Carter G. Woodson Award Winning Books


As of 2001 awards and honors are given in the following categories, Elementary (K-6), Middle (5-8), and Secondary (7-12) grade level books.

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The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) established the Carter G. Woodson Book Awards for the most distinguished books appropriate for young readers that depict ethnicity in the United States. First presented in 1974, this award is intended to “encourage the writing, publishing, and dissemination of outstanding social studies books for young readers that treat topics related to ethnic minorities and race relations sensitively and accurately.” Books relating to ethnic minorities and the authors of such books rarely receive the recognition they merit from professional organizations. By sponsoring the Carter G. Woodson Awards, NCSS gives wide recognition to and encourages these authors and publishers. Here is a printable list of all the award winning books. Learn more at NCSS’s website.

Also check out our list of Top 100+ Recommended African-American Children’s Books, some are also CSK Award winning titles.


One Award Winning Book for 1975

Award Winner

Make a Joyful Noise Unto the Lord! the Life of Mahalia Jackson, Queen of Gospel Singers (Women of America)
by Jesse Jackson

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    List Price: $12.95
    Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Young Adult
    ISBN13: 9780690433449
    Imprint: Harper & Row
    Publisher: HarperCollins
    Parent Company: News Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    A biography of the famous black gospel singer who hoped, through her art, to break down some of the barriers between black and white people.