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 1989


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Fallen Angels
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780545055765
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Book Description: 
An exciting, eye-catching repackage of acclaimed author Walter Dean Myers’ bestselling paperbacks, to coincide with the publication of SUNRISE OVER FALLUJA in hardcover.

A coming-of-age tale for young adults set in the trenches of the Vietnam War in the late 1960s, this is the story of Perry, a Harlem teenager who volunteers for the service when his dream of attending college falls through. Sent to the front lines, Perry and his platoon come face-to-face with the Vietcong and the real horror of warfare. But violence and death aren’t the only hardships. As Perry struggles to find virtue in himself and his comrades, he questions why black troops are given the most dangerous assignments, and why the U.S. is even there at all.


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A Thief in the Village: And Other Stories of Jamaica
by James Berry

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140343571
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
This is a collection of short stories about children and young people in Jamaica. Full of wonderfully atmospheric background detail combined with the rhythms and patterns of speech, these contemporary narratives bring to life a culture highly relevant to multi ethnic Britain. Stories include "Becky and the Wheels and Brake Boys"; "A Thief in the Village"; "Tukku Tukku and Sampson"; "All other Days Run into Sunday"; "The Mouth Organ Boys"; "Elias and the Mongoose"; "The Pet, The Sea and Little Buddy"; "Fanso and Granny-Flo"; and, "The Banana Tree".


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Anthony Burns: The Defeat and Triumph of a Fugitive Slave (Laurel-leaf books)
by Virginia Hamilton

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780679839972
Imprint: Laurel Leaf
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Parent Company: Laurel Leaf
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Book Description: 
Now in Laurel-Leaf, Virginia Hamilton’s powerful true account of the sensational trial of a fugitive slave.

The year is 1854, and Anthony Burns, a 20-year-old Virginia slave, has escaped to Boston. But according to the Fugitive Slave Act, a runaway can be captured in any free state, and Anthony is soon imprisoned. The antislavery forces in Massachusetts are outraged, but the federal government backs the Fugitive Slave Act, sparking riots in Boston and fueling the Abolitionist movement.

Written with all the novelistic skill that has won her every major award in children’s literature, Virginia Hamilton’s important work of nonfiction puts young readers into the mind of Burns himself.


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Mirandy and Brother Wind
by Patricia C. Mckissack, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780679883333
Imprint: Dragonfly Books
Publisher: Dragonfly Books
Parent Company: Dragonfly Books
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Book Description: 
“Each page sparkles with life.”—The New York Times Book Review

In this Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Award winning tale, Mirandy is determined to capture the best partner for the junior cakewalk jubilee. And who is the best partner? The wind, of course!

Grandmama Beasley says, “Can’t nobody put shackles on Brother Wind, chile. He be special. He be free.” With neighbors up and down Ridgetop suggesting all manner of strategies, and friend Ezel laughing at each foiled one, Mirandy grows ever more determined: she’ll get hold of that Brother Wind yet!
Patricia C. McKissack’s thoroughly engaging tale dances with spirit and rollicking good humor. Complemented by Jerry Pinkney’s rich, eye-catching watercolors of the rural South, here’s one of those rare, rewarding picture books that is sure to be read and enjoyed again and again.


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Storm in the Night
by Mary Stolz, Illustrated by Pat Cummings

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064432566
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Storm in the night.
Thunder like mountains blowing up.
Lightning licking the navy-blue sky.
Rain streaming down the windows,
babbling in the downspouts.
And Grandfather? . . .
And Thomas? . . .
And Ringo, the cat?
They were in the dark.
Too early to go to bed, and with only flashes of lightning to see by, Thomas and his grandfather happily find themselves re-discovering the half-forgotten scents and sounds of their world, and having a wonderful time learning important, new things about each other in a spirited conversation sparked by darkness.Mary Stolz and Pat Cummings have each brought their unique talents to this lyrical tale about a magical, stormy night and a special relationship.


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Under The Sunday Tree
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Amos Ferguson

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List Price: $10.99
Format: Paperback, 48 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064432573
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
Too special for just once-a-week reading, Eloise Greenfield’s 20 exuberant poems are matched by the bright colors of Mr. Amos Ferguson’s life-filled paintings. His native Caribbean glows as vividly in the words as in the full-page primitive pictures. . . . A perfect collaboration between two master imagemakers." ’SLJ. 1988 Coretta Scott King Award Honor Book for Illustration
Notable Children’s Books of 1988 (ALA)
Children’s Books of 1989 (Library of Congress)



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