Coretta Scott King Award – Read Aloud Books

Doing a classroom read-aloud this month?
Look no further!  This month, we’re spotlighting 4 amazing books that have won the Coretta Scott King Book Award, and will work perfectly in a variety of classrooms, just in time for Black History Month.

The Coretta Scott King Book Award is given annually by the American Library Association.  According the the ALA, 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.

Below, you’ll find the book title, author, illustrator, a brief description, catalog link and location of each book.  All books are currently available to check-out at the McGraw-Page Library and are displayed (with many others) on the first display table by the Circulation Desk.

Radiant Child 
by Javaka Steptoe (author/illustrator)
Cover of the Book Radiant Child2017 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe’s vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat’s own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn’t always have to be neat or clean–and definitely not inside the lines–to be beautiful.
JUV BIO BAS (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Radiant Child  


Little Melba and Her Big Trombone 
by Katheryn Russell-Brown
Illustrated by Frank Morrison
Cover of the book Little Melba and Her Big Trombone2015 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.
BIO LIS (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Little Melba and Her Big Trombone


Out of Wonder
by Kwame Alexander, Chris Colderley, and Marjory Wentworth
Illustrated by Ekua Holmes
Cover of the book Out of Wonder2018 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
Presents a collection of 20 poems written in tribute to well-known poets from around the world.  Newbery Medalist and a Caldecott Honoree offer a glorious, lyrical ode to poets who have sparked a sense of wonder. Out of gratitude for the poet’s art form, Newbery Award-winning author and poet Kwame Alexander, along with Chris Colderley and Marjory Wentworth, present original poems that pay homage to twenty famed poets who have made the authors’ hearts sing and their minds wonder. Stunning mixed-media images by Ekua Holmes, winner of a Caldecott Honor and a John Steptoe New Talent Illustrator Award, complete the celebration and invite the reader to listen, wonder, and perhaps even pick up a pen.
JUV 808.1 ALE (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Out of Wonder


by Alan Schroeder
Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney
Cover of the book Minty.1997 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award Winner
They called her “Minty.”
When she grew up, she became Harriet Tubman, the courageous and heroic woman who helped hundreds of slaves escape to freedom through the Underground Railroad. But she was just a little girl for a while—and this is her story. Minty, short for Araminta, was a feisty and headstrong young slave, whose rebellious spirit often got her into trouble. She told stories to her doll, released animals from traps, and, above all, dreamed of running away. And when her father began to teach her the skills necessary for escape, she listened carefully, and learned.
BIO TUB (On display – February 2020)
Catalog Link – Minty

Have you used any of these in a classroom yet?
Are there other Coretta Scott King Award Winners you’ve used and love?
Let us know in the comments below!!

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