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 (store prices may vary)
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 400
ISBN13: 9780140348927
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

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"This dramatic sequel to Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is a powerful novel . . .capable of touching readers of any age." —The Christian Science Monitor


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Lou in the Limelight
by Kristin Hunter

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List Price: $12.95 (store prices may vary)
Format: Library Binding
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 296
ISBN13: 9780684168807
Imprint: Atheneum
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation

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Lou and the Soul Brothers leave home hoping for quick success in show business, but encounter, and fall into, most of the traps that await inexperienced performers.


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Mary: An Autobiography (Chapel Hill Books)
by Mary E. Mebane

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List Price: $21.95 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 256
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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Born in rural North Carolina in 1933, into the last generation before the lines of segregation were broken, the young Mary Mebane felt herself trapped in a "world without options." But even in the face of poverty, racism, and the chilling certainty that her mother’s affection would never be won, she vowed to escape.In this powerful autobiography, first published in 1981, Mebane recalls the joys and chores of her country childhood, the pain of her alienation from her family and community, and her dawning awareness that in her gifts for language and learning lay her key to freedom. With her graduation from college comes a triumph that is both hard-won and bittersweet.


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Rainbow Jordan
by Alice Childress

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List Price: $4.99 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 128
ISBN13: 9780380589746
Imprint: HarperTeen
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation

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Here is Rainbow Jordan: too brave to be a child, too scared to be a woman. "Powerful, eloquent, revealing…the memory of this exceptional heroine is likely to linger a long time."


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Mother Crocodile
by Rosa Guy, Illustrated by John Steptoe

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List Price: $15.00 (store prices may vary)
Format: Paperback
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 32
ISBN13: 9780440064053
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Because Mother Crocodile tells stories of the past, the little crocodiles choose to believe she is crazy until almost too late they learn otherwise.

Rosa Guy’s evocative translation of, Birago Diop’s Maman-Caiman (Mother Crocodile), story of disobedient young crocodiles can be read as a cautionary tale or as a symbolic retelling of the history of Africa. This Senegalese folktale is the winner of the Coretta Scott King Award, and is an ALA Notable Book. "Visually this book is stunning."—New York Times Book Review. Full color.




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Daydreamers
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

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Format: Hardcover
Classification: Children’s
Page Count: 32
ISBN13: 9780803721371
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC

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Poetry and portraits of young black children reveal all the beauty in children’s wishes, yearnings, and memories. “"Greenfield and Feelings have unquestionably worked together in harmony to create their sensitive portrayals of black boys and girls.”—Publishers Weekly.