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.

4 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1977


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The Story of Stevie Wonder
by James Haskins

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List Price: $6.75
Format: Hardcover, 126 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780688417406
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Everett Anderson’s Friend
by Lucille Clifton

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780805022469
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company (BYR)
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Quiz Book on Black America
by Clarence N. Blake and Donald F. Martin, Illustrated by Rosalyn Hawthorne

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 207 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780395249741
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
by Mildred D. Taylor, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781101993880
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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