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 2003


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Bronx Masquerade
by Nikki Grimes

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 176 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780142501894
Imprint: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780439352437
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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The Red Rose Box
by Brenda Woods

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List Price: $5.99
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780142501511
Imprint: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Talkin’ About Bessie: The Story of Aviator Elizabeth Coleman
by Nikki Grimes, Illustrated by E. B. Lewis

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780439352437
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles - Think of That!
by Leo & Diane Dillon, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780590478830
Imprint: Scholastic Inc
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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Visiting Langston
by Willie Perdomo, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780805078817
Imprint: Square Fish
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Chill Wind
by Janet McDonald

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 144 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780374411831
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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The Moon Ring
by Randy DuBurke

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: , 36 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781452126777
Imprint: Chronicle Books
Publisher: Chronicle Books
Parent Company: McEvoy Group
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