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 1995


Secondary Level Winner

Till Victory Is Won: Black Soldiers in the Civil War (Young Reader’s Hist- Civil War)
by Zak Mettger

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    List Price: $16.99
    Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780525674122
    Imprint: Dutton Juvenile
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Book Description: 
    Complemented by archival photographs, paintings, maps, and letter and diary excerpts, this informative historical study chronicles the contributions of black soldiers who fought for the Union during the Civil War.

    Outstanding Merit

    Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States
    by Roger Echo-Hawk and Walter R. Echo-Hawk

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      List Price: $22.60
      Format: Hardcover, 80 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780822526636
      Imprint: Lerner Publishing Group
      Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
      Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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      Book Description: 
      Describes the efforts of Native Americans to rebury ancestral human remains and grave offerings held by museums and historical societies, with particular emphasis on the Pawnees and their struggle to reclaim their dead.

      Outstanding Merit

      Harriet
      by Norma Johnston

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        List Price: $30.99
        Format: Hardcover, 242 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Young Adult
        ISBN13: 9780027477146
        Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
        Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
        Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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        Book Description: 
        A narrative portrait of the life and writings of Harriet Beecher Stowe examines the nineteenth-century era that spawned her work and the dramatic influence of her controversial work, Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

        Outstanding Merit

        Dear Benjamin Banneker
        by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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          List Price: $16.00
          Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Picture Book
          ISBN13: 9780152004170
          Imprint: Gulliver Books
          Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
          Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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          Book Description: 
          Throughout his life Banneker was troubled that all blacks were not free. And so, in 1791, he wrote to Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson, who had signed the Declaration of Independence. Banneker attacked the institution of slavery and dared to call Jefferson a hypocrite for owning slaves. Jefferson responded. This is the story of Benjamin Banneker—his science, his politics, his morals, and his extraordinary correspondence with Thomas Jefferson.

          Outstanding Merit

          Master of Mahogany: Tom Day, Free Black Cabinetmaker (African-American Artists and Artisans)
          by Mary E. Lyons

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            List Price: $15.95
            Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Picture Book
            ISBN13: 9780684196756
            Imprint: Atheneum
            Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
            Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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            Book Description: 
            Examines the life and work of master cabinetmaker Tom Day, a free, literate African-American craftsman whose distinctive furniture was much prized in antebellum North Carolina.

            Elementary Award

            What I Had Was Singing: The Story of Marian Anderson (Trailblazer Biographies)
            by Jeri Ferris

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              List Price: $8.95
              Format: Paperback, 96 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780876146347
              Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
              Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
              Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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