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.


4 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1988


Outstanding Merit

You May Plow Here - the Narrative of Sara Brooks
by Sara Brooks

Publication Date: Feb 12, 1986
List Price: $12.95
Format: Hardcover, 222 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780393022575
Imprint: W. W. Norton & Company
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.
Parent Company: W. W. Norton & Company, Inc.

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Book Description: 
A wonderful book •funny, sad, packed with action and information about life in black Alabama in the decades before World War II… . A welcome addition to the growing of books by and about black women. •Dorothy Sterling, author of We Are Your Sisters: Black Women in the Nineteenth Century The daughter of a freeholder, Sara Brooks was born in 1911 on her parents’ subsistence farm in west Alabama. Here in her own words, she makes us understand what it felt like to be young, black, innocent, and steeped in the ways of a black rural world that has largely been lost to us.

Outstanding Merit



Into a strange land: Unaccompanied refugee youth in America


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Into a strange land: Unaccompanied refugee youth in America
by Brent K. Ashabranner

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    Publication Date: Jan 01, 1987
    List Price: Unavailable
    Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780396088417
    Imprint: Dodd, Mead and Company
    Publisher: Dodd, Mead and Company
    Parent Company: Dodd, Mead and Company

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    Book Description: 
    Presents individual stories of young Southeast Asian refugees and discusses some of their problems, hopes, and successes.

    Outstanding Merit



    American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts (Impact Books Series)


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    American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts (Impact Books Series)
    by Judith Harlan

      Publication Date: Apr 01, 1987
      List Price: $12.90
      Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780531103258
      Imprint: Franklin Watts
      Publisher: Hachette Book Group
      Parent Company: Hachette Livre

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      Book Description: 
      Discusses the economic, legal, health, and civil rights problems presently facing Native Americans and presents a brief history of legal and territorial conflicts between Native Americans and the United States government.

      Award Winner

      Black music in America: A history through its people
      by James Haskins

        Publication Date: Jan 01, 1987
        List Price: $16.00
        Format: Hardcover, 198 pages
        Classification: Fiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780690044607
        Imprint: Thomas Y. Crowell Co.
        Publisher: HarperCollins
        Parent Company: News Corporation

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        Book Description: 
        Surveys the history of black music in America, from early slave songs through jazz and the blues to soul, classical music, and current trends.