Included in the awards presented annually to children’s books’ authors and illustrators are the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. They are given to African American authors and illustrators for “outstanding inspirational and educational contributions” which “promote understanding and appreciation of the culture of all peoples and their contribution to the realization of the American dream of a pluralistic society.” You can find a list of past winners here, on the American Library Association website.
This book fits the qualifications and could, in 2013, be on the list of winners. Find our other “nominees” here. If you read an additional new book that you feel is qualified for a Coretta Scott King award, please email so that we may include it in our list. If you have read these titles and want to comment, please do so below. We’d love to hear from you!
|No Crystal Stair : a documentary novel of the life and work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem bookseller
Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, author;
R. Gregory Christie, illustrator
|Summary: Documentary sounds like it could be boring, but you won’t find a boring word here. In this work of historical fiction, Nelson tells the story of a man with a passion for knowledge and of a bookstore whose influence has become legendary. (Grade 7 and up)