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 2018


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Piecing Me Together
by Renée Watson

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781681191058
Imprint: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Parent Company: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Long Way Down
by Jason Reynolds

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List Price: $17.99
Format: Hardcover, 240 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9781481438254
Imprint: Atheneum/Caitlyn Dlouhy Books
Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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The Hate U Give
by Angie Thomas

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 464 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780062498533
Imprint: Balzer + Bray
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets
by Kwame Alexander, Illustrated by Ekua Holmes

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
Classification: Poetry
Target Age Group: Early Reader
ISBN13: 9780763680947
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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Before She was Harriet
by Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrated by James Ransome

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List Price: $17.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780823420476
Imprint: Holiday House
Publisher: Holiday House
Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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The Stars Beneath Our Feet
by David Barclay Moore

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List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 304 pages
Classification: Fiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9781524701246
Imprint: Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publisher: Penguin Random House
Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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Mama Africa!: How Miriam Makeba Spread Hope with Her Song
by Kathryn Erskine, Illustrated by Charly Palmer

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List Price: $18.99
Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Picture Book
ISBN13: 9780374303013
Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers
Publisher: Macmillan
Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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