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.

5 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1976


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Duey’s Tale
by Pearl Bailey

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List Price: $10.95
Format: Hardcover, 59 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780151265763
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780140326130
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa
by Shirley Graham Du Bois

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 191 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780671327163
Imprint: Julian Messner
Publisher: Julian Messner
Parent Company: Julian Messner
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Paul Robeson
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by George Ford

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List Price: $10.95
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781600602627
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Song Of The Trees
by Mildred D. Taylor

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780142500750
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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