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.

8 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1978


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Africa Dream
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Carole Byard

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064432771
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her. Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.’ —Publishers Weekly. 1978 Coretta Scott King Award


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Barbara Jordan
by James Haskins

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Hardcover, 215 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780803704527
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
A biography of the Congresswoman from Texas, the first black woman ever to be elected to that office from the South.


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Coretta Scott King (Americans All)
by Lillie Patterson

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List Price: $8.76
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780811645850
Imprint: Garrard Publishing Company
Publisher: Garrard Publishing Company
Parent Company: Garrard Publishing Company
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Book Description: 
A biography of the wife of the slain civil rights leader, Martin Luther King, Jr.


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Marvin and Tige
by Frankcina Glass

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List Price: $1.95
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780449237441
Imprint: Fawcett
Publisher: Fawcett
Parent Company: Fawcett
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Book Description: 

A sensitive, mildly alcoholic, solitary former advertising executive and a street-wise, lonely eleven-year-old ragamuffin from the Atlanta slums are drawn together and experience heartbreaking tribulations and the joys of loving and being loved.




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Mary McLeod Bethune (Crowell Biographies)
by Eloise Greenfield

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List Price: $14.89
Format: Library Binding, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780690011296
Imprint: Harper & Row
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Biography of Mary Jane McLeod Bethune who made numerous contributions to education for Afro-Americans.


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Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington
by Ruth Ann Stewart

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List Price: $7.95
Format: Hardcover, 154 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780385053297
Imprint: Doubleday
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 

Tells the story of an independent and courageous woman, Portia Washington Pittman, Daughter of Booker T. Washington, who refused to ow to pressures of society to conform.




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The Days When the Animals Talked: Black American Folktales and How They Came to Be (Young Readers)
by William J. Faulkner

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Paperback, 190 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780865433748
Imprint: Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press
Publisher: Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press
Parent Company: Africa World Press & The Red Sea Press
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Book Description: 
Presents more than 20 Afro-American folktales featuring the escapades of Brer Rabbit and more than 10 tales describing the lives of Afro-American slaves.


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Africa Dream
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Carole Byard

Publication Date:
List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064432771
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Read a Description of Africa Dream


Book Description: 
An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her. Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.’ —Publishers Weekly. 1978 Coretta Scott King Award