Coretta Scott King Book Awards

This page lists alumni of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (iSchool) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign that served as Jury Members for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards. Unless otherwise noted, the alumni listed received their master’s or doctorate from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The italicized book titles represent the Coretta Scott King Author Award winner followed by the Illustrator Award winner in the specified year.

Established in 1970, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards are awarded by the American Library Association (ALA) to “outstanding African American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults that demonstrate an appreciation of African American culture and universal human values.”1 To learn more about the Coretta Scott King Book Awards and past recipients, visit this page by the ALA’s Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT).

Jason Miles Driver (MS/LIS, 2011) – CSK Book Awards Jury Member 2021 (Before the Ever After; R-E-S-P-E-C-T: Aretha Franklin, The Queen of Soul), 2020 (New Kid; The Undefeated), and 2019 (A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919The Stuff of Stars)

Diane Bailey Foote (MS/LIS, 2006) – CSK Book Awards Jury Member 2012 (Heart and Soul: The Story of America and African Americans; Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom) and 2011 (One Crazy Summer; Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave)

Carolyn L. Garnes (MS/LIS, 1972) – CSK Book Awards Jury Member 1991 (The Road to Memphis; Aida)

Sujin B. Huggins (MS/LIS, 2004; PhD, 2012) – CSK Book Awards Jury Member 2019 (A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919The Stuff of Stars), 2018 (Piecing Me Together; Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets), and 2014 (P.S. Be Eleven; Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me)