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 1988


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The Friendship
by Mildred D. Taylor

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 56 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780140389647
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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An Enchanted Hair Tale (Reading Rainbow Book)
by Alexis De Veaux

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List Price: $4.95
Format: Paperback
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780064432719
Imprint: Harpercollins Childrens Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Tales of Uncle Remus (Puffin Modern Classics): The Adventures of Brer Rabbit
by Julius Lester

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780142407202
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
by John Steptoe, Illustrated by John Steptoe

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List Price: $9.50
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140559460
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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The Invisible Hunters/Los cazadores invisibles (Stories from Central America)
by Harriet Rohmer, Octavio Chow and Morris Viduare, Illustrated by Joe Sam

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List Price: $7.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780892391097
Imprint: Children’s Book Press
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals (Aladdin Picture Books)
by John Langstaff, Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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List Price: $4.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689808074
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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