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. 


Kathryn Erskine, Charly Palmer
Description: A harrowing picture biography of civil-rights activist and Grammy Award-winning South African singer Miriam Makeba.
Call Number: JB Mak
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth, Ekua Holmes
Description: Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet's art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors' hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
Call Number: J 808.1 Ale
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Renée Watson
Description: Tired of being singled out at her mostly-white private school as someone who needs support, high school junior Jade would rather participate in the school's amazing Study Abroad program than join Women to Women, a mentorship program for at-risk girls.
Call Number: YA FIC Wat
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
David Barclay Moore
Description: Unable to celebrate the holidays in the wake of his older brother's death in a gang-related shooting, Lolly Rachpaul struggles to avoid being forced into a gang himself while constructing a fantastically creative LEGO city at the Harlem community center.
Call Number: J FIC Moo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome
Description: A lush and lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman, written in verse. An evocative poem and opulent watercolors come together to honor a woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life.
Call Number: E Cli
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Derrick D. Barnes, Gordon C. James
Description: Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.
Call Number: E Bar
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Jason Reynolds
Description: As Will, fifteen, sets out to avenge his brother Shawn's fatal shooting, seven ghosts who knew Shawn board the elevator and reveal truths Will needs to know.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Eloise/ Tate Greenfield
Call Number: E ordered 041218
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Angie Thomas
Description: After witnessing her friend's death at the hands of a police officer, Starr Carter's life is complicated when the police and a local drug lord try to intimidate her in an effort to learn what happened the night Kahlil died.
Call Number: YA FIC Tho
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
Call Number: J 323.1 Lew Book 3
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Javaka Steptoe
Description: Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.
Call Number: JB Bas
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Nicola Yoon
Description: "Natasha: I'm a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I'm definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won't be my story. Daniel: I've always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents' high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store--for both of us. The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?"--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: YA FIC Yoo
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Jason Reynolds
Description: When Genie and his older brother spend their summer in the country with their grandparents, he learns a secret about his grandfather and what it means to be brave.
Call Number: J FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Rudine Sims Bishop
Description: Presents a history of African American literature for children from its beginnings in the oral culture of the slaves of the South to the initial church works of the nineteenth century and its full emergence as a literature following the Harlem Renaissance.
Call Number: 810.9 Bis
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie
Description: "As slaves relentlessly toiled in an unjust system in 19th century Louisiana, they all counted down the days until Sunday, when at least for half a day they were briefly able to congregate in Congo Square in New Orleans. Here they were free to set up an open market, sing, dance, and play music. They were free to forget their cares, their struggles, and their oppression. This story chronicles slaves' duties each day, from chopping logs on Mondays to baking bread on Wednesdays to plucking hens on Saturday, and builds to the freedom of Sundays and the special experience of an afternoon spent in Congo Square."--Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Wea
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Ashley Bryan
Description: "Using original slave auction and plantation estate documents, contrasts the monetary value of a slave with the priceless value of life experiences and dreams that a slave owner could never take away"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Bry
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Richard Jackson, Jerry Pinkney
Description: "An ailing grandfather and his helpful granddaughter play a unique game of seek and find"-- Provided by publisher.
Call Number: E Jac
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Rita Williams-Garcia
Description: Spending the summer with their grandmother in the rural South, three sisters from Brooklyn discover the surprising reason behind their mother's estrangement from their aunt.
Call Number: J FIC Wil
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Ronald L. Smith
Description: In 1930s Alabama, twelve-year-old Hoodoo Hatcher is the only member of his family who seems unable to practice folk magic, but when a mysterious man called the Stranger puts the entire town at risk from his black magic, Hoodoo must learn to conjure to defeat him.
Call Number: J FIC Smi
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier
Description: A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.
Call Number: E And
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua Holmes
Description: Presents a collage-illustrated treasury of poems and spirituals inspired by the life and work of civil rights advocate Fannie Lou Hamer.
Call Number: JB Ham
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
Description: When sixteen-year-old Rashad is mistakenly accused of stealing, classmate Quinn witnesses his brutal beating at the hands of a police officer who happens to be the older brother of his best friend. Told through Rashad and Quinn's alternating viewpoints.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
Description: A young boy rides the bus across town with his grandmother and learns to appreciate the beauty in everyday things.
Call Number: E Pen
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie
Description: Relates the story of the National Memorial African Bookstore, founded in Harlem by Louis Michaux in 1939, as seen from the perspective of Louis Michaux Jr., who met famous men like Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X while helping there.
Call Number: E Nel
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Jason Reynolds
Description: Soon after his mother's death, Matt takes a job at a funeral home in his tough Brooklyn neighborhood and, while attending and assisting with funerals, begins to accept her death and his responsibilities as a man.
Call Number: YA FIC Rey
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
Ilyasah. Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
Description: Malcolm Little's parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that's a pack of lies--after all, his father's been murdered, his mother's been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There's no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm's efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory.
Call Number: YA FIC Sha
Format: Book
Date Added: Apr 17, 2018
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Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope With Her Song
Kathryn Erskine, Charly Palmer
JB Mak
Free Within Ourselves: The Development Of African American Children's Literature
Rudine Sims Bishop
810.9 Bis
Out Of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, Marjory Wentworth, Ekua Holmes
J 808.1 Ale
Freedom In Congo Square
Carole Boston Weatherford, R. Gregory Christie
E Wea
Piecing Me Together
Renée Watson
YA FIC Wat
Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives And Dreams Brought To Life
Ashley Bryan
E Bry
The Stars Beneath Our Feet
David Barclay Moore
J FIC Moo
In Plain Sight: A Game
Richard Jackson, Jerry Pinkney
E Jac
Before She Was Harriet
Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome
E Cli
Gone Crazy In Alabama
Rita Williams-Garcia
J FIC Wil
Crown: An Ode To The Fresh Cut
Derrick D. Barnes, Gordon C. James
E Bar
Hoodoo
Ronald L. Smith
J FIC Smi
Long Way Down
Jason Reynolds
YA FIC Rey
Trombone Shorty
Troy Andrews, Bryan Collier
E And
Par-Tay!: Dance Of The Veggies (And Their Friends)
Eloise/ Tate Greenfield
E ordered 041218
Voice Of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit Of The Civil Rights Movement
Carole Boston Weatherford, Ekua Holmes
JB Ham
The Hate U Give
Angie Thomas
YA FIC Tho
All American Boys
Jason Reynolds, Brendan Kiely
YA FIC Rey
March: Book Three
John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
J 323.1 Lew Book 3
Last Stop On Market Street
Matt de la Peña, Christian Robinson
E Pen
Radiant Child: The Story Of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat
Javaka Steptoe
JB Bas
The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, And Harlem's Greatest Bookstore
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, R. Gregory Christie
E Nel
The Sun Is Also A Star
Nicola Yoon
YA FIC Yoo
The Boy In The Black Suit
Jason Reynolds
YA FIC Rey
As Brave As You
Jason Reynolds
J FIC Rey
X: A Novel
Ilyasah. Shabazz, Kekla Magoon
YA FIC Sha