Firebird illustrated by Christopher Meyers, written by Misty Copeland won the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) book award recognizing an African-American author or illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.
American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too.
The following books are Honor Winners.
Josephine: the Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker illustrated by Christian Robinson, written by Patricia Hruby Powell
A portrait of the passionate performer and civil rights advocate Josephine Baker, the woman who worked her way from the slums of St. Louis to the grandest stages in the world.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone illustrated by Frank Morrison, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown
A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century.