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
Classification: Children’s
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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780809030378
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Book Description: 
Records the feelings of New York elementary school children toward the word "black."


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9781563971846
Imprint: Front Street, Incorporated
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Parent Company: Boyds Mills Press
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Here is the story of the birth of Jesus retold in the idiom of Liberians newly acquainted with the English language. To the storytellers of Liberia, Bible stories become poems, or spoken songs. So it is with this simple and tender version of the Nativity. Long out of print, this special picture book is available again to a new generation of readers.


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I Am a Black Woman
by Mari Evans

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List Price: $8.00
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780863163142
Imprint: Writers and Readers Publishing
Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing
Parent Company: For Beginners LLC
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Potent and powerful poetry, including her hallmark poem "I am a Black Woman"


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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
by Maya Angelou

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Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
ISBN13: 9780345514400
Imprint: Ballantine Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Sent by their mother to live with their devout, self-sufficient grandmother in a small Southern town, Maya and her brother, Bailey, endure the ache of abandonment and the prejudice of the local “powhitetrash.” At eight years old and back at her mother’s side in St. Louis, Maya is attacked by a man many times her age–and has to live with the consequences for a lifetime. Years later, in San Francisco, Maya learns about love for herself and the kindness of others, her own strong spirit, and the ideas of great authors (“I met and fell in love with William Shakespeare”) will allow her to be free instead of imprisoned.

Poetic and powerful, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a modern American classic that will touch hearts and change minds for as long as people read.

Superbly told, with the poet's gift for language and observation, Angelou's autobiography of her childhood in Arkansas.






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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780807549841
Imprint: Albert Whitman & Company
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Parent Company: Albert Whitman & Company
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When her grandmother is hurt in a fall, Mary Jo must get help to the remote farm where they live.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780874850406
Imprint: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Publisher: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
Parent Company: Johnson Publishing Company, Inc.
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Book Description: 
Twenty-one outstanding black men and women illustrated the progress of black achievement from the 14th to the 20th century in widely different fields of endeavor. Included are Frederick Douglass, Mary McLeod Bethune, Daniel Hale Williams, and W.E.B. Du Bois.


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The Voice of the Children
by June Jordan

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Format: Library Binding
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780030851742
Imprint: Holt Rinehart & Winston
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Book Description: 
Twenty black and Puerto Rican children write their poetic impressions of growing up in the ghettos of America.


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Unbought and Unbossed: Expanded 40th Anniversary Edition
by Shirley Chisholm

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List Price: $15.99
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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Unbought and Unbossed is Shirley Chisholm’s account of her remarkable rise from young girl in Brooklyn to America’s first African-American Congresswoman. She shares how she took on an entrenched system, gave a public voice to millions, and sets the stage for her trailblazing bid to be the first woman and first African-American President of the United States. By daring to be herself, Shirley Chisholm shows us how she forever changed the status quo. This expanded edition, edited by Scott Simpson, digs deeper with analysis by experts like Donna Brazile and Shola Lynch exploring Shirley Chisholm’s impact on today and tomorrow’s world.



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