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.

7 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1996


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Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales
by Virginia Hamilton, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $25.99
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590473705
Imprint: Blue Sky Press
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Parent Company: Blue Sky Press
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From the Notebooks of Melanin Sun
by Jacqueline Woodson

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780142416419
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Like Sisters On The Homefront
by Rita Williams-Garcia

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780140385618
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
by Christopher Paul Curtis

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780385382946
Imprint: Yearling
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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The Middle Passage: White Ships/ Black Cargo
by Tom Feelings, Illustrated by Tom Feelings

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List Price: $29.99
Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780525552444
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Her Stories: African American Folktales, Fairy Tales, And True Tales
by Virginia Hamilton, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $25.99
Format: Hardcover
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590473705
Imprint: Blue Sky Press
Publisher: Blue Sky Press
Parent Company: Blue Sky Press
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The Faithful Friend
by Robert D. San Souci, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689824586
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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