23519374._SY540_The Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrate their 50th anniversary this year! For half of a century, the awards have championed authors and illustrators that reflect the black experience in our country.

These award-winning titles fill our shelves, including picture books like:

…nonfiction and biographies like:

…chapter books like:

…and young adult fiction, including:

Borrow a few the next time you visit.

We can think of no better way to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day than by celebrating his wife’s awards and 50 years of beautiful books that tell the stories of black America.