Coretta Scott King Book Award Winners 1970 to Present

coretta_scott_kingThe Coretta Scott King Awards are presented annually by the American Library Association to honor African-American authors and illustrators who create outstanding books for children and young adults. “… an excellent start on your quest for the best in African-American literature for children.”

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The CSK Book Awards seal and award names are owned by the American Library Association.

The award was established in 1969 to recognize authors. In 1979 it was expanded to include a separate award for illustrators. There are five categories of book awards; Author, Author Honor, Illustrator, Illustrator Honor, and the John Steptoe Award for New Talent.

These awards are given to commemorate the life and work of the late Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and to honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her continuing efforts in working for peace and civil rights issues. In 2015 The Coretta Scott King Awards became part of the Youth Media Awards. Here is a printable list of all the award winning books.

You may learn more, about this award, at the American Library Association’s website. Also check out our list of Top 100+ Recommended African-American Children’s Books, some are also CSK Award winning titles.

One Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book for 1970


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Martin Luther King Jr.: Man of Peace
by Lillie Patterson

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List Price: $118.11
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780811645553
Imprint: Dell Publishing
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
A biography of the minister, orator, and crusader for equal civil rights who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964.