2001

Author Award Winner

Miracle's Boys by Jacqueline Woodson  YA Woodson, J.
Nothing is like it used to be. If it were, Mama would still be alive. Papa wouldn't have died. Thirteen-year-old Lafayette's older brother, Charlie wouldn't have done time at a correctional facility. And oldest brother Ty'ree would have gone to college instead of having to work full time to support the three of them. If things were the same, Lafayette wouldn't be so full of questions, like why Mama had to die, why Charlie hates him so much now, and how they're all supposed to survive these times together when so much seems to be set against them.  This is the story of three remarkable young men; brothers who have only each other to rely on and who must decide whether they'll work with that or let it tear them apart Ages 9 and up.

Honor Book

Let It Shine! Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters  by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Stephen Alcorn YA 920.72 PIN
Ten female freedom fighters let their lights shine in African-American history, and the stories of those women, from Harriet Tubman to Rosa Parks, are told in this collection. Ages 9-12

Illustrator Award Winner

Uptown by Bryan Collier
In this story of a boy growing up in Harlem, Collier's spare, poetic text and intricate color illustrations evoke every aspect of the community, from the legendary Apollo Theater to the chocolate-colored brownstones to the music of Duke Ellington. Ages 4-8

Honor Books

Freedom River by Bryan Collier
Based on a true slave escape story, this picture book for older children combines an exciting, heartrending narrative with dramatic collage and watercolor pictures. John Parker was an ex-slave who became a successful businessman and an active conductor on the Underground Railroad. On one of his journeys, he helped an African American couple escape with their baby from the slave state of Kentucky to the free state of Ohio.
Grades 3-5

Only Passing Through: The Story of Sojourner Truth illustrated by R. Gregory Christie; text by Anne Rockwell  j 921 TRUTH, S., Roc
The inspiring story of how a woman named Sojourner Truth, born a slave with no status or dignity, who was sold three times by the age of 13, transformed herself into one of the most powerful voices of the abolitionist movement whose simple yet powerful words helped people understand the hideous truth about slavery.
Ages 7-10

Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys illustrated by E.B. Lewis; text by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard
All Virgie wants to do is go to school with her five older brothers, who think she's too small and that girls don't need an education. Based on lives of the author's ancestors, this story is captured in colorful artwork by 1999 Coretta Scott King Honor artist E.B. Lewis. Ages 4-8

2000

Author Award Winner

Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis   YA NEWBERY Curtis, C.
After his mother's death in 1936, 10-year-old Bud can't squelch a yearning to find out his father's identity. Bud has a hunch from clues his mother left--posters of Herman E. Calloway and his band. The fearless fellow takes off on a journey to find his father and himself. The latest release from Newbery Honor winner Christopher Paul Curtis promises to be a warm adventure. Ages 8 and up

Honor Book

Francie by Karen English  YA English, K.
In rural Alabama during the Truman administration, 12-year-old Francie lives with her mother and younger brother while her father tries to get settled in Chicago. While working odd jobs for wealthy white folks on the other side of town, Francie helps a framed young black man to escape arrest, which puts the entire black community in danger. An ALA Notable Book and "School Library Journal" Best Book of the Year. Ages 9-12

Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. and Frederick L. McKissack YA 639.2 MCK
The McKissacks tell the story of brave black sailors such as Paul Cuffe, Lewis Temple, and Frederick Douglass, and their part in the whaling industry and abolitionist movement during the 1800s. Ages 9-12

Monster by Walter Dean Myers  YA Myers, W.
Young, black, 16-year-old Steve Harmon is on trial for the murder of a Harlem drugstore owner. As a way of coping, Steve, an amateur filmmaker, decides to transcribe his trial into a movie script. But despite his efforts, reality is blurred until he can no longer tell who he is or what the truth is. Ages 12 and up

Illustrator Award Winner

In the Time of the Drums , ill. by Brian Pinkney; text by Kim L. Siegelson j E SIE
A Caldecott Honor medalist pairs with a master storyteller to present a mesmerizing tale of slavery. Ages 4-8

Honor Books

My Rows and Piles of Coins, ill. by E. B. Lewis; text by Tololwa M. Mollel  j E MOL

A Tanzanian boy saves coins to buy a bicycle so he can help his parents carry goods to market. Then he discovers in spite of all he has saved, he does not have enough money. Glowing watercolor images capture the warmth and strength of a young boy's giving heart. Ages 4-8

Black Cat by Christopher Myers j E MYE
On an eye-opening journey through arresting urban landscapes, a stray black cat leaps, listens, and dances to the city's pulsating beats while searching for a home. Ages 4-8