Coretta Scott King Book Awards

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards are designed to commemorate the life and works of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and honor Mrs. Coretta Scott King for her courage and determination to continue the work for peace.

Outstanding books for young adults and children by African American authors and illustrators are awarded annually.

2019 marks the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards, which means that we have a lot of celebrating to do!

Delaware County Libraries’ Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Committee is celebrating CSK: 50 Years Strong with the American Library Association by highlighting 50 events throughout the year at various Delaware County Libraries. Please join us!

Events in Delaware County Libraries:

Lights on After School
Yeadon Public Library
October 24 at 5:30 pm

Yeadon Public Library's After School Program will be participating in the annual Lights On Afterschool, a nationwide celebration of afterschool programs. We will be one of more than 8,000 sites across the nation sending the message that afterschool programs are key to children’s success and that we must keep the lights on and doors open after school. This event will also include the kickoff of YPL's Youth Read A Thon.  

Dance Me a Story
Middletown Free Library
November 16 at 1:00 pm

Kids will get a chance to be part of the performance, which will be based on the 2015 CSK  Illustrator Award-winning book, Firebird by Misty Copeland.  Registration is required and will open 2 weeks before the event.  For ages 2-5 years old.

Wee Read 
Lansdowne Public Library
November 21 at 10:30 am

Join the Lansdowne Public Library for a special Wee Read as we celebrate 50 years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards featuring Thank You, Omu! by Oge Mora and other CSK Book Award recipients. Storytimes aren't just entertaining, they're educational and help your child develop a love of reading and provide early learning skills that will help your child succeed in school and in life. This program is for preschool children ages 3 and up. 

1,000 Black Girl Books Challenge​
Yeadon Public Library
Mondays at 5:00 pm

Join the Yeadon Public Library in reaching 1,000 Black Girl books read by submitting what you’ve read using their official log.  Visit their 1,000 BGB Book Club every Monday afternoon at 5:00 pm.

Coretta Scott King Book Display
Radnor Memorial Library
November 8 through December 1

Visit Radnor library to get a glimpse of CSK award winners on display and vote for your favorite. Several copies of the top voted books will be donated to a local charity.

StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park
Now through November
Visit the StoryWalk to enjoy nature and read Goin’ Someplace Special by Patricia P. McKissack, illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

CSK: 50 Crossword Puzzle
Created by the Radnor Memorial Library


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