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

Publication Date:
List Price: $10.95
Format: Hardcover, 59 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780151265763
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Book Description: 
A maple seedling becomes separated from his mother tree, makes friends with a bottle and a log, and searches for his own place in life.


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Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Stuff
by Walter Dean Myers

Publication Date:
List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140326130
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
Stuff doesn’t know anyone when he first moves to 116th Street. But all of that changes when he meets Fast Sam, Cool Clyde, and Gloria. Stuff and the gang grow close that eventful year, and nothing is ever like it again. That’s the year modern science gets them all in jail; Stuff falls in love and is unfaithful; and Cool Clyde and Fast Sam win the dance contest-almost.


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Julius K. Nyerere: Teacher of Africa
by Shirley Graham Du Bois

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Format: Hardcover, 191 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780671327163
Imprint: Julian Messner
Publisher: Julian Messner
Parent Company: Julian Messner
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Book Description: 
A biography of the African nationalist who led Tanganyika to independence, united that country with Zanzibar, and became the first president of Tanzania.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9781600602627
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Book Description: 
An updated and redesigned edition of an award-winning* biography of Paul Robeson, who overcame racial discrimination to become an international entertainer and civil rights activist. Includes a new introduction and afterword by the author, focusing on Robeson’s legacy.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780142500750
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
With the depression bearing down on her family and food in short supply, Cassie Logan isn’t sure where her next meal will come from. But there is one thing that she knows will always be there-the whispering trees outside her window. Cassie’s trees are a steady source of comfort to her, but they also happen to be worth a lot of money. When Mr. Andersen tries to force Big Ma to sell their valuable trees, Cassie can’t just sit by and let it happen. She knows that her family needs the money, but something tells her that they need the trees just as much. The beloved heroine of Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry enchants us again in this story of strength and pride.



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