Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards

February 1–March 20

With funding from a generous bequest from Marian Armstrong, The Friends of the Library proudly presents Our Voice: Celebrating the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. This exhibit, curated by the National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature, features 34 prints of illustrations from the award winners since 1973.

These award-winning illustrations and children’s books highlight stories and figures from Black history, honoring the triumphs and struggles of African Americans throughout time. They also evoke the beautiful facets integral to the culture and fabric of our nation such as music, rhythm, and folktales. 

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association 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. The award commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and honors his wife, Mrs. Coretta Scott King, for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace and world brotherhood. Coretta Scott King Book Awards are among the brightest acknowledgments of children’s literature on America’s cultural landscape. 


Exhibit Hours in Meeting Rooms 1B/C

  • Monday–Thursday: 3–7 PM
  • Friday–Sunday: 1–5 PM


Exhibit Activities

  • Explore and learn about the art
  • Make a beautiful bird puppet
  • Contribute to a self-portrait wall quilt
  • Snap a photo at the selfie station


Want to volunteer at the exhibit? Fill out a volunteer application and choose "Special Events" here.


Our Voice Events (View the program guide flip booklet.)