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 now sixfive 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 2006


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Day of Tears
by Julius Lester

Publication Date: Mar 20, 2007
List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781423104094
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company

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A Wreath for Emmett Till
by Marilyn Nelson

Publication Date: Jan 12, 2009
List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 48 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780547076362
Imprint: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

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Dark Sons
by Nikki Grimes

Publication Date: Feb 01, 2021
List Price: $19.80
Format: Prebound-Glued
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781663606419
Imprint: Turtleback
Publisher: Turtleback
Parent Company: Turtleback

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Maritcha: A Nineteenth-Century American Girl
by Tonya Bolden

Publication Date: Sep 01, 2004
List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780810950450
Imprint: Abrams Books
Publisher: Abrams
Parent Company: La Martinière Groupe

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Rosa
by Nikki Giovanni, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

Publication Date: Dec 26, 2007
List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780312376024
Imprint: Square Fish
Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group

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Brothers In Hope
by Mary Williams, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Publication Date: Apr 28, 2005
List Price: $20.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781584302322
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books

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Jimi & Me
by Jaime Adoff

Publication Date: Mar 27, 2007
List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 329 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781423104001
Imprint: Jump At The Sun
Publisher: Jump At The Sun
Parent Company: Jump At The Sun

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