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.

4 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1986


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The People Could Fly Picture Book
by Virginia Hamilton, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780375845536
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
LEO AND DIANE DILLON’S award-winning picture book interpretation of Newbery Medalist Virginia Hamilton’s beloved tale now includes an unforgettable word-for-word CD narration by James Earl Jones and Virginia Hamilton. This tale of slaves who could fly to freedom offered hope in the darkly brutal times of slavery. "That is what Virginia Hamilton set out to show, what the Dillons have so astutely expounded on and what ultimately makes this version of ’People’ so powerful. Think of it as a triad of words, pictures, and storytelling." - New York Times Book Review

An elegant gift for reading, looking, and listening.




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Junius over far
by Virginia Hamilton

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Format: Unbound, 277 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780060221942
Imprint: Harper & Row
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
After his grandfather leaves his family and returns to a dangerous situation on his home island in the Caribbean, fourteen-year-old Junius decides to follow him in search of his lost heritage.


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Trouble’s Child
by Mildred Pitts Walter

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List Price: $11.95
Format: Hardcover, 157 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780688042141
Imprint: Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Martha longs to leave her island home off the Louisiana coast and go to high school where she can learn more than the ways of her midwife grandmother and perhaps someday broaden the lives of the superstitious villagers.


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The Patchwork Quilt
by Valerie Flournoy, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780803700970
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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