In honor of Black History Month, our February children's literature exhibit will feature CSK Award winning and honor books spanning the last two decades. The exhibit will also feature hallmark studies on children's books by, for, and about African-Americans. The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Award was established in 1969 to address the lack of representation of African-American authors and illustrators previously absent from Newbery and Caldecott award recognition for children's literature. The mission of the CSK Award is to recognize the artistic and narrative achievement and contributions of African-American children's authors and illustrators.
For more than forty years, books by African American writers and artists have been honored by receiving the Coretta Scott King Book Award. The multidimensional characteristics of the authors’ and illustrators’ works reflect the African American experience from both the historical and contemporary perspectives. Opportunities to celebrate the rich and powerful experiences depicted in these books lie in the hands of the adults in children’s and young adults’ lives.To explore more children's and young adult books to honor Black History Month, please view this resource page from the American Library Association.