Coretta Scott King Award Honors

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coretta scott king award sealThe Coretta Scott King Award is an annual award presented by the Ethnic & Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table, part of the American Library Association (ALA). Named for Coretta Scott King, wife of Martin Luther King, Jr., this award recognizes outstanding African American authors and illustrators, and is awarded for books about the African-American experience that are written for a youth audience (high school or below). 

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The Voice of the Children
Twenty black and Puerto Rican children write their poetic impressions of growing up in the ghettos of America.
release date: Jul 20, 1996
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Song of the Trees
During the Depression, a rural black family deeply attached to the forest on their land tries to save it from being cut down by an unscrupulous white man.
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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
Use Novel-Ties ® study guides as your total guided reading program. Reproducible pages in chapter-by-chapter format provide you with the right questions to ask, the important issues to discuss, and the organizational aids that help students get the most out of each book they read.
release date: Feb 15, 2006
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
This time-saving, easy-to-use teacher guide includes inspiring lesson plans which provide a comprehensive novel unit--the legwork is done for you! The guide incorporates essential reading, writing and thinking practice.
release date: Mar 01, 1993
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The Days when the Animals Talked
Presents more than 20 Afro-American folktales featuring the escapades of Brer Rabbit and more than 10 tales describing the lives of Afro-American slaves.
release date: Jan 01, 1998
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Justice and Her Brothers
Justice's two brothers are identical twins. Although they look exactly alike, Thomas is mean while Levi is kind. One summer, mysterious, extrasensory powers threaten to tear the entire family apart. This is the first book in the "Justice" trilogy.
release date: Feb 01, 1982
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All the Colors of the Race
A collection of poems written from the point of view of a child with a black mother and a white father.
release date: Oct 01, 1999
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This Strange New Feeling
Ras and Sally fell in love before they could stop themselves. Maria thought Forrest was too good for her, until he bought her freedom. William and Ellen knew the only way to be free was through a dangerous masquerade that could separate them forever. ]
release date: Jan 01, 1991
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The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl

One long time ago, Pretty Pearl god child lived high on a mountaintop in Africa with all other gods. Curious about mankind and itching to show off her powers, she came down off the mountain with her brother, know-all best god John de Conquer, and sailed on a slave ship for America. There she saw the suffering of the black people, and felt their sorrow right behind her eyes . Pretty Pearl knew now was her time to act.Brother John gave her a magical necklace, a set of rules to follow, and a warning to be careful. "Them human bein's be awful tricky," he said."they has most winnin' ways."

Drawing upon her fabulous storehouse of black legend, myth, and folklore, Virginia Hamilton has ventured into new ways of exploring the human spirit in this extrodinary fantasy filled with mysteries, beauty, and hope.

release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Lion and the Ostrich Chicks
Four folktales from different parts of Africa include the title story, in which a clever mongoose outwits a foolish lion while rescuing six ostrich chicks. Reprint. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. SLJ. H.
release date: Jun 26, 1997
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The Invisible Hunters (Los Cazadores Invisibles)
Late one Saturday afternoon, three brothers leave their village to hunt wari, the wild pig their people depend on for food. While hunting they discover a magical vine that can make them invisible—but they will only enjoy this power if they promise never to sell the meat they hunt, and never to hunt with guns, only with sticks. All is well until European traders arrive to buy the precious wari meat—and the brothers forget the promises they made so long ago. This is a Miskito version of the classic folk theme of how the very thing that gives you power can turn against you if not respected and used properly. The Invisible Hunters is about caring for our environment and our community, and about not losing sight of what is important.
release date: Jan 01, 1987
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The Tales of Uncle Remus
Whether he is besting Brer Fox or sneaking into Mr. Man's garden, Brer Rabbit is always teaching a valuable lesson. These classic tales are full of wit, humor, and creativity, and Julius Lester brings an added contemporary sense to these forty-eight timeless stories.
release date: Sep 30, 1990
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Storm in the Night
Storm in the night.
Thunder like mountains blowing up.
Lightning licking the navy-blue sky.
Rain streaming down the windows,
babbling in the downspouts.
And Grandfather? . . .
And Thomas? . . .
And Ringo, the cat?
They were in the dark.

Too early to go to bed, and with only flashes of lightning to see by, Thomas and his grandfather happily find themselves re-discovering the half-forgotten scents and sounds of their world, and having a wonderful time learning important, new things about each other in a spirited conversation sparked by darkness.

Mary Stolz and Pat Cummings have each brought their unique talents to this lyrical tale about a magical, stormy night and a special relationship.

release date: Jan 01, 1989
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Anthony Burns
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A biography of the slave who escaped to Boston in 1854, was arrested at the instigation of his owner, and whose trial caused a furor between abolitionists and those determined to enforce the Fugitive Slave Acts.
release date: Aug 01, 1990
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The Talking Eggs
The author of such delights as The Christmas Ark and The Enchanted Tapestry joins forces with illustrator Pinkney to resurrect a colorful folktale that captures the unique flavor of the American South. A 1989 Caldecott Honor Book.
release date: Sep 01, 1993
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Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Freedom Movement
The Makers of America set offers engaging and inspiring portraits of the private lives and public achievements of some of the most significant people in history. These critically acclaimed volumes make skillful use of primary sources to capture the excitement of a period and provide a rich historical context. They offer a fresh, stimulating approach to learning about important chapters in history, including many events, movements, and issues often neglected by traditional narratives.This volume tells the story of Dr. King's nonviolent struggle to achieve his goals.
release date: Jan 01, 1997
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The Bells of Christmas
Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. Set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, “Hamilton's story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations.”--School Library Journal
release date: Mar 01, 1993
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When I Am Old with You
"A small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Granddaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything...The poignant reality that time will never allow these two to coexist at the same age is softened by the fact that they do not have to be the same age in order to share happy times...The African American child and grandfather are...recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations." - School Library Journal, starred review
release date: Dec 30, 2003
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All Night, All Day
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan has selected twenty best-known and best-loved African-American spirituals, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and such others as "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He's Got the Whole World in His Hands."
Glorious full-color pictures, piano accompaniment, and guitar chords help capture the spirit and essence of these timeless songs that can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.
release date: Jan 01, 1996
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Sukey and the Mermaid

Storyteller say,
This happened oncet upon a time,
on a little island off the coast
of South Carolina.

A girl named Sukey lived with her ma and new step-pa. Sukey called her step-pa "Mister Hard-Times." Every day, while he watched, she hoed the weeds in the garden and every day, she sang:

Mister Hard-Times,
Since you come
My ma don't like me,
My work never done.

But one morning, when her step-pa wasn't looking, Sukey ran away to her secret hiding place by the sea and unwittingly called up Mama Jo, a beautiful black mermaid. The adventures that followed changed her life forever.

In this dream-woven story, artfully retold by Robert D. San Souci from an American folktale, a poor girl finds her wishes answered not by treasure, or the sea's magic, but by goodness and love.

release date: Sep 08, 1992
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Little Eight John
Despite his mother's warning that kicking at the toad frogs will bring him bad luck, Little Eight John does so anyway and then is shocked when trouble comes looking for him, in a lively folktale from rural North Carolina.
release date: Jan 01, 1997
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Somewhere In The Darkness
Jimmy's doing all right. He's fourteen, lives in Harlem with Mama Jean, and is managing to hold his own in a tough and brutal world. One day Jimmy's world changes when, in a dark hallway of his apartment building, a tall, thin man appears. The man is his father, Crab, who left nine years ago.Crab wants to be part of Jimmy's life again, but Jimmy's not so sure what he wants.
release date: Jan 01, 1992
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Sojourner Truth
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A biography of the former slave who became well-known as an abolitionist and advocate of women's rights.
release date: Jan 01, 1998
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Uncle Jed's Barbershop
As the only black barber in a county of sharecroppers during the 1920s, Uncle Jed traveled for miles to tend to his customers. Saving his money to build his very own barbershop was a dream that had to be postponed because of his generous heart and the Depression. Then one glorious day, his 79th birthday, Uncle Jed finally opened the doors of his new shop. Full color.
release date: Jan 01, 1993
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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
Few men in American history are as controversial as Malcolm X. In this provocative biography, Myers, winner of a Newbery Honor and four-time Coretta Scott King Award winner, presents a forthright portrait of a complex man whose life reflected the major events of our times. 1994 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book.
release date: Sep 01, 1994
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The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale
A couple's youngest son is forced to leave his West African village because he chooses music over the more practical occupations of his brothers, but years later he returns to show the wisdom of his choice.
release date: Jan 01, 1995
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I Hadn't Meant to Tell You This
Twelve-year-old Marie is a leader among the popular black girls in Chauncey, Ohio, a prosperous black suburb. She isn't looking for a friend when Lena Bright, a white girl, appears in school. Yet they are drawn to each other because both have lost their mothers. And they know how to keep a secret. For Lena has a secret that is terrifying, and she's desperate to protect herself and her younger sister from their father. Marie must decide whether she can help Lena by keeping her secret...or by telling it.
release date: Jan 01, 1997
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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Fourteen-year-old Melanin Sun's comfortable, quiet life is shattered when his mother reveals she has fallen in love with a woman.
release date: Feb 01, 1998
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Like Sisters on the Homefront
When Gayle gets into trouble with her boyfriend, her mother sends the street-smart 14-year-old?and her baby, Jose?down to Georgia, to live with Uncle Luther and his family. There?s nothing to do, nowhere to go, and no one around except kneesock-wearing, Jesus-praising cousin Cookie. Then Gayle meets Great, the family matriarch?and her stories of the past begin to change how Gayle sees her future.?Williams-Garcia has surpassed herself.?She has set these fictional characters? firmly in the real world while still allowing them to rise from the pages and into readers? hearts and imaginations.? ?The Horn Book, starred review
release date: Feb 01, 2001
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Running the Road to ABC
Six Haitian children awaken before dawn each morning to run barefoot to school, a journey that is complemented by the sounds of nature and the bright morning sun, in a rhythmic ABC story that captures the nation's hill and meadow regions.
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