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Children's and Young Adult Book Awards: John Steptoe Award for New Talent

Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award Criteria

The criteria for eligibility will be the same as those for the writing and illustration awards, with the exception that the winner(s)' published works cannot exceed three in number. An author or illustrator who has already received or has just been selected to win one of the Coretta Scott King Awards in the current year is not eligible for the John Steptoe Award for New Talent. An author may receive this award one time.

One award will be presented annually for text or illustrations. The Committee may choose to select one book for writing and a second book for illustration. The award need not be given if the committee so decides in a particular year.

Past Winner and Honor Books

2022 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

2022 Author Winner

2022 Illustrator Winner

2021 John Steptoe Award for New Talent

2021 Author Winner

2021 Illustrator Winner

No book awarded for 2021.