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 2011


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One Crazy Summer
by Rita Williams-Garcia

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 218 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780060760908
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Lockdown
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 272 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780061214820
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Ninth Ward
by Jewell Parker Rhodes

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List Price: $7.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780316043083
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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Yummy: The Last Days Of A Southside Shorty
by G. Neri

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List Price: $16.95
Format: Paperback, 96 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781584302674
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $18.00
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780316107310
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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Jimi: Sounds Like A Rainbow: A Story Of The Young Jimi Hendrix
by Gary Golio, Illustrated by Javaka Steptoe

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780618852796
Imprint: Clarion Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Seeds Of Change: Planting A Path To Peace
by Jen Johnson

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List Price: $18.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781600603679
Imprint: Lee & Low Books
Publisher: Lee & Low Books
Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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Zora and Me
by Victoria Bond and T.R. Simon

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 192 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780763658144
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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