May Activities: Bring The Coretta Scott King Awards to life with Britannica School

May 7, 2019

The 2019 Coretta Scott King Award winners for author and illustration.

The following activities are created with classrooms of all levels in mind and work best when paired with Britannica School. Contact your library staff to see if your institution already has access.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards were founded in 1969 to honor the life and work of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King and to celebrate her continued work for peace and world brotherhood. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are presented by the American Library Association (ALA) each year to African American writers and illustrators of books for children or young adults. The awards recognize books that best exemplify African American life and culture and universal human values.

The 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards author winner is Claire Hartfield, for A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919, and the 2019 Coretta Scott King Book Awards illustrator winner is Ekua Holmes, for The Stuff of Starswhich was written by Marion Dane Bauer.

Check out this month’s activities to learn more about the life of Coretta Scott King and get some ideas for sharing Coretta Scott King Award-winning books with your students!


Britannica School Resource Packs

Don’t know where to start? We’ve created resource packs to help—articles, images, videos, and more.

⇒ Elementary Resources

⇒ Secondary Resources


Dive in! Dig deeper with the following activities and interview

⇒ JOIN: The 50-50 Initiative

To commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee, the CSK Program Committee is challenging librarians, educators, and all lovers of children’s literature across the nation to hold one or more programs, classes, presentations, speeches, etc., highlighting the committee, award-winning books, authors, or illustrators in each of the 50 states.

⇒ WATCH: Cool Careers: What’s it like to be an award-winning author?

Britannica Digital Learning exclusive interview with author Claire Hartfield about her life, work, and inspirations.


Now what? Make it stick with these original activity guides:

ELEMENTARY ACTIVITY: For the Bio Puzzle exercise, elementary students will create a puzzle to highlight important facts about someone they’re interested in.

⇒ Strategy Card: Bio Puzzle

⇒ Graphic Organizer: Jigsaw Puzzle

SECONDARY ACTIVITY: How was the Chicago Race Riot like the March on Selma Bridge? How did it differ? Using the detailed information about the Chicago Race Riot found in A Few Red Drops and the Britannica School Selma March Infographic, fill in the Venn Diagram and prepare for a discussion with your class about the differences, similarities, and outcomes.

Graphic Organizer: Venn Diagram—Compare 2 Sources


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