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 1983


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Sweet Whispers, Brother Rush
by Virginia Hamilton

Publication Date:
List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780380651931
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Why had he come to her, with his dark secrets from a long-ago past? What was the purpose of their strange, haunting journeys back into her own childhood? Was it to help Dab, her retarded older brother, wracked with mysterious pain who sometimes took more care and love than Tree had to give? Was it for her mother, Vy, who loved them the best she knew how, but wasn’t home enough to ease the terrible longing?Whatever secrets his whispered message held, Tree knew she must follow. She must follow Brother Rush through the magic mirror, and find out the truth. About all of them.


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This Strange New Feeling
by Julius Lester

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List Price: $4.50
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780590440479
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Book Description: 
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Black Child
by Peter Magubane, Illustrated by Peter Magubane

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Paperback, 102 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780394709598
Imprint: Knopf
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
1982, First Edition, Large Paperback, 109 pages


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All the Colors of the Race
by Arnold Adoff, Illustrated by John Steptoe

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List Price: $4.95
Format: Paperback, 56 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780688114961
Imprint: Beech Tree Books
Publisher: Beech Tree Books
Parent Company: Beech Tree Books
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Book Description: 
"A celebration of multiethnicity, Adoff’s loose, free-verse poems center on a girl of black-white parentage but extend their theme of tolerance to all races."—Booklist.


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I’m Going to Sing (Black American Spirituals, Vol. 2)
by Ashley Bryan, Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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List Price: $10.95
Format: Library Binding, 53 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780689309151
Imprint: Atheneum
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Book Description: 
Music-Black American spirituals.


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Just Us Women
by Jeannette Caines, Illustrated by Pat Cummings

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064430562
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
"No boys and no men-just us women," Aunt Martha tells her niece. And together they plan their trip to North Carolina in Aunt Martha’s brand-new car. This is to be a very special outing-with no one to hurry them along, the two travelers can do exactly as they please.



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