Coretta Scott King Award

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.

2016 Coretta Scott King Book Award Winner and Honors


Author & Illustrator

Author Award

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Rita Williams-Garcia

Author Honor

All American Boys

Jason Reynolds & Brendan Kiely

Author Honor

The Boy in the Black Suit

Jason Reynolds

Author Honor

X: A Novel

Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon

Illustrator Award

Trombone Shorty

Troy Andrews & Bryan Collier

Illustrator Honor

The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore

Vaunda Micheaux Nelson & R. Gregory Christie

Illustrator Honor

Last Stop on Market Street

Matt de le Peña & Christian Robinson