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Named for Mrs. Coretta Scott King, these awards recognize the works of outstanding African American authors and illustrators and uphold the vital importance of children’s literature that celebrates African American life and culture.
Featuring 101 award/honor-winning titles, Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards, debuted at the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature (NCCIL) on February 8, 2017. Named for Mrs. Coretta Scott King, these awards recognize the works of outstanding African American authors and illustrators, and uphold the vital importance of children’s literature that celebrates African American life and culture. Awarded annually by the American Library Association (ALA) for books about the African American experience, Coretta Scott King Book Awards are among the brightest acknowledgements of children’s literature on America’s cultural landscape. The awards commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honor his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
The Coretta Scott King Book Award and its association with American Library Association (ALA) originated in 1969. It came as the result of a discussion between two librarians and a publisher. The impetus flowed from the observation that no African American author or illustrator had ever been honored by the prestigious Newberry and Caldecott awards, established in 1922 and 1938, respectively. The first Coretta Scott King Book Award was presented to Lillie Patterson during the New Jersey Association meeting in May 1970, for her biography, Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace. Over the next twelve years, without official recognition from the executive board of ALA, the presentations continued, and in 1974, an illustrator award category was added. In 1982, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards became an officially recognized ALA award.
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