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 1994


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Toning The Sweep
by Angela Johnson

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 112 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590481427
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780064434393
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590481090
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Soul Looks Back in Wonder
by Langston Hughes, Maya Angelou, Walter Dean Myers, Haki R. Madhubuti, Lucille Clifton and 8 others, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140565010
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Brown Honey in Broomwheat Tea
by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780064434393
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Uncle Jed’s Barbershop
by Margaree K. Mitchell, Illustrated by James Ransome

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689819131
Imprint: Aladdin Paperbacks
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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