1984

Author Award Winner

Everett Anderson's Good-bye by Lucille Clifton  j E CLI
A simple, poetic telling of Everett Anderson's feelings as he copes with and accepts the fact of his father's death." Full color. Baby-Preschool

Special Citation:

The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. , Coretta Scott King, compiler
Highlighting the legendary civil rights leader's speeches, sermons, and writings, here are 120 quotations, complemented by 16 striking historical photographs, focusing on seven areas of concern the community of man, racism, civil rights, justice and freedom, faith and religion, nonviolence, and peace. Also included is a detailed chronology- of Dr. King's life and an impressive introduction from Mrs. King on her husband's life and legacy. Young Adult

Honor Books

The Magical Adventures of Pretty Pearl by Virginia Hamilton
Pretty Pearl, a spirited young African god child eager to show off her powers, travels to the New World where, disguised as a human, she lives among a band of free blacks who have created their own separate world deep inside a vast forest. Young Adult

Lena Horne by James Haskins Young Adult

Bright Shadow by Joyce Carol Thomas  YA Thomas, C.    Young Adult

Because We Are by Mildred Pitts Walter
The book is about a girl named Emma. She is an African American girl and a senior in high school who goes to a predominately white upper class school. She hangs out with the other few blacks at her school. She has a white boyfriend who is not giving her what she deserves and she has parents whom a couple years ago got divorced. So her life's is pretty average as far as teenagers life goes. When one day a sudden outburst at school gets her sent to the principal's office and transferred to a school a lot closer but not as respected called manning. She is afraid that she won't fit in with al the blacks that are not as fortunate as she is. She is also afraid that the golden slippers will not let her become a debutante. She befriends a guy named Allan and starts to relax a little. Will everything pan out will Emma become a debutante will she graduate find out in this awesome book. Read it you will be surprised how much you will like it.
Ages 9-12

Illustrator Award Winner

My Mama Needs Me , ill. by Pat Cummings; text by Mildred Pitts Walter  j E WAL
Jason wants to help, but isn't sure that his mother needs him at all after she brings home a new baby from the hospital. Ages 4-8

1983

Author Award Winner

Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush by Virginia Hamilton  j HAM
Fourteen-year-old Tree, resentful of her working mother who leaves her in charge of a retarded brother, encounters the ghost of her dead uncle and comes to a deeper understanding of her family's problems. Young Adult

Honor Book

This Strange New Feeling by Julius Lester
This is an excellent book about the joys and sorrows of slavery. The book has three wonderful stories in it with each story telling about the love of slaves for one another. If you love reading about the past, love, and slavery this is a great book you should read. Young Adult

Illustrator Award Winner

Black Child by Peter Mugabane  Ages 9-12

Honor Books

All the Colors of the Race , ill. by John Steptoe; text by Arnold Adoff  j 811.54 ADO
A collection of poems written from the point of view of a child with a black mother and a white father.
Ages 9-12

I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals , ill. by Ashley Bryan  Ages 4-8

Just Us Women , ill. by Pat Cummings; text by Jeanette Caines
"No boys and no men-just us women," Aunt Martha tells her niece. And together they plan their trip to North Carolina in Aunt Martha's brand-new car. This is to be a very special outing-with no one to hurry them along, the two travelers can do exactly as they please.
Ages 4-8

 1982

Author Award Winner

Let the Circle Be Unbroken by Mildred D. Taylor  YA Taylor, M.
Four black children growing up in rural Mississippi during the Depression experience racial antagonisms and hard times, but learn from their parents the pride and self-respect they need to survive. Young Adult

Honor Books

Rainbow Jordan by Alice Childress
Here is Rainbow Jordan: too brave to be a child, too scared to be a woman. "Powerful, eloquent, revealing...the memory of this exceptional heroine is likely to linger a long time." Young Adult

Lou in the Limelight by Kristin Hunter   Young Adult

Mary: An Autobiography by Mary E. Mebane
Mebane's two-volume autobiography "is told through a series of vignettes of life in a rural black community and of [the] struggle to rise above her environment without repudiating it." LJ's reviewer found that while the "prose is simple, the concepts expressed are complex," giving the duo "historical as well as literary value" Young Adult

Illustrator Award Winner

Mother Crocodile; an Uncle Amadou Tale from Sengal , ill. by John Steptoe; text by Rosa Guy  Ages 4-8

Honor Book

Daydreamers , ill. by Tom Feelings; text by Eloise Greenfield  j 811 GRE
Poetry and portraits of young black children reveal all the beauty in children's wishes, yearnings, and memories. "Greenfield and Feelings have unquestionably worked together in harmony to create their sensitive portrayals of black boys and girls" Ages 4-8

1981

Author Award Winner

This Life by Sidney Poitier 921 POITIER, S.
Poitier's biography is one of bitter sweet humorous at times and seriously moraled at others. His life story rivals that of his films. His dirt poor up bringing with feelings of embarassment, pride, and humility to his success story and subsequent feelings of energeticness, ....pride...and yes humility is one that is under-rated and under appreciated. It just the kind of story that the world needs now. Young Adult

Honor Book

Don't Explain: A Song of Billie Holiday by Alexis De Veaux
Presents a prose poem recounting the life of the American jazz singer affectionately known as Lady Day. Young Adult

Illustrator Award Winner

Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum by Ashley Bryan  Ages 9-12

Honor Books

Grandmama's Joy , ill. by Carole Byard; text by Eloise Greenfield
"The portrait of a relationship, revealed less as a story than as the unfolding of love".--Booklist. "Beautiful charcoal illustrations contribute to the mood that permeates the story".
Ages 4-8

Count on Your Fingers African Style , ill. by Jerry Pinkney; text by Claudia Zaslavsky
In the African marketplace, people buy and trade using many different languages including various methods of finger counting. This beautifully illustrated picture book takes readers on a tour of the markets, showing the traditional finger counting styles of various African peoples. Many children develop math phobia early. This book explores the practicality of math within the context of African culture and helps children see that math can be fun and creative. Ages 4-8

 1980

Author Award Winner

The Young Landlords by Walter Dean Myers  j LAN
The derelict Stratford Arms is turned over to the Action Group to be cleaned up. But then the group realizes that there is an outrageous bunch of tenants living in the building. Ages 9-12

Honor Books

Movin' Up by Berry Gordy Ages 9-12

Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir by Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little
Three generations of black women remember their "childtimes" in this lyrical memoir spanning a century of American history. "The intimate details of loving and growing up and the honesty with which they are told will involve all readers, both black and white . . ."  Ages 9-12

Andrew Young: Man With a Mission by James Haskins Ages 9-12

James Van Der Zee: The Picture Takin' Man by James Haskins Young Adult

Let the Lion Eat Straw by Ellease Southerland Ages 9-12

Illustrator Award Winner

Cornrows , ill. by Carole Byard; text by Camille Yarborough
When Mama and Great-Grammaw weave the striking cornrow patterns of Africa into their children's hair, their gentle voices also weave a tale full of pride and heritage. Ages 4-8