Annal: 2003 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Results of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards in the year 2003.

Book:Talkin' About Bessie

Talkin' About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman

Nikki Grimes, E.B. Lewis

Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman was always being told what she could & couldn't do. In an era when Jim Crow laws and segregation were a way of life, it was not easy to survive. Bessie didn't let that stop her. Although she was only 11 when the Wright brothers took their historic flight, she vowed to become the first African-American female pilot. Her sturdy faith and determination helped her overcome obstacles of poverty, racism, and gender discrimination. Innovatively told through a series of monologues.

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