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.


4 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1996


Secondary Level Winner

A Fence Away From Freedom
by Ellen S. Levine

    Publication Date: Oct 17, 1995
    List Price: $18.99
    Format: Hardcover, 260 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Middle Grade
    ISBN13: 9780399226380
    Imprint: Putnam Juvenile
    Publisher: Penguin Random House
    Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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    Book Description: 
    A series of interviews with Japanese Americans, who were placed in internment camps during World War II merely because they had Japanese ancestry, reveals how they lost businesses, homes, and personal possessions.

    Outstanding Merit

    Red-Tail Angels: The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War Ii
    by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack

      Publication Date: Jan 01, 1996
      List Price: $21.95
      Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780802782922
      Imprint: Walker Childrens
      Publisher: Walker and Co
      Parent Company: Walker and Co
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      Book Description: 
      A history of African American pilots with a focus on World War II.

      Outstanding Merit

      Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl
      by Tricia Brown

        Publication Date: Apr 01, 1995
        List Price: $15.95
        Format: Hardcover
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Early Reader
        ISBN13: 9780805023534
        Imprint: Henry Holt & Company (BYR)
        Publisher: Macmillan Publishers
        Parent Company: Holtzbrinck Publishing Group
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        Book Description: 
        Presents the activities of Lauren Kamiya and her family as they prepare for and participate in the Cherry Blossom Festival in San Francisco, an event that combines elements of both Japanese and American cultures. By the author of Chinese New Year.

        Elementary Award

        Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave (We Are Still Here)
        by Monty Roessel

          Publication Date: Sep 01, 1995
          List Price: $8.95
          Format: Paperback, 48 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Picture Book
          ISBN13: 9780822597124
          Imprint: Lerner Publishing Group
          Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
          Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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          Book Description: 
          In this unique series, Native American authors examine their cultural traditions, from Navajo rug weaving in the Southwest to wild rice gathering in northern Minnesota. Each book describes these customs as they are seen through the eyes of the participants and discusses how Native American people maintain their cultural identities in contemporary society.