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.

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Bud, Not Buddy
Christopher Paul Curtis

NEWBERY J CURTIS

Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father—the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.


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Elijah of Buxton
Christopher Paul Curtis

HIST J CURTIS

In 1859, eleven-year-old Elijah Freeman, the first free-born child in Buxton, Canada, which is a haven for slaves fleeing the American south, uses his wits and skills to try to bring to justice the lying preacher who has stolen money that was to be used to buy a family’s freedom.


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Copper Sun
Sharon M. Draper

HIST TEEN DRAPER

Two fifteen-year-old girls—one a slave and the other an indentured servant—escape their Carolina plantation and try to make their way to Fort Moses, Florida, a Spanish colony that gives sanctuary to slaves.


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Forged By Fire
Sharon M. Draper

TEEN DRAPER

Teenage Gerald, who has spent years protecting his fragile half-sister from their abusive father, faces the prospect of one final confrontation before the problem can be solved.


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The First Part Last
Angela Johnson

TEEN JOHNSON

Bobby’s carefree teenage life changes forever when he becomes a father and must care for his adored baby daughter.


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Heaven
Angela Johnson

TEEN JOHNSON

Fourteen-year-old Marley’s seemingly perfect life in the small town of Heaven is disrupted when she discovers that her father and mother are not her real parents.


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Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue
Julius Lester

HIST TEEN LESTER

A fictionalized account of the largest slave auction in U.S. history, held in Savannah, Georgia, in 1859.


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Fallen Angels
Walter Dean Myers

TEEN MYERS

Seventeen-year-old Richie Perry, just out of his Harlem high school, enlists in the Army in the summer of 1967 and spends a devastating year on active duty in Vietnam.


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Slam!
Walter Dean Myers

TEEN MYERS

Sixteen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his noteworthy basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.


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We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball
Kadir Nelson

SPORTS BASEBALL JNF NEL

Tells the story of Negro League baseball from its beginnings in the 1920s through the decline after Jackie Robinson crossed over to the majors in 1947.


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Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal (Exceptional Social Studies Titles for Intermediate Grades)
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson

BIOGRAPHY JNF REEVES

The life and times of Bass Reeves, the first African-American deputy U.S. marshal and the most successful in American history.


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Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Andrea Pinkney

HISTORY US JNF PIN

Presents the stories of ten African-American men from different eras in American history, organized chronologically to provide a scope from slavery to the modern day.


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The Land
Mildred D. Taylor

TEEN TAYLOR

After the Civil War, Paul, the son of a white father and a black mother, finds himself caught between the two worlds of colored folks and white folks as he pursues his dream of owning land of his own.


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Let the Circle Be Unbroken
Mildred D. Taylor

HIST TEEN TAYLOR

Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn pride and self-respect from their parents.


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One Crazy Summer
Rita Williams-Garcia

J WILLIAMS-GARCIA

In 1968, three girls travel across the country to spend a month with the mother they barely know, but arrive to a cold welcome as they discover that their poet mother is resentful of the intrusion of their visit.


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P.S. Be Eleven
Rita Williams-Garcia

HIST J WILLIAMS-GARCIA

Eleven-year-old Brooklyn girl Delphine feels overwhelmed with worries and responsibilities. She’s just started sixth grade and is self-conscious about being the tallest girl in the class, and nervous about her first school dance. She’s supposed to be watching her sisters, but Fern and Vonetta are hard to control. Her uncle Darnell is home from Vietnam and seems different. And her Pa has a girlfriend. At least Delphine can write to her mother in Oakland, California, for advice. But why does her mother tell her to ‘be eleven’ when Delphine is now twelve?


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