In keeping with our month long celebration of African-American history, let's also celebrate the African-American present with some of the amazing award recipients of the Coretta Scott King Award. Every year, several books are given the honor to place the black and gold award symbol on their cover. Here are a couple of our favorites.
Gone Crazy in Alabama is the 2016 winner and the third book in the trilogy about the Gather sisters, three strong little girls growing up in rural Alabama. All three books are a must read for middle grade elementary age kids.
This autobiographical picture book by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews tells his story of growing up in the Jazz tradition of New Orleans. The illustrations are gorgeous!
The original words by beloved poet, Langston Hughes with award-winning photographs by Charles R. Smith Jr.
This collection of 12 poems celebrates the beautiful variety of skin tones within the African-American ethnic heritage. Most of the poems are narrated by children, and they use gorgeous imagery and language on each page.