When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop

Title: When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
By: Hill, Laban Carrick
Published: 2013

2014 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Theodore Taylor III
Call number: x782.421649 Hill.L


Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys

Title: Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
By: Howard, Elizabeth Fitzgerald
Published: 2000

2001 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Call number: JPicture Howar.E


I, Too, Am America

Title: I, Too, Am America
By: Hughes, Langston
Published: 2012

2013 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: x811 Hughe.L


Langston Hughes (Poetry for Young People)

Title: Langston Hughes (Poetry for Young People)
By: Hughes, Langston
Published: 2006

2007 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Benny Andrews
Call number: x811 Hughe.L


My People

Title: My People
By: Hughes, Langston
Published: 2009

2010 Illustrator Award
Illustrator: Charles R. Smith, Jr.
Call number: x811 Hughe.L


The Negro Speaks of Rivers

Title: The Negro Speaks of Rivers
By: Hughes, Langston
Published: 2009

2010 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: E. B. Lewis
Call number: x811 Hughe.L


In Plain Sight

Title: In Plain Sight
By: Jackson, Richard
Published: 2016

2017 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Jerry Pinkney
Call number: JPicture Jacks.R


Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace

Title: Seeds of Change: Planting a Path to Peace
By: Johnson, Jen Cullerton
Published: 2010

2011 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Sonia Lynn Sadler
Call number: xBiog Maath.W Johns.J


The Secret Olivia Told Me

Title: The Secret Olivia Told Me
By: Joy, N.
Published: 2007

2008 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Nancy Devard
Call number: JPicture Joy.N


I Have a Dream

Title: I Have a Dream
By: King, Martin Luther, Jr.
Published: 2012

2013 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: x323.092 King.M


Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals

Title: Let It Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
By:
Published: 2007

2008 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Ashley Bryan
Call number: x782.253 Let


Ellen's Broom

Title: Ellen's Broom
By: Lyons, Kelly Starling
Published: 2012

2013 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Daniel Minter
Call number: JPicture Lyons.K


Goin' Someplace Special

Title: Goin' Someplace Special
By: McKissack, Patricia
Published: 2001

2002 Illustrator Winner
Author: Jerry Pinkney
Call number: JPicture McKis.P


What Is Given from the Heart

Title: What Is Given from the Heart
By: McKissack, Patricia
Published: 2019

2020 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: April Harrison
Call number: JPicture Mckis.P


Thank You, Omu!

Title: Thank You, Omu!
By: Mora, Oge
Published: 2018

2019 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Oge Mora
Call number: JPicture Mora.O


H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination

Title: H.O.R.S.E.: A Game of Basketball and Imagination
By: Myers, Christopher
Published: 2012

2013 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Call number: JPicture Myers.C


Jazz

Title: Jazz
By: Myers, Walter Dean
Published: 2006

2007 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Call number: x811 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 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: x973.0496 Nelso,K


Nelson Mandela

Title: Nelson Mandela
By: Nelson, Kadir
Published: 2013

2014 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: xBiog Mande.N 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 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: x796.35764 Nelso.K


Almost to Freedom

Title: Almost to Freedom
By: Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
Published: 2003

2004 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Colin Bootman
Call number: JPicture Nelso.V


The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore

Title: The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
By: Nelson, Vaunda Micheaux
Published: 2015

2016 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Call number: J Nelso.V


Thunder Rose

Title: Thunder Rose
By: Nolen, Jerdine
Published: 2003

2004 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: JPicture Nolen.J


Sulwe

Title: Sulwe
By: Nyong'o, Lupita
Published: 2019

2020 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Vashti Harrison
Call number: Nyong.L


Visiting Langston

Title: Visiting Langston
By: Perdomo, Willie
Published: 2002

2003 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: x811 Perdo.W


Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker

Title: Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker
By: Powell, Patricia Hruby
Published: 2014

2015 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Call number: xBiog Baker.J Powel.P


The Bell Rang

Title: The Bell Rang
By: Ransome, James
Published: 2019

2020 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: James Ransome
Call number: JPicture Ranso.J


Freedom River

Title: Freedom River
By: Rappaport, Doreen
Published: 2000

2001 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: xBiog Parke.J Rappa.D


Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Title: Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
By: Rappaport, Doreen
Published: 2001

2002 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Bryan Collier
Call number: xBiog King.M Rappa.D


Jazzy Miz Mozetta

Title: Jazzy Miz Mozetta
By: Roberts, Brenda C.
Published: 2004

2005 John Steptoe New Talent Award
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Call number: JPicture Rober.B


Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth

Title: Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth
By: Rockwell, Anne F.
Published: 2000

2001 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Call number: xBiog Truth.S Rockw.A


We Wait for the Sun

Title: We Wait for the Sun
By: Roundtree, Dovey Johnson with Katie McCabe
Published: 2021

2022 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Raissa Figueroa
Call number: xBiog Round.D Round.D


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Title: Little Melba and Her Big Trombone
By: Russell-Brown, Katheryn
Published: 2014

2015 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Call number: xBiog Listo.M Russe.K


Ellington Was Not a Street

Title: Ellington Was Not a Street
By: Shange, Ntozake
Published: 2004

2005 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: x811 Shang.N


Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Title: Hidden Figures: The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race
By: Shetterly, Margot Lee
Published: 2018

2019 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Laura Freeman
Call number: x510.922 Shett.M


Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Title: Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
By: Slade, Suzanne
Published: 2020

2021 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Cozbi A. Cabrera
Call number: xBiog Brook.G Slade.S


Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat

Title: Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
By: Steptoe, Javaka
Published: 2016

2017 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Javaka Steptoe
Call number: xBiog Basqu.J Stept.J


The Blacker the Berry: Poems

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

2009 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
Call number: x811 Thoma.J


Nina: A Story of Nina Simone

Title: Nina: A Story of Nina Simone
By: Todd, Traci N.
Published: 2021

2022 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Christian Robinson
Call number: xBiog Simon.N Todd.T


Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane

Title: Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2008

2009 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: Sean Qualls
Call number: xBiog Coltr.J Weath.C


Freedom in Congo Square

Title: Freedom in Congo Square
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2016

2017 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Call number: x976.335 Weath.C


Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom

Title: Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2006

2007 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Call number: xBiog Tubma.H Weath.C


R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul

Title: R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2020

2021 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Frank Morrison
Call number: xBiog Frank.A Weath.C


Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre

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

2022 Illustrator Winner
Illustrator: Floyd Cooper
Call number: x976.6 Weath.C


Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement

Title: Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
By: Weatherford, Carole Boston
Published: 2015

2016 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Ekua Holmes
Call number: xBiog Hamer.F Weath.C


Freedom Summer

Title: Freedom Summer
By: Wiles, Deborah
Published: 2001

2002 John Steptoe Award for New Talent
Illustrator: Jerome Lagarrigue
Call number: JPicture Wiles.D


Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan

Title: Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan
By: Williams, Mary
Published: 2005

2006 Illustrator Honor
Illustrator: R. Gregory Christie
Call number: J Willi.M


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