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 1991


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The Road to Memphis
by Mildred D. Taylor

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 304 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140360776
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
"Cassie recounts harrowing events during late 1941. An engrossing picture of fine young people endeavoring to find the right way in a world that persistently wrongs them." —Kirkus Reviews


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Black Dance in America: A History Through Its People
by James Haskins

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List Price: $15.00
Format: Hardcover, 232 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780690046571
Imprint: Harper & Row
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
A history of African-American dance in the United States discusses such celebrated artists as Bill ""Bojangles"" Robinson, Katherine Dunham, Arthur Mitchell, and others who were influential in the dance world. By the author of Black Theater in America. Reprint.


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When I Am Old With You (Orchard Paperbacks)
by Angela Johnson

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780531070352
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Book Description: 
"A small child imagines a future when he will be old with his Granddaddy and will sit beside him in a rocking chair and talk about everything…The poignant reality that time will never allow these two to coexist at the same age is softened by the fact that they do not have to be the same age in order to share happy times…The African American child and grandfather are…recognizable to anyone who has ever shared the bond of family love across generations." - School Library Journal, starred review


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Aida
by Leontyne Price, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $20.00
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780152004057
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Book Description: 
With depth and understanding, acclaimed diva Leontyne Price retells this famous opera about the beautiful princess of Ethiopia. “The Dillons magnificently capture the drama with powerful full-page illustrations that resemble stage sets. . . . Ideal for reading aloud during an Egyptian unit, in music classes, to children attending the opera, or for the pure aesthetic experience.”—Booklist