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 2014


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P.S. Be Eleven
by Rita Williams-Garcia

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List Price: $6.99
Format: Paperback, 304 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780061938641
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Darius & Twig
by Walter Dean Myers

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List Price: $9.99
Format: Paperback, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780061728259
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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March Book One
by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin, Illustrated by Nate Powell

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List Price: $14.95
Format: Paperback, 128 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781603093002
Imprint: Top Shelf Productions
Publisher: Top Shelf Productions
Parent Company: Top Shelf Productions
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Words With Wings
by Nikki Grimes

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781590789858
Imprint: Wordsong
Publisher: Boyds Mills Press
Parent Company: Boyds Mills Press
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Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream For Me
by Daniel Beaty

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780316209175
Imprint: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Hachette Book Group
Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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Nelson Mandela
by Kadir Nelson, Illustrated by Kadir Nelson

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780061783746
Imprint: Katherine Tegen Books
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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When The Beat Was Born: Dj Kool Herc And The Creation Of Hip Hop (Coretta Scott King - John Steptoe Award For New Talent)
by Laban Carrick Hill, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781596435407
Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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