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.

9 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1971


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Black Troubadour
by Langston Hughes

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List Price: $4.95
Format: Hardcover, 143 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9789997507501
Imprint: Rand Mcnally
Publisher: Rand Mcnally
Parent Company: Rand Mcnally
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Black Means …
by Barney Grossman

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List Price: $5.95
Format: Hardcover, 63 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Early Reader
ISBN13: 9780809030378
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Every Man Heart Lay Down
by Lorenz Graham

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List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781563971846
Imprint: Front Street, Incorporated
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Parent Company: Boyds Mills Press
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I Am a Black Woman
by Mari Evans

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Poetry
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780863163142
Imprint: Writers and Readers Publishing
Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing
Parent Company: For Beginners LLC
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780345514400
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Mary Jo’s Grandmother
by Janice May Udry

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List Price: $8.75
Format: Library Binding, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780807549841
Imprint: Albert Whitman & Company
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Parent Company: Albert Whitman & Company
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The Ebony Book of Black Achievement
by Margaret Peters

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List Price: $10.95
Format: Hardcover, 124 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780874850406
Imprint: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Publisher: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Parent Company: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
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The Voice of the Children
by June Jordan

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Library Binding, 101 pages
Classification: Poetry
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780030851742
Imprint: Holt Rinehart & Winston
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition
by Shirley Chisholm

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Paperback, 200 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780980059021
Imprint: Take Root Media
Publisher: Take Root Media
Parent Company: Take Root Media
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