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January 30, 2012 by WITS Editor

Celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards

The Coretta Scott King Awards

For the last 40 years the Coretta Scott King Awards have been given to African American authors and illustrators for their outstanding contributions to children’s literature. The books chosen promote understanding among races and uphold the American Dream. The Awards commemorate the work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King.

For past winners from 1970-present, check out this list.  The 2012 winner is Kadir Nelson’s Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans, published by HarperCollins.  The story and the artwork in this book are  stunning.  Go get your copy today and help celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Awards in Children’s Literature.

Heart and Soul
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