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.

Carter Woodson Award Seal Carter G. Woodson Seal

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.


2 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1985


Award Winner

To Live in Two Worlds: American Indian Youth Today
by Brent K. Ashabranner

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $13.95
    Format: Hardcover, 149 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780396083214
    Imprint: Dodd, Mead and Company
    Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company
    Parent Company: Dodd, Mead and Company
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    Book Description: 
    Discusses the efforts of North American Indians to survive in and adjust to modern society while holding onto their ethnic heritage.

    Outstanding Merit

    Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir (Women of Our Time)
    by David A. Adler

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $11.95
      Format: Hardcover, 52 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780670531073
      Imprint: Viking Juvenile
      Publisher: Penguin Random House
      Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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      Book Description: 
      A biography of the Israeli prime minister and world leader, emphasizing her early childhood and youth in Russia and America.