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Coretta Scott King Award

The Coretta Scott King Award is an annual award presented by the American Library Association. Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., this award recognizes outstanding African American authors and illustrators. The book must be about the African American experience, and be written for a youth audience (high school or below).

History

Lillie Patterson won the first award in 1970 for Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace. Since 1974, both author and illustrator awards are granted. Starting in 1978 Honor Books have been recognized. Illustrator Honor Books recognitions began in 1981.

The Coretta Scott King Award Seal was designed by artist Lev Mills in 1974; bronze for winning books and pewter for honor books. There has since been a revision of the seal; a bronze and black seal for winners, pewter and black for honors.

Author Awards

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Author Honor Books

More than one book may be honored in any given year.

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Author Special Citation

Illustrator Awards

This section is incomplete, it is missing award-winners prior to 2008.

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Illustrator Honor Awards

This section is incomplete, it is missing award-winners prior to 2008.

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