Dewey Decibel Podcast: 50 Years of the CSK Book Awards

Recorded live at ALA's 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C.

July 29, 2019

The Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Awards, which honor African-American authors and illustrators of books for children and young adults, celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. To commemorate the occasion, Dewey Decibel invited five past winners and honorees to discuss the awards at a panel discussion at the American Library Association’s 2019 Annual Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. in June.

Episode 40 revisits that panel, joining American Libraries Senior Editor and Dewey Decibel host Phil Morehart as he talks with authors Jacqueline Woodson (Brown Girl Dreaming), Jason Reynolds (As Brave As You), and Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give); author and illustrator Christopher Myers (Firebird); and illustrator Ekua Holmes (The Stuff of Stars) about the history and importance of the awards.

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Illustration by Ekua Holmes, winner of the 2018 Coretta Scott King (CSK) Book Award for Out of Wonder: Poems Celebrating Poets.Reproduced by permission of the publisher, Candlewick Press, Somerville, Massachusetts

50 Years of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards

A conversation with nine winners and committee members who have been part of the influential children’s book awards