NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Children

The NAACP Image Awards honor outstanding works in the literature and entertainment fields.

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2016
Carole Boston Weatherford & Jamey Christoph. Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Gordon Parks is most famous for being the first black director in Hollywood. But before he made movies and wrote books, he was a poor African American looking for work. When he bought a camera, his life changed forever. He taught himself how to take pictures and before long, people noticed.

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2015
Rachel Renee Russell. Dork Diaries 8: Tales from a Not-So-Happily Ever After

A bump on the head suffered during gym class causes middle school drama queen Nikki Maxwell to have a crazy dream where all of her acquaintances assume the roles of familiar fairy tale characters.

2014
Kadir Nelson. Nelson Mandela

Presents a biography of the former South African president best known for his political activism and fight to end apartheid.

2013
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, et al. What Color is My World?: The Lost History of African-American Inventors

While twins Ella and Herbie help the handyman Mr. Mital work on their new home, he tells them about such inventors as Granville Woods, Dr. Henry T. Sampson, and James West, giving them a new view of their heritage as African-Americans.

2012
Tony Dungy, Lauren Dungy and Ron Mazellan. You Can Be a Friend

Jade wants to be friends with the new girl, but Hannah's wheelchair seems to present an obstacle until Jade is reminded that everyone is special in God's eyes.

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2011
Holly Robinson Peete. My Brother Charlie

A girl tells what it is like living with her twin brother who has autism and sometimes finds it hard to communicate with words, but who, in most ways, is just like any other boy. Includes authors' note about autism.
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2010
Michelle Cook. Our Children can Soar: A Celebration of Rosa, Barack, and the Pioneers of Change

Part historical, part poetry, and entirely inspirational, this unique picture book takes the reader through the cumulative story of the U.S. Civil Rights Movement, expanding the popular slogan beyond Martin Luther King, Rosa Parks, and Barack Obama to include more key players in the struggle for equality.
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2009
Nikki Grimes. Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope

Even as a boy, Barack knew he wasn't quite like anybody else, but through his journeys he found the ability to listen to Hope and become what he was meant to be.

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2008
Sue Stauffacher. Nothing but Trouble: The Story of Althea Gibson

A biography of Althea Gibson, the first black tennis player to ever compete in what is now known as the U.S. Open, and in the Lawn Tennis Championships in Wimbledon, England.

2007
Carole Boston Weatherford.  Moses:  When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom   

Tells the story of Harriet Tubman leading slaves to freedom in the North and the courage that it took.

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2006
Jada Pinkett Smith.  Girls Hold Up This World

Relates how girls are unique individuals, possessing self-esteem and discipline, and able to work with other girls to make the world a better place.

 

2005
Scott Ingram. The 1963 Civil Rights March

Tells the story of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom, looking at the event's background and also at the civil rights movement of the 1960s as a whole. Introduces the leading figures of that movement and details the planning and events of the great day. Also explains the changes that have come about in U.S. society as a result of African Americans' struggle for equality.

2004
Christine King Farris. My Brother Martin: A Sister Remembers Growing Up With the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 

Looks at the early life of Martin Luther King, Jr., as seen through the eyes of his older sister.

2003
Nelson Mandela. Nelson Mandela's Favorite African Folktales

A collection of traditional stories from different parts of Africa, featuring varied characters and themes--some familiar, some newer.

2002
Will Smith (author) & Kadir Nelson (illustrator). Just the Two of Us

Celebrates the dignity, integrity, and honor of being a father.

2001
Sandra Pinkney (author) & Myles C. Pinkney (photographer). Shades of Black  

Photographs and poetic text celebrate the beauty and diversity of African American children.

2000
Faith Ringold. If a Bus Could Talk: The Story of Rosa Parks

A biography of the African American woman and civil rights worker whose refusal to give up her seat on a bus led to a boycott which lasted more than a year in Montgomery, Alabama.

1999
Patricia and Frederick McKissack (authors) & E. Ransome (illustrator). Let My People Go: Bible Stories Told by a Freeman of Color

The daughter of a free black man who worked as a blacksmith in Charleston, South Carolina, in the early 1800s recalls the stories from the Bible that her father shared with her, relating them to the experiences of African Americans.