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 1997


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Slam!
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 288 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780545055741
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Rebels Against Slavery: American Slave Revolts
by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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List Price: $15.95
Format: Hardcover, 182 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780590457354
Imprint: Scholastic Press
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
by Alan Schroeder, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780140561968
Imprint: Puffin Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Neeny Coming, Neeny Going
by Karen English, Illustrated by Synthia Saint James

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List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780816737963
Imprint: Troll Communications
Publisher: Troll Communications
Parent Company: Troll Communications
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Running The Road To ABC (Aladdin Picture Books)
by Denize Lauture, Illustrated by Reynold Ruffins

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689831652
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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The Palm of My Heart: Poetry by African American Children
by Davida Adedjouma, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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List Price: $9.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781880000762
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Another Way to Dance
by Martha Southgate

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List Price: $4.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 208 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780440219682
Imprint: Laurel Leaf
Publisher: Laurel Leaf
Parent Company: Laurel Leaf
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