The CSK Award recognizes an African American illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults.

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Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream for Me
Daniel Beaty

E BEATY

A boy wakes up one morning to find his father gone. At first, he feels lost. But his father has left him a letter filled with advice to guide him through the times he cannot be there.


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Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum
Ashley Bryan

TALES J NIGERIA BRY

Five traditional Nigerian tales include “Hen and Frog,” “Why Bush Cow and Elephant are Bad Friends,” “The Husband Who Counted the Spoonfuls,” “Why Frog and Snake Never Play Together,” and “How Animals Got Their Tails.”


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Beautiful Blackbird
Ashley Bryan

TALES JNF ZAMBIA BRY

In a story of the Ila people, the colorful birds of Africa ask Blackbird, whom they think is the most beautiful of birds, to decorate them with some of his “blackening brew.”


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Let it Shine: Three Favorite Spirituals
Ashley Bryan

MUSIC SONGS JNF LET

Illustrated versions of three well-known hymns: This little light of mine—When the saints go marching in—He’s got the whole world in His hands.


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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave
Laban Carrick Hill

ART JNF HILL

To us it is just dirt,the ground we walk on…But to Dave it was clay,the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago.Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill’s elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier’s resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave’s story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty.


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I, Too, Am America
Langston Hughes

POETRY JNF HUG

Presents the popular poem by one of the central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, highlighting the courage and dignity of the African American Pullman porters in the early twentieth century.


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Rosa
Nikki Giovanni

BIOGRAPHY JNF PARKS

This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovannis evocative text combines with Bryan Colliers striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.


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The Blacker the Berry
Joyce Carol Thomas

POETRY JNF THO

A collection of poems, including “Golden Goodness,” “Cranberry Red,” and “Biscuit Brown,” celebrating individuality and Afro-American identity.


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Ellington Was Not a Street
Ntozake Shange,Kadir Nelson

POETRY JNF SHA

Poems that recall the author’s
childhood home and the visionaries who gathered there.


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Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom (Caldecott Honor Book)
Carole Boston Weatherford

HIST JE WEATHERFORD

Describes Tubman’s spiritual
journey as she hears the voice of God guiding her north to freedom on that very first trip to escape the brutal practice of forced servitude.


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Goin' Someplace Special
Patricia C. McKissack

HIST JE MCKISSACK

In segregated 1950s Nashville, a young African American girl braves a series of indignities and obstacles to get to one of the few integrated places in town: the public library.


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Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman
Alan Schroeder

BIOGRAPHY JNF TUBMAN

Young Harriet Tubman, whose
childhood name was Minty, dreams of escaping slavery on the Brodas plantation in the late 1820s.


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The Patchwork Quilt
Valerie Flournoy

E FLOURNOY

Using scraps cut from the family’s old clothing, Tanya helps her grandmother and mother make a beautiful quilt that tells the story of her family’s life.


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Tar Beach
Faith Ringgold

OVERSIZE E RINGGOLD

A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family.


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My People
Langston Hughes

POETRY JNF HUG

Poems interpreted in vivid sepia photographs that capture the glory, the beauty, and the soul of being a black American today.


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Mufaros Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale
John Steptoe

E STEPTOE or TALES JNF AFRICA STE

Mufaro’s two beautiful daughters, one bad-tempered, one kind and sweet, go before the king, who is choosing a wife.


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