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.

7 Coretta Scott King Award Winning and Honored Books for 2008


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Elijah of Buxton
by Christopher Paul Curtis

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780439023450
Imprint: Scholastic Paperbacks
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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12 Rounds to Glory: The Story of Muhammad Ali
by Charles R. Smith Jr., Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $10.99
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780763650025
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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November Blues (The Jericho Trilogy)
by Sharon M. Draper

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Mass Market Paperback, 400 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781416906995
Imprint: Simon Pulse
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Let it Shine
by Ashley Bryan, Illustrated by Ashley Bryan

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780689847325
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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Jazz On A Saturday Night (Coretta Scott King Honor Book)
by Leo & Diane Dillon, Illustrated by Leo & Diane Dillon

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780590478939
Imprint: The Blue Sky Press
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Parent Company: Scholastic Inc.
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The Secret Olivia Told Me
by E. N. Joy, Illustrated by Nancy Devard

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List Price: $8.95
Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781933491363
Imprint: Just Us Books
Publisher: Just Us Books, Inc.
Parent Company: Just Us Books, Inc.
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Brendan Buckley’s Universe and Everything in It
by Sundee T. Frazier

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 208 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780440422068
Imprint: Yearling
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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