Coretta Scott King Awards

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The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.  The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. 


Alicia Williams
Description: Thirteen-year-old Genesis tries again and again to lighten her black skin, thinking it is the root of her family's troubles, before discovering reasons to love herself as is.
Call Number: J FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Ashley Bryan
Description: "Artist Ashley Bryan's experience as a Black soldier in the segregated army of WWII"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: JB Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum
Description: "A collection of ten short stories that all take place in the same day about kids walking home from school"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: J FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Jerry Craft, Jim Callahan
Description: Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade. As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds--and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
Call Number: J FIC Cra
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison
Description: When five-year-old Sulwe's classmates make fun of her dark skin, she tries lightening herself to no avail, but her encounter with a shooting star helps her understand there is beauty in every shade.
Call Number: E Nyo
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
James Ransome
Description: A slave family is distressed when they discover their son Ben has run away.
Call Number: E Ran
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Junauda Petrus
Description: "Trinidad. Sixteen-year-old Audre is despondent, having just found out she's going to be sent to live in America with her father because her strictly religious mother caught her with her secret girlfriend, the pastor's daughter. Audre's grandmother Queenie (a former dancer who drives a white convertible Cadillac and who has a few secrets of her own) tries to reassure her granddaughter that she won't lose her roots, not even in some place called Minneapolis. Sixteen-year-old Mabel is lying on her bed, staring at the ceiling and trying to figure out why she feels the way she feels--about her ex Terrell, about her girl Jada and that moment they had in the woods, and about the vague feeling of illness that's plagued her all summer. Mabel's reverie is cut short when her father announces that his best friend and his just-arrived-from-Trinidad daughter are coming for dinner. Mabel quickly falls hard for Audre and is determined to take care of her as she tries to navigate an American high school. But their romance takes a turn when test results reveal exactly why Mabel has been feeling low-key sick all summer and suddenly it's Audre who is caring for Mabel as she faces a deeply uncertain future." -- amazon.com
Call Number: YA FIC Pet
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
Description: "Originally performed for ESPN's The Undefeated, this poem is a love letter to black life in the United States. It highlights the unspeakable trauma of slavery, the faith and fire of the civil rights movement, and the grit, passion, and perseverance of some of the world's greatest heroes. The text is also peppered with references to the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., Langston Hughes, Gwendolyn Brooks, and others, offering deeper insights into the accomplishments of the past, while bringing stark attention to the endurance and spirit of those surviving and thriving in the present. Robust back matter at the end provides valuable historical context and additional detail for those wishing to learn more."-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Kwame Mbalia
Description: Seventh-grader Tristan Strong feels anything but strong ever since he failed to save his best friend when they were in a bus accident together. All he has left of Eddie is the journal his friend wrote stories in. Tristan is dreading the month he's going to spend on his grandparents' farm. But on his first night there, a sticky creature shows up and steals Eddie's notebook. Tristan chases after it, and a tug-of-war ensues between them underneath a Bottle Tree. In a last attempt to get it away from the creature, Tristan punches the tree, accidentally ripping open a chasm into the MidPass, a volatile place with a burning sea, haunted bone ships, and iron monsters. Tristan finds himself in the middle of a battle that has left black American folk heroes John Henry and Brer Rabbit exhausted. In order to get back home, Tristan and these new allies will need to entice the god Anansi, the Weaver, to come out of hiding. Can Tristan save this world before he loses more of the things he loves?
Call Number: J FIC Mba
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
Pat McKissack, April Harrison
Description: Despite their own poverty since Daddy died, Mama tells nine-year-old James Otis they need to help Sarah, whose family lost everything in a fire.
Call Number: E McK
Format: Book
Date Added: Jun 4, 2020
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Genesis Begins Again
Alicia Williams
J FIC Wil
The Bell Rang
James Ransome
E Ran
Infinite Hope : A Black Artist's Journey From World War Ii To Peace
Ashley Bryan
JB Bry
The Stars And The Blackness Between Them
Junauda Petrus
YA FIC Pet
Look Both Ways : A Tale Told In Ten Blocks
Jason Reynolds, Alexander Nabaum
J FIC Rey
The Undefeated
Kwame Alexander, Kadir Nelson
E Ale
New Kid
Jerry Craft, Jim Callahan
J FIC Cra
Tristan Strong Punches A Hole In The Sky
Kwame Mbalia
J FIC Mba
Sulwe
Lupita Nyong'o, Vashti Harrison
E Nyo
What Is Given From The Heart
Pat McKissack, April Harrison
E McK