Award-Winning African American Authors

Old typewriter keys. ©Robin Nelson

To celebrate Black History Month this year we decided to highlight the Coretta Scott King Awards on the library display behind the Reference Desk. The Coretta Scott King Awards are one of many awards presented each year by the American Library Association. The “about” section of the Coretta Scott King Award page explains that the 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.” Those titles on display are available for check-out and you should certainly take the time to browse through them.

In addition to the Coretta Scott King Awards, we wanted to highlight a few more African American award-winning authors. A quick skim of the Newbery, Caldecott, National Book Award, and Pulitzer Prize winners lists shows a number of African American authors whose work you should find the time to read (and don’t worry – all the titles we discuss are available here in the library!). Here we go…


Bud Not Buddy

Bud, Not Buddy
by Christopher Paul Curtis
Juv PZ 7 .C94137 Bu 1999

Roll of Thunder Hear My Cry

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor
Juv PZ 7 .T21723 Ro

M.C. Higgins, The Great

M.C. Higgins, The Great
by Virginia Hamilton
Juv PZ 7 .H1828 Mac


Duke Ellington

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
Juv ML 3930 .E44 P56 1998

The Snowy Day

The Snowy Day
by Ezra Jack Keats
Juv PS 7 .K2253 Sn

The Lion and the Mouse

The Lion & the Mouse
by Jerry Pinkney
Juv Pz 8.2 .P456 Li 2009

National Book Award:

Salvage the Bones

Salvage the Bones
by Jesmyn Ward
PS 3623 .A7323 S36 2011

Head Off and Split

Head Off & Split: Poems
by Nikky Finney
PS 3556 .I53 H43 2011

Invisible Man

Invisible Man
by Ralph Ellison
PS 3555 .L625 I5 1994

The Women of Brewster Place

The Women of Brewster Place
by Gloria Naylor
PS 3564 .A895 W6 1983

The Color Purple

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker
PS 3573 .A425 C6 2003 c.2

Middle Passage

Middle Passage
by Charles Johnson
PS 3560 .O3735 M5 2005

The Good Lord Bird

The Good Lord Bird
by James McBride
PS 3613 .C28 G66 2013


by Terrance Hayes
PS 3558 .A8378 L54 2010

Pulitzer Prize:

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao
by Junot Díaz
PS 3554 .I259 B75 2007

The Known World

The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
PS 2560 .O4813 K58 2003


by Toni Morrison
PS 3563 .O8749 B4 2004

Remember, all you need to check one of these out is your SCC ID card! Happy reading – and happy Black History Month!


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