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 1994


Elementary Award

Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter (African-American Artists and Artisans)
by Mary E. Lyons

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $15.95
    Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
    Classification: Fiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780684195346
    Imprint: Atheneum
    Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
    Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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    Book Description: 
    A portrait of the life and work of this African-American painter examines the self-taught folk artist’s life, from his childhood, to his struggle to teach himself to paint, to his current acclaim as one of America’s foremost artists.

    Outstanding Merit

    Celebrating Kwanzaa
    by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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      List Price: $17.95
      Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9780823410484
      Imprint: Holiday House
      Publisher: Holiday House
      Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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      Book Description: 
      Text and photographs depict how a Chicago family celebrates the African American holiday, Kwanzaa.

      Outstanding Merit

      The Great Migration: An American Story
      by Jacob Lawrence

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      List Price: $19.30
      Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9780780753488
      Imprint: Perfection Learning
      Publisher: Perfection Learning
      Parent Company: Perfection Learning
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      Book Description: 
      Around the time of WWI, large numbers of African Americans began leaving their homes in the rural South in search of employment in the industrial cities of the North. In 1940, Lawrence chronicled their journey of hope in a flowing narrative sequence of paintings.This stirring picture book brings together the sixty panels of Lawrence’s epic narrative Migration series, which he created in 1940-1941. They tell of the journey of African-Americans who left their homes in the South around World War I and traveled in search of better lives in the northern industrial cities. Lawrence is a storyteller with words as well as pictures: his captions and introduction to this book are the best commentary on his work. A poem at the end by Walter Dean Myers also reveals [as do the paintings] the universal in the particulars. —BL. Notable Children’s Books of 1994 (ALA) 1993 Books for Youth Editors’ Choices (BL) 1994 Teachers’ Choices (IRA) Notable 1994 Childrens’ Trade Books in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC) 1994 Carter G. Woodson Outstanding Merit Book (NCSS) 1994 Books for the Teen Age (NY Public Library)

      Outstanding Merit

      Sequoyah’s Gift: A Portrait of the Cherokee Leader
      by Janet Klausner

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        List Price: $16.89
        Format: Hardcover, 111 pages
        Classification: Fiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780060212360
        Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
        Publisher: HarperCollins
        Parent Company: News Corporation
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        Book Description: 
        Chronicles the life of the extraordinary nineteenth-century Cherokee leader who, recognizing the need for written record of Cherokee culture, created a system of writing for the Cherokee language.

        Outstanding Merit

        Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom (A Borzoi book)
        by Virginia Hamilton

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $18.00
          Format: Hardcover, 151 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Young Adult
          ISBN13: 9780394828732
          Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
          Publisher: Penguin Random House
          Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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          Book Description: 
          Illus. in black-and-white. In this companion volume to the award-winning The People Could Fly, Virginia Hamilton traces the history of slavery and the Underground Railroad in America. Thirty-five inspiring stories describe ingenious escapes, desperate measures, and daring protests of former slaves.

          Secondary Level Winner

          The March on Washington
          by James Haskins

            Publication Date:
            List Price: $15.00
            Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
            Classification: Fiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9780060212896
            Imprint: Harpercollins Childrens Books
            Publisher: HarperCollins
            Parent Company: News Corporation
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            Book Description: 
            Award-winning author James Haskins turns his attention to the historic March on Washington in this timely look at one of the pivotal events of the Civil Rights movement. Haskins skillfully traces the history of the movement and details the planning, progression, and outcome of that momentous march. (HarperCollins)