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.


5 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1989


Elementary Award

Walking the Road to Freedom: A Story about Sojourner Truth (Creative Minds Biography)
by Jeri Ferris

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    List Price: $21.27
    Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Early Reader
    ISBN13: 9780876143186
    Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
    Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
    Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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    Book Description: 
    Traces the life of the Black woman orator who spoke out against slavery throughout New England and the Midwest.

    Outstanding Merit

    Buffalo Hunt
    by Russell Freedman

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      List Price: $24.95
      Format: Hardcover, 52 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Early Reader
      ISBN13: 9780823407026
      Imprint: Holiday House
      Publisher: Holiday House
      Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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      Book Description: 
      More than 30 paintings and drawings by artist-adventurers who traveled West in the 1800s illustrate Freedman’s vivid account of the Great Plains Indians’ buffalo hunts.

      Outstanding Merit



      Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics


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      Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics
      by Judith Harlan

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        List Price: $20.50
        Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
        Classification: Fiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780531105863
        Imprint: Franklin Watts
        Publisher: Hachette Book Group
        Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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        Book Description: 
        Examines the increasingly important impact the nation’s fastest growing minority is making on American politics. Discusses the positions and concerns of Cubans, Mexican Americans, and Puerto Ricans and profiles prominent Hispanic leaders.

        Outstanding Merit

        Pride Against Prejudice: The Biography of Larry Doby (Contributions in Afro-American and African Studies)
        by Joseph Moore

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          List Price: $84.00
          Format: Hardcover, 206 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Young Adult
          ISBN13: 9780313259951
          Imprint: Praeger Publishers
          Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
          Parent Company: ABC-CLIO, LLC
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          Book Description: 
          Aware of Mr. Doby’s neglect by biographers, Mr. Moore, who has been a fan of his subject ever since he heard the Doby legend, seeks to give him recognition. . . . Mr. Moore effectively uses records, interviews, and a clear narrative style to make his points (what is more persuasive in sports than an athlete’s record! what is more animated than public statements and their refutations!), and gives voice to some of Mr. Doby’s severest critics . Pride Against Prejudice is a tribute to both its author and Larry Doby New York Times Book Review This is an excellent biography of Larry Doby, the first black player in the American League and one of the first black managers in the major leagues. . . . Moore has done a superb job of researching Doby’s life and writing about it. The book is highly recommended. The Sporting NewsAs the second black major league baseball player, following Jackie Robinson, Larry Doby has never received the acclaim accorded to Robinson; yet his experiences of segregation and racial invective, and his courage and ability to excel in the face of almost overwhelming circumstances, were equivalent. This fascinating biography brings to light many interesting and little-known facts concerning Doby’s life and baseball career, and his contribution as a civil rights pioneer in the American League. His story is perceived as the story of the many black men who followed him into major league baseball, and who shared importantly in pioneering the integration of the sport.

          Secondary Level Winner

          Marian Anderson
          by Charles Patterson

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            List Price: $11.95
            Format: Paperback, 164 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Young Adult
            ISBN13: 9780595094936
            Imprint: iUniverse
            Publisher: Author Solutions
            Parent Company: Najafi Companies
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            Book Description: 
            The biography of the great African-American concert singer Marian Anderson traces the story of the life of the artist in south Philadelphia, her breatkthrough and acclaimed career in Europe in the 1930s, and her eventual success at home in the United States.