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2020 Coretta Scott King Book Award – Illustrator

Founded in 1969, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding Black authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that portray an aspect of the Black experience. The awards include several categories and are given annually at the American Library Association conference.

Ages: 0-17 years

Winners

The Undefeated

Kwame Alexander and Kadir Nelson

A powerful ode to the resilience and strength of Black lives in America. The poem and pictures depict heroes in the fields of sport, the arts and political activism, as well as everyday champions.

All formats.

Shortlists

The Bell Rang

James Ransome

Each day on the plantation is the same, until one day when the bell rings and Ben is nowhere to be found. Because Ben ran.

Infinite Hope: A Black Artist's Journey from World War II to Peace

Ashley Bryan

A visual memoir of a Black soldier who fought in World War II, documenting his experiences through letters, sketches, photos and paintings.

All formats.

Sulwe

Vashti Harrison and Lupita Nyong'o

Sulwe does not look like the rest of her family. Her skin is the colour of midnight. But she learns to shine bright and proud like a star!

All formats.

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Coretta Scott King Book Award – Illustrator

Founded in 1969, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards recognize outstanding Black authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that portray an aspect of the Black experience. The awards include several categories and are given annually at the American Library Association conference.

Ages: 0-17 years