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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780064461207
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
History has made me an African American. It is an Africa that I have come from, and an America that I have helped to create.Since they were first brought as captives to Virginia, the people who would become African Americans have struggled for freedom. Thousands fought for the rights of all Americans during the Revolutionary War, and for their own rights during the Civil War. On the battlefield, through education, and through their creative genius, they have worked toward one goal: that the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness be denied no one.Fired by the legacy of men and women like Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, Ida B. Wells, and George Latimer, the struggle continues today. Here is African-American history, told through the stories of the people whose experiences have shaped and continue to shape the America in which we live.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140556834
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 
A rich collection of original poems celebrates the sights, sounds, and emotions of an African-American neighborhood over the course of a single evening. Reprint. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reading Rainbow. AB. K. SLJ.


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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: Children’s
Age: 5 - 8 years
ISBN13: 9780517580301
Imprint: Crown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Book Description: 

Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold broke new ground because the book was adapted from the textile/quilt. She incorporated African American/Native American building history and made the city seem magical with Black children flying over landmarks.—Zetta Elliott, PhD

I will always remember
when the stars fell down around me
and lifted me up above
the George Washington Bridge.

Cassie Louise Lightfoot, eight years old in 1939, has a dream: to be free to go wherever she wants for the rest of her life. One night, up on “tar beach” —the rooftop of her family’s Harlem apartment building—her dream comes true. The stars lift her up, and she flies over the city. She claims the buildings as her own—even the union building, so her father won’t have to worry anymore about not being allowed to join just because his father was not a member. As Cassie learns, anyone can fly. “All you need is somewhere to go you can’t get to any other way. The next thing you know, you‘re flying above the stars.”

This magical story resonates with a universal wish. Originally written by Faith Ringgold for her story quilt of the same name, Tar Beach is a seamless weaving of fiction, autobiography, and African-American history and literature. Originally publishing in 1991 by Crown Publishers, New York.






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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780689867866
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Book Description: 
Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Bryan has selected twenty best-known and best-loved African-American spirituals, including the title song, "All Night, All Day," and such others as "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands."
Glorious full-color pictures, piano accompaniment, and guitar chords help capture the spirit and essence of these timeless songs that can be enjoyed by people of every age and every level of musical skill.


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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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780140556834
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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Read a Description of Night on Neighborhood Street (Picture Puffins)


Book Description: 
A rich collection of original poems celebrates the sights, sounds, and emotions of an African-American neighborhood over the course of a single evening. Reprint. Coretta Scott King Honor Book. Reading Rainbow. AB. K. SLJ.



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