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.

9 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 2005


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Remember: The Journey to School Integration
by Toni Morrison

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List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780618397402
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Fortune’s Bones: The Manumission Requiem
by Marilyn Nelson

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781932425123
Imprint: Highlights Press
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Parent Company: Boyds Mills Press
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The Legend of Buddy Bush
by Shelia P. Moses

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780689858390
Imprint: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Who Am I Without Him?
by Sharon G. Flake

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List Price: $8.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781423103837
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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Ellington Was Not a Street
by Ntozake Shange, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689828843
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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God Bless the Child
by Arthur Herzog, Jr., Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780060287979
Imprint: HarperCollins
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Jazzy Miz Mozetta
by Brenda C. Roberts

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780374336745
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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Missy Violet and Me
by Barbara Hathaway

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Paperback, 110 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780618809196
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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