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.

5 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1992


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Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780064461207
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Night on Neighborhood Street (Picture Puffins)
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140556834
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Tar Beach
by Faith Ringgold, Illustrated by Faith Ringgold

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List Price: $18.00
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780517580301
Imprint: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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All Night, All Day: A Child’s First Book of African-American Spirituals
by Ashley Bryan, Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 48 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689867866
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Night on Neighborhood Street (Picture Puffins)
by Eloise Greenfield, Illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist

Publication Date:
List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140556834
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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