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.

8 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1993


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The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales Of The Supernatural
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780679890065
Imprint: Yearling
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Mississippi Challenge
by Mildred Pitts Walter

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780689803079
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Sojourner Truth: Ain’t I a Woman?
by Patricia C. Mckissack

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590446914
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Somewhere In The Darkness
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780545055772
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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The Origin of Life on Earth: An African Creation Myth
by Sankofa and David A. Anderson, Illustrated by Kathleen Atkins Wilson

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780962997853
Imprint: Sights Production
Publisher: Sights Production
Parent Company: Sights Production
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Little Eight John (Picture Puffins)
by Jan Wahl, Illustrated by Wil Clay

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140556308
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Sukey and the Mermaid
by Robert D. San Souci, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689807183
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Working Cotton
by Sherley Anne Williams, Illustrated by Carole Byard

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List Price: $7.00
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780152014827
Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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