The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are given annually to outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood.
This year's author award went to Andrea Davis Pinkney for Hand in Hand: ten black men who changed America . Hand in Hand is a collective biography of ten well-known African American men who dramatically changed history. Each acted with fervor and rose to greatness through education and how they chose to live their lives. Pinkney’s focus on that point makes this a unique and refreshing collection.
The illustrator award went to Bryan Collier for I, too am America by Langston Hughes. Collier offers a picture book rendition of Langston Hughes’ famous poem—“I, Too, Am America”—as a tribute to Pullman porters.
The honor books for 2013 are:Jacqueline Woodson, author of Each Kindness , Daniel Minter, illustrator of Ellen’s Broom , Christopher Myers, illustrator and author of H. O. R. S. E : a game of basketball and imagination ., and Kadir Nelson, illustrator of I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King, Jr .