For Kids and Their Grown-Ups: 2024 Coretta Scott King Book Awards

Created by Laura Frantz, collection development librarian

One of the most notable categories of the Youth Media Awards bestowed by the American Library Association is the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Started in 1969, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate and recognize black authors and illustrators in children and youth literature. The awards were expanded in later years to acknowledge new talent and lifetime achievement. Discover this year’s award winners at the Library.

Nigeria Jones” by Ibi Zoboi was the King Author Book winner. Three King Author Honor Books were selected: “Big,” written and illustrated by Vashti Harrison; “How Do You Spell Unfair?: MacNolia Cox and the National Spelling Bee” by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Frank Morrison; and “Kin: Rooted in Hope” by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by Jeffery Boston Weatherford.

An American Story,” illustrated by Dare Coulter, was the King Illustrator Book winner. The book was written by Kwame Alexander. Three King Illustrator Honor Books were selected: “Big,” illustrated and written by Vashti Harrison; “Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes,” illustrated by Shannon Wright and written by Traci N. Todd; and “There Was a Party for Langston,” illustrated by Jerome Pumphrey and Jarret Pumphrey and written by Jason Reynolds.

The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Author Award was given to “There Goes the Neighborhood” by Jade Adia. The Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award was given to “We Could Fly,” illustrated by Briana Mukodiri Uchendu and written by Rhiannon Giddens.

Christopher Paul Curtis was the winner of the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.