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.


6 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1991


Secondary Level Winner

Sorrow’s Kitchen: The Life and Folklore of Zora Neale Hurston
by Mary E. Lyons

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $15.00
    Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780684191980
    Imprint: Atheneum
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    Describes the life and work of the prolific black author who wrote stories, plays, essays, and articles, recorded black folklore, and was involved in the Harlem Renaissance.

    Outstanding Merit

    Breaking the Chains
    by David Katz

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $16.00
      Format: Hardcover, 194 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780689314933
      Imprint: Atheneum
      Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
      Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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      Book Description: 
      A new perspective on an importnt era of American history is presented in this enlightening book which focuses on the heroism of slaves prior to and during the Civil War. 65 prints and black-and-white photographs illustrate an informative book that forcefully shows the slaves’ striving toward freedom.

      Outstanding Merit

      W.E.B. Dubois (Impact Biographies Series)
      by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

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        List Price: $23.60
        Format: Hardcover, 143 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780531109397
        Imprint: Franklin Watts
        Publisher: Hachette Book Group
        Parent Company: Hachette Livre
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        Book Description: 
        Examines the upbringing, education, writings, and political activities of one of the founders of the NAACP.

        Outstanding Merit

        Hector lives in the United States now: The story of a Mexican-American child
        by Joan Hewett

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $13.95
          Format: Hardcover, 44 pages
          Classification: Fiction
          Target Age Group: Picture Book
          ISBN13: 9780397322954
          Imprint: J. B. Lippincott
          Publisher: HarperCollins
          Parent Company: News Corporation
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          Book Description: 
          Text and photographs document the day-to-day happenings and milestones in the life of a young Mexican boy whose family seeks amnesty in the United States under the Immigration Reform and Control Act.

          Outstanding Merit

          Teammates
          by Peter Golenbock

            Publication Date:
            List Price: $6.99
            Format: Paperback, 32 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Picture Book
            ISBN13: 9780152842864
            Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
            Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
            Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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            Book Description: 
            This is the moving story of how Jackie Robinson became the first black player on a Major League baseball team when he joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1940s, and how on a fateful day in Cincinnati, Pee Wee Reese took a stand and declared Jackie his teammate. Illustrated with a blend of historic photographs and eloquent watercolors by Paul Bacon.

            Elementary Award

            Shirley Chisholm: Teacher and Congresswoman (Contemporary Women Series)
            by Catherine Scheader

              Publication Date:
              List Price: $17.95
              Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780894902857
              Imprint: Enslow Publishing
              Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
              Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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              Book Description: 
              A biography of the first black woman to run for president of the United States.


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