Wednesday, September 4, 2013

The Best of the Best: Coretta Scott King

This summer, while completely immersed in Caldecotts, my co-worker and I read also all of the Coretta Scott King (CSK) Illustrator award winners and honors. There are significantly less books for this award than the Caldecotts (and you can peruse that post here), mainly because this award was first given in 2006, so it didn't take very long. The CSK awards are annually given to outstanding books for young adults and children by African American illustrators that reflect the African American culture (

Current CSK Illustrator Winner, Knock, Knock

The following (in alphabetical order by title) are my Coretta Scott King Illustrator favorites, as reviewed through my account.

However, my favorite CSK Illustrator is We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro League Baseball. Kadir Nelson's artwork is utterly fascinating, beautiful, amazing, richly-colored, and brilliant. His illustrations and techniques are instantly recognizable, and honestly, his pictures hold so much emotion and feeling one doesn't even have to glance at the text to understand the story. I think I'm partial to We Are the Ship because I'm a lover of baseball. Oh, and, as I was able to catch a few glimpses of him at ALA this year (he was signing autographs and every time his tables were a mile long), he is easy on the eyes.

*Updated March 2014

With Love and God Bless,


  1. So I just did a quick google search for Kadir Nelson and I have to agree with you, both about his art and being easy on the eyes! ;)

    1. His art is the better of the two, and he's cuter in person...a great smile.