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.

6 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1979


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Escape To Freedom: A Play About Young Frederick Douglass (Puffin books)
by Ossie Davis

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780140343557
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Benjamin Banneker: Genius of Early America
by Lillie Patterson

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List Price: $1.00
Format: Hardcover, 142 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780687029006
Imprint: Abingdon Press
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Parent Company: Abingdon Press
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I Have a Sister—My Sister Is Deaf
by Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780064430593
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Justice and Her Brothers
by Virginia Hamilton

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List Price: $1.95
Format: Paperback, 217 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780380561193
Imprint: Avon Books (Mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Skates of Uncle Richard
by Carol Fenner

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List Price: $2.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780394826059
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Something on My Mind
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780803782297
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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