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 1992


Secondary Level Winner

Native American Doctor: The Story of Susan Laflesche Picotte (Trailblazer Biographies)
by Jeri Ferris

Publication Date: Jul 01, 1991
List Price: $31.93
Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
ISBN13: 9780876144435
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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Book Description: 
A biography of the young Omaha Indian woman who became the first Native American woman to graduate from medical school.

Outstanding Merit

Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom
by Walter Dean Myers

Publication Date: Jan 01, 1991
List Price: $14.99
Format: Paperback, 320 pages
Classification: Nonfiction
Target Age Group: Young Adult
ISBN13: 9780064461207
Imprint: Amistad
Publisher: HarperCollins
Parent Company: News Corporation
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Book Description: 
History has made me an African American. It is an Africa that I have come from, and an America that I have helped to create.Since they were first brought as captives to Virginia, the people who would become African Americans have struggled for freedom. Thousands fought for the rights of all Americans during the Revolutionary War, and for their own rights during the Civil War. On the battlefield, through education, and through their creative genius, they have worked toward one goal: that the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness be denied no one.Fired by the legacy of men and women like Abd al Rahman Ibrahima, Ida B. Wells, and George Latimer, the struggle continues today. Here is African-American history, told through the stories of the people whose experiences have shaped and continue to shape the America in which we live.

Outstanding Merit

Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions
by James Haskins

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    Publication Date: Apr 01, 1991
    List Price: Unavailable
    Format: Hardcover, 101 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780802769930
    Imprint: Walker and Company
    Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
    Parent Company: Bloomsbury Publishing
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    Book Description: 
    Discusses black inventors and their contributions, including Benjamin Bradley, Madam Walker, and George Washington Carver.

    Outstanding Merit

    Pueblo Storyteller
    by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

      Publication Date: Mar 01, 1991
      List Price: $17.95
      Format: Hardcover, 26 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9780823408641
      Imprint: Holiday House
      Publisher: Holiday House
      Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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      Book Description: 
      A young Cochiti Indian girl living with her grandparents in the Cochiti Pueblo near Santa Fe, New Mexico, describes her home and family and the day-to-day life and customs of her people.

      Outstanding Merit

      Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans Series)
      by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

        Publication Date: Sep 01, 1991
        List Price: $14.95
        Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Picture Book
        ISBN13: 9780894903090
        Imprint: Enslow Publishing
        Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
        Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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        Book Description: 
        Simple text and illustrations describe the life and accomplishments of the man who first pioneered the study of black history.

        Elementary Award

        The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’Iulani of Hawai’I
        by Fay Stanley

          Publication Date: Apr 01, 1991
          List Price: $18.00
          Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
          Classification: Fiction
          Target Age Group: Picture Book
          ISBN13: 9780027867855
          Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
          Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
          Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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          Book Description: 
          The moving story of a young woman who showed great bravery in a time of heartbreaking change, The Last Princess is illustrated with exquisitely detailed paintings by Diane Stanley and includes a note on the Hawaiian language, a map, and a bibliography. Illustrations in full color.