NAACP Image Awards Winners and Nominees

NAACP Image Award LogoIn 2019, the NAACP celebrtates the 50th anniversary of Image Awards. Awards are given in the following literature categories; Biography/Autobiography, Children, Debut Author, Fiction, Instructional, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Youth/Teens

Print a list of all the award winning and nominated books (a list of all the prior years is being compiled). Learn more at the NAACP Image Awards website.


8 Image Award Winning and Nominated Books for 2010

Winner - Biography/Autobiography

Michelle Obama: The First Lady In Photographs
by Deborah Willis and Emily Bernard

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List Price: $26.95 (store prices may vary)
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 192
ISBN13: 9780393077476
Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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Book Description: 
A stunning, visual biography of Michelle Obama that finally puts her phenomenal fame into a cultural and historical context we can all understand. There has never been a First Lady like her before. While there have been a slew of Obama celebrity books, none contain the message of Deborah Willis and Emily Bernard’s eye-opening book. With nearly 200 compelling photographs, these two noted scholars capture Michelle Obama’s dramatic transformation from working mother to First Lady, from her first tentative steps on the campaign trail to her spontaneous hug of the Queen, to her fairy-tale-like “date night” on Broadway. Not since Jacqueline Kennedy has there been a First Lady who has so enchanted America, but in her down-to-earth dealings with all Americans?schoolchildren, military families, and home gardeners alike?and in her diverse fashion taste, from J. Crew to Jason Wu, Michelle Obama is inexplicably all pearls, all business, all mother. The authors show how Michelle Obama represents the culmination of America’s evolving views on women, race, motherhood, and beauty. Much more than a mere catalog of style, Michelle Obama is a remarkable pictorial story of one woman’s hold on our imagination. 150 full-color photographs

Winner - Children

Our Children Can Soar: A Celebration Of Rosa, Barack, And The Pioneers Of Change
by Michelle Cook, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

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List Price: $8.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 32
ISBN13: 9781599907833
Imprint: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Parent Company: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC

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Book Description: 

This unique picture book is part history, part poetry, and entirely inspirational. It takes the reader step by simple step through the cumulative story of the US Civil Rights Movement, showing how select pioneers’ achievements led up to the landmark moment when we elected our first black president. Each historical figure is rendered by a different award-winning illustrator, highlighting the singular and vibrant contribution that each figure made.

Includes Illustrations by the following illustrators:



Winner - Debut Author

A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison
by Dwayne Betts

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List Price: $17.00 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 256
ISBN13: 9781583333969
Imprint: Avery
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

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Book Description: 

A unique prison narrative that testifies to the power of books to transform a young man’s life

At the age of sixteen, R. Dwayne Betts—a good student from a lower-middle-class family-carjacked a man with a friend. He had never held a gun before, but within a matter of minutes he had committed six felonies. In Virginia, carjacking is a ""certifiable"" offense, meaning that Betts would be treated as an adult under state law. A bright young kid, he served his nine-year sentence as part of the adult population in some of the worst prisons in the state.

A Question of Freedom chronicles Betts’s years in prison, reflecting back on his crime and looking ahead to how his experiences and the books he discovered while incarcerated would define him. Utterly alone, Betts confronts profound questions about violence, freedom, crime, race, and the justice system. Confined by cinder-block walls and barbed wire, he discovers the power of language through books, poetry, and his own pen. Above all, A Question of Freedom is about a quest for identity-one that guarantees Betts’s survival in a hostile environment and that incorporates an understanding of how his own past led to the moment of his crime.





Winner - Fiction

The Long Fall: The First Leonid McGill Mystery
by Walter Mosley

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List Price: $14.00 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
Page Count: 368
ISBN13: 9780451230256
Imprint: NAL
Publisher: NAL
Parent Company: NAL

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Book Description: 
The widely praised New York Times bestseller, and Mosley’s first new series since his acclaimed Easy Rawlins novels…

Leonid McGill is an ex-boxer and a hard drinker looking to clean up his act. He’s an old-school P.I. working a New York City that’s gotten a little too fancy all around him. But it’s still full of dirty secrets, and as McGill unearths them, his commitment to the straight and narrow is going to be tested to the limit…

Winner - Instructional

Act Like A Lady, Think Like A Man: What Men Really Think About Love, Relationships, Intimacy, And Commitment
by Steve Harvey and Denene Millner

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List Price: $23.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 232
ISBN13: 9780061728976
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

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Book Description: 
“Harvey offers surprising insights into the male mentality and gives women strategies for taming that unruly beast.”
—Philadelphia Inquirer“Women should listen to Steve Harvey when it comes to what a good man is about. Steve Harvey dispenses a lot of fabulous information about men.”
—Aretha FranklinThe #1 New York Times bestseller from the new guru of relationship advice, Steve Harvey’s Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man is an invaluable self-help book that can empower women everywhere to take control of their relationships. The host of a top-rated radio show listened to by millions daily—and of cable TV’s The Steve Harvey Project—Harvey knows what men really think about love, intimacy, and commitment. In Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, the author, media personality, and stand-up comedian gets serious, sharing his wealth of knowledge, insight, and no-nonsense advice for every good woman who wants to find a good man or make her current love last.



Winner - Nonfiction

In Search Of Our Roots: How 19 Extraordinary African Americans Reclaimed Their Past
by Henry Louis Gates, Jr.

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List Price: $27.50 (store prices may vary)
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 448
ISBN13: 9780307382405
Imprint: Crown
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

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Book Description: 
Unlike most white Americans who, if they are so inclined, can search their ancestral records, identifying who among their forebears was the first to set foot on this country’s shores, most African Americans, in tracing their family’s past, encounter a series of daunting obstacles. Slavery was a brutally efficient nullifier of identity, willfully denying black men and women even their names. Yet, from that legacy of slavery, there have sprung generations who’ve struggled, thrived, and lived extraordinary lives.

For too long, African Americans’ family trees have been barren of branches, but, very recently, advanced genetic testing techniques, combined with archival research, have begun to fill in the gaps. Here, scholar Henry Louis Gates, Jr., backed by an elite team of geneticists and researchers, takes nineteen extraordinary African Americans on a once unimaginable journey, tracing family sagas through U.S. history and back to Africa.

Those whose recovered pasts collectively form an African American “people’s history” of the United States include celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Whoopi Goldberg, Chris Rock, Don Cheadle, Chris Tucker, Morgan Freeman, Tina Turner, and Quincy Jones; writers such as Maya Angelou and Bliss Broyard; leading thinkers such as Harvard divinity professor Peter Gomes, the Reverend T. D. Jakes, neurosurgeon Ben Carson, and sociologist Sara Lawrence-Lightfoot; and famous achievers such as astronaut Mae Jemison, media personality Tom Joyner, decathlete Jackie Joyner-Kersee, and Ebony and Jet publisher Linda Johnson Rice.

More than a work of history, In Search of Our Roots is a book of revelatory importance that, for the first time, brings to light the lives of ordinary men and women who, by courageous example, blazed a path for their famous descendants. For a reader, there is the stirring pleasure of witnessing long-forgotten struggles and triumphs but there’s an enduring reward as well. In accompanying the nineteen contemporary achievers on their journey into the past and meeting their remarkable forebears, we come to know ourselves.

Winner - Poetry

Bicycles: Love Poems
by Nikki Giovanni

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List Price: $11.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Poetry
Page Count: 128
ISBN13: 9780061726491
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

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Book Description: 
In a career that has earned her accolades, honorary degrees, and awards from both fellow poets and everyday poetry lovers, Nikki Giovanni has established herself as a writer who can entertain and challenge, inform and inspire. Sometimes controversial, sometimes ethereal, but always beautiful, her poems move readers of all hues and generations. With Bicycles, she’s collected poems that serve as a companion to her 1997 Love Poems. An instant classic, that book—romantic, bold, and erotic—expressed notions of love in ways that were delightfully unexpected. In the years that followed, Giovanni experienced losses both public and private: a mother’s passing, a sister’s too, and a massacre on the campus where she teaches. Yet just when it seemed life was spinning out of control, Giovanni rediscovered love—what she calls the antidote. Here romantic love—and all its manifestations, the physical touch, the emotional pull, the hungry heart—is distilled as never before by one of our most talented poets.

Winner - Youth/Teens

Michelle Obama: Meet The First Lady
by David Bergen Brophy

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List Price: $16.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Nonfiction
Page Count: 128
ISBN13: 9780061779916
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

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Book Description: 
Michelle Obama has been by her husband’s side throughout his historic presidential campaign, a dynamic personality whether she is delivering speeches or hitting the dance floor on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Follow the story of a hardworking girl growing up on the South Side of Chicago and how she has inspired our nation to believe in the American Dream that her life exemplifies. In her own stirring words: America should be a place where you can make it if you try. Written by David Bergen Brophy, this in-depth biography captures the heart and soul of the First Lady behind the campaign for change.