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.

6 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1974


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A Hero Ain’t Nothin But a Sandwich
by Alice Childress

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 128 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780698118546
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
Benjie can stop using heroin anytime he wants to. He just doesn’t want to yet. Why would he want to give up something that makes him feel so good, so relaxed, so tuned-out? As Benjie sees it, there’s nothing much to tune in for. School is a waste of time, and home life isn’t much better. All Benjie wants is for someone to believe in him, for someone to believe that he’s more than a thirteen-year-old junkie. Told from the perspectives of the people in his life-including his mother, stepfather, teachers, drug dealer, and best friend-this powerful story will draw you into Benjie’s troubled world and force you to confront the uncertainty of his future.


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Don’t You Remember
by Lucille Clifton

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List Price: $8.50
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780525288404
Imprint: Dutton Juvenile
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Until her birthday a young girl is convinced everyone makes promises to her that only she remembers.


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Guests in the Promised Land
by Kristin Hunter

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List Price: $1.50
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780380005154
Imprint: Avon Books (Mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
A "must read" classic!


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Ms. Africa: Profiles of Modern African Women
by Louise Crane

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Format: Loose Leaf, 159 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780397314461
Imprint: J. B. Lippincott
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Brief biographies of thirteen prominent African women emphasizing their achievements in their chosen careers. Included are Angie Brooks, Margaret Kenyatta, and Miriam Makeba.


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Mukasa
by John Nagenda

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Library Binding
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780027680805
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Ray Charles en Espanol (Spanish Edition)
by Sharon Bell Mathis, Illustrated by George Ford

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9781584302810
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythm and melodies have been embraced around the globe for decades. Now, in this beautiful Spanish edition of the award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight completely and learned to read and write music in Braille, until the age of 40, when he had become a world-renowned jazz and blues musician. In a new introduction, the author updates Charles’ life to the present day.