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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140343557
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
A play that depicts Frederick Douglas overcoming his beginnings as a slave to becoming the first African American man to hold a diplomatic office.


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Benjamin Banneker: Genius of Early America
by Lillie Patterson, Illustrated by David Scott Brown

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List Price: $1.00
Format: Hardcover, 142 pages
Classification: Children’s
Age: 8 - 12 Years
ISBN13: 9780687029006
Imprint: Abingdon Press
Publisher: Abingdon Press
Parent Company: Abingdon Press
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Book Description: 

True, young Benjamin's "eyes fairly danced with excitement," but it's contagious: this is an inspirational biography so thoroughly conversant with black aspirations and Maryland history (the author is a black Baltimore librarian) and so attentive to the particulars of its hero's accomplishments as to make him a hero indeed. At six he becomes the proud co-owner of 100 "Crown Colony of Maryland" acres. From the Bible (and his grandmother) he learns to read; a Quaker schoolmaster opens up a "new world" of mathematics, of "parts to be added, divided, made larger or smaller, taken apart and put together again." On Patterson's part, calculated words. The sight of a watch, and its loan, starts him building "the wonderful wooden clock" that first makes him famous. Educated neighbors, the Quaker Ellicotts, acquaint him with surveying and astronomy; and, at almost 60, he exchanges most of his farm for a lifelong annuity and time to pursue his new interests. Though the account is dramatized, what is invented is not implausible--and what is crucial or controversial is forthrightly stated. Banneker collaborates with Andrew Ellicott in surveying the land for the new capital city; then, after Pierre L'Enfant is dismissed, the two execute his plans. Did Banneker himself redraw the plans from memory? The evidence is lost, we're informed; sufficient, the ascertainable. But what is most intriguing, and made Banneker still "more famous," is his almanac. From the details of its compilation--complete to original astronomical charts (B. Franklin's were borrowed)--we come to appreciate its significance in demonstrating (as a publisher's foreword noted) "that the colour of the skin is in no way connected with strength of mind or intellectual powers." So, BB, "philomath"—in the most meticulously appreciative young biography yet. —Kirkus Review




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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064430593
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
A young deaf child who loves to run and jump and play is affectionately described by her older sister. Can give young children an understanding of the fact that deaf children . . . share all the interests of children with normal hearing.’ ’C. A friendly, affirmative look [at the everyday experiences of the two sisters].’ ’BL. 1979 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book
A Reading Rainbow Selection
Children’s Books of 1977 (Library of Congress)


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Justice and Her Brothers
by Virginia Hamilton

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List Price: $1.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780380561193
Imprint: Avon Books (Mm)
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
An eleven-year-old and her older twin brothers struggle to understand their supersensory powers.


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Skates of Uncle Richard
by Carol Fenner

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List Price: $2.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780394826059
Imprint: Random House Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
With her Uncle’s encouragement a nine-year-old takes the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a figure skater.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780803782297
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
Poems expressing the hopes, fears, joys, and sorrows of growing up.



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