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 2016


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Gone Crazy in Alabama
by Rita Williams-Garcia

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780062215871
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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All American Boys
by Jason Reynolds and Brendan Kiely

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781481463331
Imprint: Atheneum
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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The Boy in the Black Suit
by Jason Reynolds

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781442459502
Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Shabazz, Illustrated by Kekla Magoon

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780763669676
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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Trombone Shorty
by Troy Andrews, Illustrated by Bryan Collier

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List Price: $17.95
Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9781419714658
Imprint: Abrams Books
Publisher: Abrams
Parent Company: La Martinière Groupe
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The Book Itch: Freedom, Truth, and Harlem’s Greatest Bookstore
by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780761339434
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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Hoodoo
by Ronald L. Smith

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780544445253
Imprint: Clarion Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: The Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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List Price: Unavailable
Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Early Reader
ISBN13: 9780763665319
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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