The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Donation Grant was created to help build collections and bring books into the lives of children in latchkey, preschool programs, faith-based reading projects, homeless shelters, charter schools and underfunded libraries. An enduring message of the Committee's Public Awareness Campaign is that books and reading can only add value to children's lives if books are present with opportunities to read. The Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee believes children lives must be saturated with books and reading opportunities. The Book Donation Grant addresses these objectives.

Though the grant is particularly interested in giving books to nontraditional institutions that provide both educational and custodial services to children and their families, under-funded libraries are welcome to apply.


Every year, in the process of choosing the Coretta Scott King Book Award winners and honor books, the Ethnic and Multicultural Information Exchange Round Table (EMIERT) of the American Library Association receives multiple copies of approximately 60-100 titles by African American authors and illustrators, including a full set of the year's winning and honor titles.

Libraries (either school or public) or other child-serving agencies could make use of these valuable materials. Therefore, the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee has devised the following process for donating these materials to an agency with demonstrated need.

Applicants must demonstrate:

  • Why the collection is needed in their community
  • Why the collection is needed in their institution
  • How acquiring the collection will help them better serve the children and youth of their community
  • That the materials will be made freely available to children and youth without censorship


Applications will be judged based on:

  • The degree of need in the community (15 points)
  • The demonstrated need of the institution applying for the materials (15 points)
  • The extent to which the materials will improve service to children and youth in the community (20 points)
  • The extent to which the materials will be used to promote positive self-image of African American children and youth and/or broaden the worldview of children and youth (20 points)
  • The clarity and effectiveness of the statement of need (10 points)
  • The clarity and effectiveness of the plan to make the materials available in their community, including the demonstrated ability of the applicant agency to implement their proposal (20 points)

A committee appointed by the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee Chair will review the applications and based on total number of points, determine the recipient or recipients of the materials.


  1. Any agency that serves children or youth can apply for this award. This includes, but is not limited to schools, libraries, social service agencies, prisons or detention centers, churches or other religious organizations, and institutions of higher education.
  2. Complete applications must be received in the ODLOS Office by January 31, 2016. Recipient(s) of the Book Donation will be announced by the end of March.
  3. The below online application must be submitted to ALA by the above deadline. NO PAPER COPIES ARE REQUIRED. 
  4. Shipping and handling charges are the responsibility of the institution selected to receive the materials. These costs typically range from $30-60, depending on the distance from ALA's Chicago headquarters. 
  5. Materials must be claimed within one month of notification of the donation or they will be donated to the second choice of the award committee.
  6. Recipients agree to accept all materials offered.
  7. A selected institution may receive materials no more than once every five years.


The application process for the 2016 CSK Book Donation Grant is now closed. Winners will be announced by mid-March. 

Book Donation Grant Recipients



  • Quinby Street Resource Center, Sharon, PA
  • Oklahoma County Juvenile Justice Center, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Ross Beatty Junior/Senior High School, Cassopolis, MI
  • Muncie P3 Program, Muncie, IN


  • Noble Elementary-Middle School, Detroit, MI
  • Minnesota Internship Center, Minneapolis, MN
  • Townson School, Rochester, NY


  • Abode Services, Fremont, CA
  • Hope House, Washington, DC
  • Tubman, Minneapolis, MN


  • Jefferson County Library, Fayette, MS
  • Talahi Elementary School, St. Cloud, MN
  • Tap-In Leadership Academy, Champaign, IL


  • Perris Library, CA
  • Prentiss Public Library, MS
  • Morton School of Excellence, Chicago, IL


  • Pontiac Public Library, Pontiac, MI
  • Pontiac Children's Service, Pontiac, MI
  • Luke O'Toole Elementary School, Chicago, IL


  • Alameda County Library, Fremont,CA
  • Craigsville Elementary School, Craigsville, WV
  • Foundation School of Montgomery County, Gaithersburg, MD


Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee announces 2009 Book Donation Grant Winners


Coretta Scott King Book Awards Committee announces 2008 Book Donation Grant Winners

  • Children Up (formerly the Friends of the United Youth Action for Progress), Gulu, Uganda (East Africa)
  • The PEAK Learning Center, Thornton, CO
  • The Paul Cuffee Charter School, Providence, RI



  • Reading Connection, Arlington, Va.
  • ReadBoston, Boston, Mass.


  • Huntsville-Madison County Public Library, Huntsville, Ala., Donna Schremser, Director
  • The Learning Club of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio, Deborah K. Apgar, Director


  • Reach (Reading Enriches All Children), Inc., Norfolk, Va., Sandra Cameron-Adams, Executive Director
  • American Educational Advising Center, Nairobi, Kenya, Dr. Mari E. Nelson, Director


  • Oakton Elementary School, Evanston, Ill., Melissa Da, School Library Media Specialist
  • McCormick Elementary School, Mullins, S.C., Susan Cotton, Media Specialist
  • Benton Harbor Public Library, Benton Harbor, Mich., Susan Kading, Children's Librarian