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Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

Coretta Scott King Awards

The American Library Association announced the winners of the Coretta Scott King awards on January 26, 2009. The Coretta Scott King award is given every year to honor the best books by African American authors and illustrators. These 2008 books will be ordered for the Curriculum Library. This year’s winners are:

Author Award

Kadir Nelson Now in the Curriculum Library!
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group CL 796.357 Nel76w 2008

Author Honor Books

Hope Anita Smith
Keeping the Night Watch
published by Henry Holt and Company

Joyce Carol Thomas
The Blacker the Berry
published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Carole Boston Weatherford
Becoming Billie Holiday
published by Wordsong, an imprint of Boyds Mills Press, Inc

Illustrator Award

Floyd Cooper
The Blacker the Berry
published by Amistad, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers

Illustrator Honor Books

Kadir Nelson
We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
published by Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, an imprint of Disney Book Group CL 796.357 Nel76w 2008

Jerry Pinkney
The Moon Over Star
published by Dial Books for Young Readers, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group

Sean Qualls
Before John Was a Jazz Giant
published by Henry Holt and Company

John Steptoe New Talent Award - Illustrator

Shadra Strickland
Bird
published by Lee & Low Books

“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.

The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
More about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/rts/emiert/corettascottkingbookaward/corettascott.cfm

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