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:

I Have a Dream StoryWalk
Delaware County Libraries' StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park

Now-February 15 during normal park hours
Visit StoryWalk at Rose Tree Park to read the 2013 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award winner I Have a Dream (words by Dr. Martin Luther King) illustrations by Kadir Nelson. 

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

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 5:00pm.

CSK: 50 Book Display
Glenolden Library | Media-Upper Providence Free LibraryRachel Kohl Community Library | Tinicum Memorial Public Library | Folcroft Public Library
Now through February

Book displays featuring past Coretta Scott King Award winners.

Coretta Scott King –50 Years
The Helen Kate Furness Free Library
February 2 from 1:00pm-2:00pm
Join in celebrating 3 Coretta Scott King award winners including Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, Tar Beach, & Before She Was Harriet. Art, reader’s theater, and a game are some of the ways we explore these culturally rich books. For K – 5th graders. Call Ms. Lori to register 610-566-9331 (ext. 4)

Teen Book Club
J. Lewis Crozer Library
February 9 from 1:00pm-2:00pm

Teen Book Club will feature a discussion on CSK Award Winner Long Way Down by Jason Reynolds.

Drop in Craft
Haverford Township Free Library
February 11 from 10:00am-2:00pm​
Drop in with your grown-up and see what project we have to create this month.  Feel free to let your imagination run wild with the materials on hand too! This month we are excited to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards with a craft inspired by the 2009 CSK Honor book, The Moon Over Stars.

Harriet Tubman Progress Rail Craft
Tinicum Memorial Public Library
February 21 at 3:30pm​

All children are invited to come make their own personal progress rail to replicate Harriet Tubman’s life experiences and the underground railroad.

Ballet Storytime featuring Misty Copeland's Firebird
Newtown Public Library
March 6 from 1:00pm-2:00pm

For ages 4+. "Pliés" join us to listen to the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Firebird by ballerina Misty Copeland. Stay for a mini dance class with Angela Bates of the Angela Bates Dance Academy! Click here to register.




View Library Classes & Events

Sun Feb 17

Sun Feb 17

1:00 pm
Lansdowne Public Library
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1:30 pm
Celebrate America's cutest rescue team with a story, hands-on activities, and a "Puppy Chow" snack...
2:00 pm
Haverford Township Free Library
Join movie critic Bill Wine – one week before the Academy Awards telecast – for a celebration of...
Mon Feb 18

Mon Feb 18

(All day)
Drop off your poems to any Delaware County Library now until March 11th.  Click here to see the...