1979

Author Award Winner

Escape to Freedom by Ossie Davis
Douglass overcame his beginnings as a slave to become the first black man to hold a diplomatic office. He was a great orator and also wrote several books. This play emphasizes his contributions.  Ages 9-12

Honor Books

Benjamin Banneker by Lillie Patterson Ages 9-12

I Have a Sister, My Sister is Deaf by Jeanne W. Peterson
I Have a Sister. My Sister is Deaf. she is special. There are not many sisters like mine.This sister says with her face and shoulders what many people cannot say with words. And what she does not understand in words, she reads in people's eyes. Ages 4-8

Justice and Her Brothers by Virginia Hamilton
The first book of a new trilogy from the National Book Award-winning author of "People Could Fly." Justice has identical twin brothers and, although they look exactly alike, Thomas is mean while Levi is kind. One summer, mysterious, extrasensory powers threaten to tear the entire family apart. Ages 9-12

Skates of Uncle Richard by Carol Fenner
With her Uncle's encouragement a nine-year-old takes the first step toward realizing her dream of becoming a figure skater. Ages 4-8

Illustrator Award Winner

Something on My Mind , ill. by Tom Feelings; text by Nikki Grimes
PW praised this collection of prose poems about children and their yearnings, saying "the artist and the lyricist couldn't reveal the thoughts of the boys and girls here more acutely if they were inside their subjects' skins." Ages 4-8

1978

Author Award Winner

Africa Dream by Eloise Greenfield; ill. by Carole Bayard
An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her.‘Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.’ Baby-Preschool

Honor Books

The Days When the Animals Talked: Black Folk Tales and How They Came to Be by William J. Faulkner Ages 9-12

Marvin and Tige by Frankcina Glass Ages 9-12

Mary McCleod Bethune by Eloise Greenfield
‘During the years following the Civil War in rural South Carolina where opportunities for blacks to go to school were nonexistent, Mary McLeod Bethune had to overcome many obstacles to pursue her dream of education for all children. Simply told, this biography of an outstanding black educator has excellent illustrations.' Ages 4-8

Barbara Jordan by James Haskins Ages 4-8

Coretta Scott King by Lillie Patterson Ages 4-8

Portia: The Life of Portia Washington Pittman, the Daughter of Booker T. Washington by Ruth Ann Stewart  Ages 9-12

Illustrator Award Winner

Africa Dream , ill. by Carole Bayard; text by Eloise Greenfield
An African-American child dreams of long-ago Africa, where she sees animals, shops in a marketplace, reads strange words from an old book, and returns to the village where her long-ago granddaddy welcomes her.‘Greenfield’s lyrical telling and Byard’s marvelous pictures make this book close to an ideal adventure for children, black or white.’ Baby-Preschool

1977

Author Award Winner

The Story of Stevie Wonder by James Haskins Ages 5-10

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

 1976

Author Award Winner

Duey's Tale by Pearl Bailey 59 pages, ages 4-8.

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

1975

Author Award Winner

The Legend of Africana by Dorothy Robinson 32 pages, ages 4-8.

Illustrator Award Winner

No award

 1974

Author Award Winner

Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis; ill. by George Ford 40 pages, ages 4-8.

Illustrator Award Winner

Ray Charles , ill. by George Ford; text by Sharon Bell Mathis 40 pages, ages 4-8. 

( Note: Prior to 1974, the CSK Award was given to authors only)

1973

Award Winner

I Never Had It Made: the Autobiography of Jackie Robinson , as told to Alfred Duckett
This book essentially enlarges upon matters Duckett had covered with Robinson in an earlier work, Breakthrough to the Big League (1965). Included are introductions by Hank Aaron and Cornel West that provide fresh perspectives on the significance of the legendary star's breaking of major league baseball's color barrier. With each retelling, it is clear that Robinson's story has become less a baseball story than a major cultural milestone in the nation's history. As George Will is quoted as saying, it was "one of the great achievements not only in the annals of sport, but of the human drama anywhere, anytime." Appropriate for both adult and young adult collections. Young Adult

 1972

Award Winner

17 Black Artists by Elton C. Fax Ages 9-12

 1971

Award Winner

Black Troubador: Langston Hughes by Charlemae Rollins  Ages 9-12

 1970

Award Winner

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Man of Peace by Lillie Patterson Ages 9-12