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.

10 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 1999


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Heaven
by Angela Johnson

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 144 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780689822902
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Breaking Ground, Breaking Silence: The Story of New York’s African Burial Ground
by Joyce Hansen

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List Price: $22.95
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780805050127
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Jazmin’s Notebook
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 112 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780141307022
Imprint: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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The Other Side: Shorter Poems
by Angela Johnson

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Paperback, 64 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780531071670
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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I See the Rhythm
by Toyomi Igus, Illustrated by Michele Wood

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List Price: $10.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780892392124
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
by Andrea Davis Pinkney, Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780786814206
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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I Have Heard of a Land
by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780064436175
Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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The Bat Boy and His Violin
by Gavin Curtis, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689841156
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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The Piano Man
by Debbie Chocolate, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

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List Price: $6.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780802775788
Imprint: Walker Childrens
Publisher: Walker and Co
Parent Company: Walker and Co
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The Skin I’m In
by Sharon G. Flake

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781368019439
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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