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 2001


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Miracle’s Boys
by Jacqueline Woodson

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780142415535
Imprint: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 120 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780547906041
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Uptown (An Owlet Book)
by Bryan Collier, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780805073997
Imprint: Square Fish
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
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Freedom River
by Doreen Rappaport, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781423106340
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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Only Passing Through
by Anne F. Rockwell, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780440417668
Imprint: Random House Children’s Books
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Virgie Goes to School with Us Boys
by Elizabeth Fitzgerald Howard, 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: 9780689877933
Imprint: Aladdin
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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