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 1982


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Let the Circle Be Unbroken
by Mildred D. Taylor

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780140348927
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Lou in the Limelight
by Kristin Hunter

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List Price: $12.95
Format: Library Binding, 296 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780684168807
Imprint: Atheneum
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Mary: An Autobiography (Chapel Hill Books)
by Mary E. Mebane

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List Price: $21.95
Format: Paperback, 256 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780807848210
Imprint: The University of North Carolina Press
Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
Parent Company: The University of North Carolina
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Rainbow Jordan
by Alice Childress

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List Price: $4.99
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780380589746
Imprint: HarperTeen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Mother Crocodile
by Rosa Guy, Illustrated by John Steptoe

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List Price: $15.00
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780440064053
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Daydreamers
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Poetry
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780803721371
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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