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 2009


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We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780786808328
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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Becoming Billie Holiday
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781590785072
Imprint: Wordsong
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Parent Company: Boyds Mills Press
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Keeping the Night Watch
by Hope Anita Smith

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 80 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780312659363
Imprint: Square Fish
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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The Blacker The Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780060253752
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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The Blacker The Berry
by Joyce Carol Thomas, Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780060253752
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Before John Was A Jazz Giant: A Song Of John Coltrane
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Sean Qualls

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780805079944
Imprint: Henry Holt & Company
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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The Moon Over Star
by Dianna Hutts Aston, Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780803731073
Imprint: Dial Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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We Are The Ship: The Story Of Negro League Baseball
by Kadir Nelson, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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List Price: $19.99
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780786808328
Imprint: Disney-Hyperion
Publisher: Disney Publishing Worldwide
Parent Company: The Walt Disney Company
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Bird
by Zetta Elliott, Illustrated by Shadra Strickland

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List Price: $19.95
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781600602412
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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