The Coretta Scott King Awards are given to African American authors and illustrators for outstanding inspirational and educational contributions, the Coretta Scott King Book Award titles promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.
The award is designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. (www.ala.org)
This years award winners: Author: One Crazy Summer, written by Rita Williams-Garcia. This story for children includes themes of friendship, family and identity and intertwine with broad social issues.
Illustrator award: Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave, illustrated by Bryan Collier and written by Laban Carrick Hill. This is the story in pictures and few words about Dave, a slave in 19th century South Carolina who demonstrated extraordinary talent and skill. At a time when it was illegal for slaves to read and write, the eloquent poetry on Dave’s pots provided inspiration and hope to those who had none.