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 1990


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A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (Walker’s American History Series for Young People)
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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List Price: $9.95
Format: Paperback, 160 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780802774378
Imprint: Walker Childrens
Publisher: Walker and Co
Parent Company: Walker and Co
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Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Freedom Movement (Makers of America)
by Lillie Patterson

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780816029976
Imprint: Checkmark Books
Publisher: Checkmark Books
Parent Company: Checkmark Books
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Nathaniel Talking
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780863162015
Imprint: Writers and Readers Publishing
Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing
Parent Company: For Beginners LLC
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The Bells of Christmas
by Virginia Hamilton

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List Price: $10.00
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780152015503
Imprint: Sandpiper
Publisher: Sandpiper
Parent Company: Sandpiper
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Nathaniel Talking
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780863162015
Imprint: Writers and Readers Publishing
Publisher: Writers & Readers Publishing
Parent Company: For Beginners LLC
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The Talking Eggs
by Robert D. San Souci, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780803706194
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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