Scotch Plains Public Library Children’s Department

The winning author and illustrator for each year are listed in bold, followed by the honor awarded authors and illustrators. If SPPL owns the book, the location can be found on the right hand side.

2017 Author and : Book Three G B LEWIS – As Brave as You J REY – Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life J BRY Illustrator Javaka Steptoe - Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat J B BAS R. Gregory Christie – Freedom in Congo Square text: Carole Boston Weatherford J 976.335 WEA Ashely Bryan – Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life J BRY Jerry Pickney – In Plain Sight text: Richard Jackson P JAC

2016 Author Rita Williams-Garcia – Gone Crazy in Alabama J WIL Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely – All American Boys YA REY Jason Reynolds – The Boy in the Black Suit YA REY Ilyasah Shabazz with Kekla Magoon – X: A Novel YA SHA Illustrator Bryan Collier – Trombone Shorty text: Troy Andrews J B AND R. Gregory Christie – The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth & 's Greatest Bookstore text: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson P NEL Christian Robinson – Last Stop on Market Street text: Matt de la Peña P DEL

2015 Author Jacqueline Woodson – Brown Girl Dreaming J B WOO Kwame Alexander – The Crossover J ALE Marilyn Nelson – How I Discovered Poetry J 811.54 NEL Kekla Magoon – How It Went Down YA MAG Illustrator Christopher Myers – Firebird text: Misty Copeland P COP Christian Robinson – Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker text: Patricia Hruby Powell J B BAK Frank Morrison – Little Melba and Her Big Trombone text: Katheryn Russell-Brown J B LIS

2014 Author Rita Williams – Garcia – P.S. Be Eleven J WIL John Lewis and Andrew Aydin – March: Book One G 323.0973 LEW – Darius & Twig YA MYE Nikki Grimes – Words with Wings J GRI

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Illustrator Bryan Collier – Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me text: Daniel Beaty P BEA Kadir Nelson – Nelson Mandela J B MAN

2013 Author Andrea Davis Pinkney - Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men who Changed America J 973.0496 PIN Jacqueline Woodson – Each Kindness illustrated: E.B. Lewis P WOO Vaunda Michaeux Nelson – No Crystal Stair: A Documentary Novel of the Life and Work of Lewis Michaux, Harlem Bookseller illustrated: R. Gregory Christie Illustrator Bryan Collier – I, Too, Am America text: J 811.52 HUG Christopher Myers – H.O.R.S.E: a game of basketball and imagination P MYE Kadir Nelson – I Have a Dream: Martin Luther King Jr. text: Martin Luther King Jr. J 323.092 KIN

2012 Author Kadir Nelson – Heart and Soul: The Story of America and J 973.0496 NEL Eloise Greenfield – The Great Migration: Journey to the North illustrated: Jan Spivey Gilchrist J 811.54 GRE Patricia C. McKissack – Never Forgotten illustrated: J MCK Illustrator Shane W. Evans – Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom J 973.7115 EVA Kadir Nelson – Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans J 973.0496 NEL

2011 Author Rita Williams-Garcia – One Crazy Summer J WIL Walter Dean Myers – Lockdown YA MYE Jewell Parker Rhodes - Ninth Ward YA RHO G. Neri – Yummy: The Last Days of a Southside Shorty illustrated: Randy DuBurke Illustrator Bryan Collier – Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave text: Laban Carrick Hall J 738.092 HIL Javaka Steptoe – Jimi: Sounds Like a Rainbow: A Story of the Young Text: Gary Golio J B HEN

2010 Author Vaunda Micheaux Nelson – Bad News for Outlaws illustrated: R. Gregory Christie J B REE Tanita S. Davis – Mare’s War YA DAV Illustrator Charles R. Smith Jr. – My People text: Langston Hughes J 811.52 HUG E.B. Lewis – The Negro Speaks of Rivers text: Langston Hughes

2009 Author

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Kadir Nelson – We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro Baseball J 796.3576 NEL Hope Anita Smith – Keeping the Night Watch J SMI Joyce Carol Thomas – The Blacker the Berry illustrated: Floyd Cooper Carole Boston Weatherford – Becoming Billie Holiday YA WEA Illustrator Floyd Cooper – The Blacker the Berry text: Joyce Carol Thomas Kadir Nelson – We Are the Ship: The Story of Negro Baseball J 796.3576 NEL – The Moon Over Star text: Diana Hutts Aston P AST Sean Qualls – Before John Was a Jazz Giant text: Carole Boston Weatherford P WEA

2008 Author Christopher Paul Curtis – Elijah of Buxton J CUR Sharon M. Draper – November YA DRA Charles R. Smith Jr. – Twelve Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali J B ALI Illustrator Ashley Bryan – Let it Shine J 782.253 LET Nancy Devard – The Secret Olivia Told Me text: N. Joy Leo and Diane Dillon – Jazz On a Saturday Night P DIL

2007 Author Sharon Draper – Copper Sun YA DRA Nikki Grimes – The Road to Paris Illustrator Kadir Nelson – Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom text: Carole Boston Weatherford P WEA Christopher Myers – Jazz text: Walter Dean Myers P MYE Benny Andrews – Poetry for Young People: Langston Hughes J 811.52 HUG

2006 Author Julius Lester – Day of Tears: A Novel in Dialogue YA LES Tonya Bolden – Maritcha: A Nineteenth- Century American Girl J B LYO Nikki Grimes – Dark Sons Marilyn Nelson- A Wreath for Emmett Till illustrated: Philippe Lardy J 811.54 NEL Illustrator Bryan Collier- Rosa text: J 323.092 GIO R. Gregory Christie – Brothers in Hope: The Story of the Lost Boys of Sudan text: Mary Williams

2005 Author Toni Morrison – Remember: The Journey to School Integration J 379.263 MOR Shelia P. Moses – The Legend of Buddy Bush YA MOS Sharon G. Flake – Who Am I Without Him? Short Stories Girls and the Boys in Their Lives YA FLE

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Marilyn Nelson – Fortune’s Bones: The Manumisson Requiem J 811.54 NEL Illustrator Kadir A. Nelson – Ellington Was Not a Street text: Ntozake Shange J 811.54 SHA Jerry Pinkney – God Bless the Child text: Billie Holiday and Arthur Herzog Jr. Leo and Diane Dillon – The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales text: J 398.2097 HAM

2004 Author YA JOH Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack – Days of Jubilee: The End of Slavery in the United States J 973.7 MCK Jacqueline Woodson – Locomotion J 811 WOO Sharon Draper – The Battle of Jericho YA DRA Illustrator Ashley Bryan – Beautiful Blackbird J 398.2096 BRY Colin Bootman – Almost to Freedom text: Vaunda Micheaux Nelson Kadir Nelson – Thunder Rose text: Jerdine Nolen P NOL

2003 Author Nikki Grimes – Bronx Masquerade YA GRIMES Brenda Woods – The Red Rose Box Nikki Grimes – Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman illustrated: E.B. Lewis EB COL Illustrator E.B. Lewis - Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman text: Nikki Grimes EB COL Leo and Diane Dillon – Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles- Think of That P DIL Bryan Collier – Visiting Langston text: Willie Perdomo

2002 Author Mildred Taylor – The Land Sharon G. Flake – Money-Hungry Marilyn Nelson – Carver: A Life in Poems 811.54 NEL and YA 811.54 NEL Illustrator Jerry Pinkney – Goin’ Someplace Special text: Patricia McKissack Bryan Collier Martin’s Big Words text: Doreen Rappaport J 323.092 RAP

2001 Author Jacqueline Woodson – Miracle’s Boys J WOO Andrea Davis Pinkney – Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters illustrated: Stephen Alcom J 323.092 PIN Illustrator Bryan Collier – Uptown Bryan Collier – Freedom River text: Doreen Rapport J RAP

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R. Gregory Christie – Only Passing Through: The Story of text: Anne F. Rockwell E B TRU E.B. Lewis – Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys text: Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard P HOW

2000 Author Christopher Paul Curtis – Bud, Not Buddy J CUR Karen English – Francie J ENG Patricia C. and Frederick McKissack – Black Hands, White Sails: The story of African-American whalers J 639.28 MCK Walter Dean Myers – YA MYERS Illustrator Brian Pinkney – In the Time of Drums text: Kim L. Siegelson J SIE E.B. Lewis – My Rows and Piles of Coins text: Tololwa M. Mollel P MOL Christopher Myers – Black Cat P MYE

1999 Author Angela Johnson – Heaven Nikki Grimes - Jazmin’s Notebook Joyce Hansen and Gary McGowan – Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence Angela Johnson – The Other Side: Shorter Poems Illustrator Michelle Wood – I See the Rhythm text: Toyomi Igus Floyd Cooper – I Have Heard of a Land text: Joyce Carol Thomas E.B. Lewis – The Bat Boy and his Violin text: Gavin Curtis Brian Pinkney – Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra text: Andrea Davis Pinkney J B ELL

1998 Author Sharon M. Draper – Forged by Fire J DRA – Bayard Rustin: Behind the Scenes of the Civil Rights Movement J B RUS Joyce Hansen – I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly: The Diary of Patsy, a Freed Girl J DEA Illustrator Javaka Steptoe – In Daddy’s Arms I Am Tall: African Americans Celebrating Fathers text: Alan Schroeder J 811.008 IN Ashley Bryan – Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry Christopher Myers – Harlem: a poem text: Walter Dean Myers J 811 MYE Baba Wague Diakite – The Hunterman and the Crocodile: A West African Folktale P DIA

1997 Author Walter Dean Myers – Slam YA MYE Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack – Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts J 326 MCK Illustrator Jerry Pinkney- Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman text: Alan Schroeder E B TUB

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R. Gregory Christie – The Palm of my Heart: Poetry by African American Children J 811 PALM c.1 Reynold Ruffins – Running the Road to ABC text: Denize Lauture P LAU Synthis Saint James – Nenny Coming, Nenny Going text: Karen English

1996 Author Virginia Hamilton – Her stories: African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales illustrated: Leo and Diane Dillon J 398.2097 HAM Christopher Paul Curtis – The Watson’s Go to Birmingham --1963 J CUR Rita Williams-Garcia – Like Sisters on the Homefront Jacqueline Woodson – From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun Illustrator – The Middle Passage: White Ships/Black Cargo J REF 759.13 FEE Leo and Diane Dillon – Her stories: African American folktales, fairy tales, and true tales text: Virginia Hamilton J 398.2097 HAM Brian Pinkney – The Faithful Friend text: Robert San Souci

1995 Author Patricia C. and Frederick L McKissack – Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters Joyce Hansen – The Captive Jacqueline Woodson – I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This Patricia C. and Frederick L McKissack – Black Diamond: Story of the Negro Baseball League Illustrator James Ransome – The Creation text: James Weldon Johnson J 811 JOH Terea Shaffer – The Singing Man text: Angela Shelf Medearis Floyd Cooper – Meet Danitra Brown text: Nikki Grimes

1994 Author Angela Johnson – Toning the Sweep YA JOH Joyce Carol Thomas – Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea illustrated: Floyd Cooper Walter Dean Myers – : By Any Means Necessary: biography Illustrator Tom Feelings – Soul Looks Back in Wonder J 811.5 SOU Floyd Cooper - Brown Honey in Broom Wheat Tea text: Joyce Carol Thomas James Ransome – Uncle Jed’s Barbershop text: Margaree King Mitchell

1993 Author Patricia C McKissack – The Dark Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural illustrated: Brian Pinkney J MCK Mildred Pitts Walter – Mississippi Challenge Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack – Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman? Walter Dean Myers – Somewhere in the Darkness J MYE Illustrator

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Kathleen Atkins Wilson – The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth Wil Clay – Little Eight John text: Jan Wahl Brian Pinkney- Sukey and the Mermaid text: Robert San Souci – Working Cotton text: Sherley Anne Williams P WIL

1992 Author Walter Dean Myers- Now is Your Time: The African American Struggle for Freedom Eloise Greenfrield – Night on Neighborhood Street illustrated: Jan Spivey Gilchrist P GRE Illustrator – Tar Beach P RIN Ashley Bryan – All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African American Spirituals J 783 ALL Jan Spivey Gilchrist – Night on Neighborhood Street text: Eloise Greenfield P GRE

1991 Author Mildred D. Taylor – The Road to Memphis J TAY James Haskins – Black Dance in America Angela Johnson – When I am Old with You P JOH Illustrator Leo and Dillon – Aida text: Leontyne Price J 782.1 PRI

1990 Author Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKIssack – A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter Eloise Greenfield – Nathaniel Talking illustrated: Jan Spivey Gilchrist Virginia Hamilton – The Bells of Christmas illustrated Lambert Davis Lillie Patterson – Martin Luther King Jr. and the Freedom Movement Illustrator Jan Spivey Gilchrist – Nathanial Talking text: Eloise Greenfield Jerry Pinkney – The Talking Eggs: a folktale from the American South text: Robert D. San Souci J 398.2094 SAN

1989 Author Walter Dean Myers – Fallen Angels YA MYE James Berry – A Thief in the Village and Other Stories Virginia Hamilton – Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave Illustrator Jerry Pinkney – Mirandy and Brother Wind text: Pat McKissack P MCK Amos Ferguson – Under the Sunday Tree text: Eloise Greenfield Pat Cummings - Storm in the Night text: Mary Stolz

1988 Author Mildred L. Taylor – The Friendship

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Alexis De Veaux – An Enchanted Hair Tale Julius Lester – The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit Illustrator John Steptoe – Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale P STE Ashley Bryan – What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals J 783.6 LAN Joe Sam – The Invisible Hunters: A Legend from the Miskito Indians of Nicaragua

1987 Author Mildred Pitts Walter – Justin and the Best Biscuits in the World illustrated: Catherine Stock J WAL Ashley Bryan – Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Joyce Hansen – Which Way Freedom Illustrator Jerry Pinkney – Half a Moon and One Whole Star text: Crescent Dragonwagon Ashley Bryan – Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales Pat Cummings – C.L.O.U.D.S.

1986 Author Virginia Hamilton – The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales illustrated: Leo and Diane Dillon J 398.2097 HAM Virginia Hamilton – Junius Over Far Mildred Pitts Walter – Trouble’s Child Illustrator Jerry Pinkney – The Patchwork Quilt text: Valerie Flournoy Leo and Diane Dillon – The People Could Fly: American Black Folktales text: Virginia Hamilton J 398.2097 HAM

1985 Author Walter Dean Myers – Motown and Didi Candy Dawson Boyd – Circle of Gold Virginia Hamilton – A Little Love

1984 Author Clifton – Everett Anderson’s Goodbye illustrated: Ann Grifalconi Virginia Hamilton – The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl James Haskins – Lena Home Joyce Carol Thomas - Bright Shadow Mildred Pitts Walter – Because We Are Illustrator Pat Cummings – My Mama Needs Me text: Mildred Pitts Walter

1983 Author

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Virginia Hamilton – Sweet Whispers. Brother Rush Julius Lester – This Strange New Feeling Illustrator Peter Magubane – Black Child John Steptoe – All the Colors of the Race text: Arnold Adoff Ashley Bryan – I’m Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals Pat Cummings – Just Us Women text: Jeanette Caines

1982 Author Mildred D. Taylor – Let the Circle Be Unbroken J TAY Alice Childress – Rainbow Jordan Kristin Hunter – Lou in the Limelight Mary E. Mebane – Mary: An Autobiography Illustrator John Steptoe – Mother Crocodile: An Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal text: Rosa Guy Tom Feelings- Daydreamers text: Eloise Greenfield

1981 Author Sidney Poitier – This Life 791.439 POI Alexis De Veaux – Don’t Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday Illustrator Ashley Bryan – Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum Carole Bryard – Grandmama’s Joy text: Eloise Greenfield Jerry Pinkney- Count on Your Fingers African Style text: Claudia Zaslavsky

1980 Author Walter Dean Myers- The Young Landlords Berry Gordy – Movin’ Up Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little – Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir James Haskins – Andrew Young: Young Man with a Mission James Haskins – James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin’ Man Ellease Southerland – Let the Lion Eat Straw Illustrator Carole Byard – Cornrows text: Camille Yarbrough

1979 Author Ossie Davis – Escape to Freedom Lillie Patterson – Benjamin Banneker Jeanne W. Peterson – I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf Virginia Hamilton – Justice and Her Brothers Carol Fenner – Skates of Uncle Richard Illustrator

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Tom Feelings – Something on My Mind text: Nikki Grimes J 811 FEE

1978 Author Eloise Greenfield – Africa Dream illustrated: Carole Byard: William J. Faulkner – The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be Frankcina Glass – Marvin and Tige Eloise Greenfield – Mary McCleod Bethune James Haskins – Barbara Jordan Lillie Patterson – Coretta Scott King Ruth Ann Stewart – Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, Daughter of Booker T Washington Illustrator Carole Bayard – Africa Dream text: Eloise Greenfield

1977 Author James Haskins – The Story of Stevie Wonder Lucille Clifton – Everett Anderson’s Friend Mildred D. Taylor – Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry J TAY Clarance N. Blake and Donald F. Martin – Quick Book on Black America

1976 Author Pearl Bailey – Duey’s Tale Shirley Graham – Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa Eloise Greenfield – Paul Robeson J B ROB Walter Dean Myers- Fast Sam, Cool Clyde and Stuff YA MYE Mildred D. Taylor – Song of the Trees J TAY

1975 Author Dorothy Robinson – The Legend of Africana

1974 Author Sharon Bell Mathis – Ray Charles illustrated: George Ford Alice Childress – A Hero Ain’t Nothin’ but a Sandwich YA CHI Lucille Clifton – Do You Remember? Louise Crane – Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women Kristin Hunter - Guest in the Promised Land John Nagenda – Mukasa Illustrator George Ford – Ray Charles text: Sharon Bell Mathis

1973 Author

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Jackie Robinson and Alfred Duckett – I Never Had it Made: The Autobiography of Jackie Robinson 796.357 ROB

1972 Author Elton C. Fax – 17 Black Artists

1971 Author Charlemae Rollins- Black Troubador: Langston Hughes Maya Angelou - I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings B ANGELOU Shirley Chisholm – Unbrought and Unbossed Mari Evans – I Am a Black Woman Lorenz Graham – Every Man Heart Lay Down June Jordan and Terri Bush – The Voice of the Children Gladys Groom and Bonnie Grossman – Black Means Margaret W. Peters – Ebony Book of Black Achievement Janice May Udry – Mary Jo’s Grandmother

1970 Author Lillie Patterson – Martin Luther King Jr.: Man of Peace

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