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.
Author award winner - Rita Williams-Garcia, author of P.S. Be Eleven
Author award honor - Walter Dean Myers, author of Darius and Twig
Author award honor - John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, authors of March: Book One
Author award honor - Nikki Grimes, author of Words with Wings
Illustrator award winner - Bryan Collier, illustrator of Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Illustrator award honor - Kadir Nelson, illustrator and author of Nelson Mandela
John Steptoe Award for New Talent - Theodore Taylor III, illustrator of When the Beat Was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop
Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement - Patricia and Frederick McKissack, authors of many award-winning children's books including Christmas in the Big House and Christmas in the Quarters and Sojourner Truth: Ain't I a Woman?