2021 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

R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul

Frank Morrison and Carole Boston Weatherford

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father's Detroit church. But Aretha didn't just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

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Shortlists

Exquisite: The Poetry and Life of Gwendolyn Brooks

Cozbi A. Cabrera and Suzanne Slade

From a young age, Gwendolyn Brooks saw stories everywhere she looked. She became the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize, receiving the award for poetry in 1950.

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Magnificent Homespun Brown

Kaylani Juanita and Samara Cole Doyon

Celebrate family and nature through the eyes of a girl who is proud of her dark skin.

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Me & Mama

Cozbi A. Cabrera

A little Black girl spends a lovely day with her mother.

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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