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 1995


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Christmas In The Big House: Christmas In The Quarters
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590430289
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Black Diamond: The Story of the Negro Baseball Leagues (Polaris)
by Patricia C. Mckissack

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590682138
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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I Hadn’t Meant to Tell You This
by Jacqueline Woodson

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780142417041
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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The Captive (Apple Paperbacks)
by Joyce Hansen

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List Price: $4.50
Format: Paperback, 195 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590416245
Imprint: Apple
Publisher: Apple
Parent Company: Apple
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The Creation
by James Weldon Johnson, Illustrated by James Ransome

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List Price: $18.95
Format: Hardcover, 1 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780823410699
Imprint: Holiday House
Publisher: Holiday House
Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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Meet Danitra Brown
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780688154714
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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The Singing Man: Adapted from a West African Folktale
by Angela S. Medearis, Illustrated by Terea Shaffer

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List Price: $17.95
Format: Hardcover, 1 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780823411030
Imprint: Holiday House
Publisher: Holiday House
Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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Tears Of A Tiger (Hazelwood High Trilogy)
by Sharon M. Draper

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781442489134
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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