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


Secondary Level Winner

The March on Washington
by James Haskins

Publication Date:
List Price: $15.00
Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
Classification: Children’s
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)

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: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9780394828732
    Imprint: Alfred A. Knopf
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann and Pearson PLC
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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.

    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: Children’s
      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

      The Great Migration: An American Story
      by Jacob Lawrence

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      List Price: $19.30
      Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
      Classification: Children’s
      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

      Celebrating Kwanzaa
      by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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        List Price: $17.95
        Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
        Classification: Children’s
        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.

        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: Children’s
          ISBN13: 9780684195346
          Imprint: Atheneum
          Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
          Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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          Read a Description of Starting Home: The Story of Horace Pippin, Painter (African-American Artists and Artisans)


          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.



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