CSKBART 55th Anniversary

2024 marks the 55th Anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Round Table. If you plan on attending the 2024 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Diego, please join us as we celebrate 55 years.

2024 marks the 55th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards Roundtable. During the past 55 years, these awards celebrate the talent, creativity, and hard work of many authors and illustrators that showcase the black youth experience. Updates and announcements regarding the 55th Anniversary will be shared on this website and posted in ALA Connect.

Use the hashtag #CSKBART55 on social media, share your favorite moments from past Coretta Scott King Book Awards breakfasts or titles that you cherish. Let us know what this award means to you as a library worker, educator, reader, writer, or artist. If you plan on attending the American Library Association’s Annual 2024 Conference in San Diego, please join us as we celebrate 55 years.

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Coretta Scott King Book Awards Roundtable 55th Anniversary Events

CSKBART 55th Anniversary Celebration

Ticket Required - FREE
Please register for the event by adding the ticket to your current registration or adding it when you register for ALA Conference.

Bus service will be provided.

A special event will be held to commemorate the power of African American children's literature, as expressed through the enduring legacy of Coretta Scott King Book Awards program, its winning authors and illustrators, and the books they've created. The program will feature a host of special guests in the field of children's and young adult literature.

Friday, June 28, 2024
7:00 - 8:30 PM

University of San Diego
University Auditorium
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110

CSKBART 55th Anniversary Reception

Friday, June 28, 2024
Immediately following the Celebration

University of San Diego
The Garden of the Sea (next to the University Auditorium)

Virginia Hamilton for Lifetime Achievement Award Reception

Saturday, June 29, 2024
6:00 - 7:30pm

Manchester Grand Hyatt Harbor Ballroom D E F

Coretta Scott King Book Awards Breakfast

Sunday, June 30, 2024
7:00 - 9:30 AM

Marriott Marquis Grand Ballroom Sections 08-13


The Coretta Scott King Book Awards will be celebrated all year, from January 1, 2024, to December 31, 2024. We encourage library workers and educators around the world to celebrate all year long. We have provided sample Public Service Announcements and Press Release template that can be adapted for any use. Please let our team know if your event/program was in the news, we'd love to share!

As this is a special anniversary for the Coretta Scott King Book Awards community, a special commitee has been created to spearhead the celebrations. Please find the names of the committee members who have worked tirelessly to bring the 50th anniversary of the Coretta Scott King Book Awards celebrations.

CSKBART Executive Committee

Dr. Janice Newsum, Chair

Jason Driver, Chair Elect

Dr. Brenda Pruitt-Annisette, Immediate Past Chair

Dr. Susan Smith, Treasurer

Dr. Miriam Thomas, Recording Secretary

Kimberly Paton, Corresponding Secretary

CSKBART 55th Anniversary Planning Committee

Gladys Smiley Bell, Chair

Maegan Rose

Dr. Corinthia Price

Satia Orange

Brenda Pruitt-Annisette


For any questions or comments related to the 55th Anniversary, please contact the team at diversity@ala.org.

The Coretta Scott King Book Awards winner, honor, and John Steptoe Award for New Talent seals are property of the American Library Association and cannot be used in any form or reproduced without permission of the ALA Office of Rights and Permissions.