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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780688417406
Imprint: William Morrow
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
A biography of the blind composer, pianist, and singer who was a child prodigy and went on to win nine Grammy awards.


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Everett Anderson’s Friend
by Lucille Clifton

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780805022469
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company (BYR)
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Book Description: 
At first, Everett is disappointed to find that his new neighbor is a girl.


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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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Format: Hardcover, 395249740 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780395249741
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Book Description: 

More than seventy quizzes challenge and increase the reader’s knowledge of the roles played by blacks in American life.

Check out the Black History Quiz on AALBC.com




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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: Children’s
Age: 8 - 12 years
ISBN13: 9781101993880
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 

A stunning repackage of Mildred D. Taylor’s Newbery Award-winning masterpiece with cover art by two-time Caldecott Honor Award winner Kadir Nelson and an introduction by Jacqueline Woodson, just in time for its 40th Anniversary!

Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride, and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And it is also Cassie’s story—Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect.

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry also won the following awards and honors:

  • Newbery Medal winner
  • A National Book Award Nominee
  • American Book Award Honor Book
  • An ALA Notable Book
  • A NCSS-CBC Notable Children s Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
  • A Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book







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