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.
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|Fifty Cents and a Dream : Young Booker T. Washington,
by Jabari Asim; illustrated by Bryan Collier
|Summary: “Born into slavery, young Booker T. Washington could only dream of learning to read and write. After emancipation, Booker began a five-hundred-mile journey, mostly on foot, to Hampton Institute, taking his first of many steps towards a college degree. When he arrived, he had just fifty cents in his pocket and a dream about to come true.”–book flap