2018 Coretta Scott King Award Winners


Today the American Library Association just announced the top youth books and media of 2018, including the Coretta Scott King Awards. The Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table have issued awards to outstanding African American authors and illustrators since 1970. 

To find past award winners in our catalog to check availability, do a title search for Coretta Scott King Award. For more information about this award and its recipients, check the ALA website.

Help us recognize these honorees and winners by checking one out today.


2018 Coretta Scott King Author Award Winner

Piecing me together by Renée Watson

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.

2018 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Books

Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

Long way down by Jason Reynolds
Also available in: e-book

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.

The hate u give by Angie Thomas
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | e-audiobook

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.

2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner

Presents a collection of twenty poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.

2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Books

Celebrates the magnificent feeling that comes from walking out of a barber shop with newly-cut hair.

Before she was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome
Also available in: video

A lyrical biography of Harriet Tubman honors the woman of humble origins whose courage and compassion make her larger than life, discussing her roles as a slave, a conductor on the Underground Railroad, a nurse, a Union spy, and a suffragist.

2018 Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award Winner

The stars beneath our feet by David Barclay Moore
Also available in: e-book

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.

Chronicles the life and activism of the Grammy-award winning South African singer, including her anti-apartheid work with Nelson Mandela.