The Coretta Scott King Award. Background Information. In 1969, while attending an ALA meeting in New Jersey, Mabel McKissick and Glyndon Greer, two school librarians, had a chance meeting .
a.Must portray some aspect of the African American experience, past, present, or future.
e. Must be written for a youth audience in one of the three categories:
f. Must meet established standards of quality writing for youth which include:
“heighten and extend the reader's awareness of the world around him. They should lead him to an appreciation of beauty. The style and content of the illustrations should be...neither coy nor condescending...Storytelling qualities should enlarge upon the story elements that were hinted at in the text and should include details that will awaken and strengthen the imagination of the reader and permit him to interpret the works and pictures in a manner unique to him.”—Cianciolo, Illustrations in Children's Books (p. 24.25)
“Librarians and readers will remember her not only as a civil rights worker and the widow of a martyr, but as a remarkable woman who had a vision for the future– a vision that has put children and books together to create a better future, one child at a time and one book at a time.”