In honor of Black History Month, here are the three 2009 winners of the American Library Association's Coretta Scott King Awards for children's literature that explores the African-American experience.
Bad News for Outlaws: The Remarkable Life of Bass Reeves, Deputy U.S. Marshal (Carolrhoda Books/Lerner) by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson is the illustrated biography of a legendary peace officer, born into slavery, who became one of the most respected lawmen in Indian Territory.
My People (Ginee Seo Books/Atheneum), a poem by Langston Hughes illustrated by Charles R. Smith Jr., features vibrant sepia photographs celebrating the beauty and diversity of African-Americans.
The Rock and the River (Aladdin/Simon & Schuster) by Kekla Magoon is the story of a young boy in 1968 Chicago living in the shadows of his father, a civil rights activist working with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and his older brother, who has joined the Black Panther Party.
Colette Bancroft, Times book editor