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.


8 Award Winning and Honored Books for 1997


Elementary Award

Ramadan
by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $17.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780823412549
    Imprint: Holiday House
    Publisher: Holiday House
    Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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    Read a Description of Ramadan


    Book Description: 
    Every year, Muslims all over the world celebrate the coming of Ramadan, the holiest month of the Islamic calendar. It was during that month, 14 centuries ago, that Allah first began revealing the holy book of Islam, the Quran, to Muhammed. Ghazi’s clear and informative description of one boy’s celebration of Ramadan is skillfully brought to life by Omar Rayyan’s warm and joyful illustration.

    Honor Book

    The Life and Death of Crazy Horse
    by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull

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      List Price: $26.95
      Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Middle Grade
      ISBN13: 9780823412198
      Imprint: Holiday House
      Publisher: Holiday House
      Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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      Read a Description of The Life and Death of Crazy Horse


      Book Description: 
      A biography of the Oglala leader who relentlessly resisted the white man’s attempt to take over Indian lands.

      Honor Book

      Celebrating Hanukkah
      by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith

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        List Price: $17.95
        Format: Hardcover, 31 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Picture Book
        ISBN13: 9780823412525
        Imprint: Holiday House
        Publisher: Holiday House
        Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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        Read a Description of Celebrating Hanukkah


        Book Description: 
        Presents the history, traditions, and significance of Hanukkah as it is celebrated by a Jewish family in San Francisco.

        Honor Book

        Maya Angelou: More Than a Poet
        by Elaine Slivinski Lisandrelli

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          List Price: $20.95
          Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780894906848
          Imprint: Enslow Publishing
          Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
          Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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          Read a Description of Maya Angelou: More Than a Poet


          Book Description: 
          Portrays the life of this multi-faceted African-American poet, author, and educator.

          Honor Book

          The Tuskegee Airmen: Black Heroes of World War II
          by Jacqueline L. Harris

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          List Price: $22.00
          Format: Hardcover, 144 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780382392153
          Imprint: Dillon Press
          Publisher: Dillon Press
          Parent Company: Dillon Press
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          Read a Description of The Tuskegee Airmen: Black Heroes of World War II


          Book Description: 
          The story of the pioneering African American aviators who battled prejudice at home to become fighter pilots during World War II in the 99th fighter Squadron

          Honor Book

          The Japanese American Family Album (American Family Albums)
          by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler

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            List Price: $25.00
            Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9780195081312
            Imprint: Oxford University Press
            Publisher: Oxford University Press
            Parent Company: University of Oxford
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            Read a Description of The Japanese American Family Album (American Family Albums)


            Book Description: 
            Drawing on the experiences of generations of Japanese immigrants—revealed in diaries, letters, interviews, newspaper and magazine articles, and personal reflections—a book filled with photographs tells what it was like to leave a beloved homeland for a new life. UP.

            Honor Book

            The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary
            by George W. Chilcoat and Michael O. Tunnell

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              List Price: $19.95
              Format: Hardcover, 74 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780823412396
              Imprint: Holiday House
              Publisher: Holiday House
              Parent Company: Holiday House, Inc.
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              Read a Description of The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary


              Book Description: 
              The diary of a third-grade class of Japanese-American children being held with their families in an internment camp during World War II.

              Secondary Level Winner

              Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance
              by James Haskins, Eleanora E. Tate, Clinton Cox, and Brenda Wilkinson

                Publication Date:
                List Price: $18.00
                Format: Paperback, 128 pages
                Classification: Nonfiction
                Target Age Group: Middle Grade
                ISBN13: 9780471211525
                Imprint: Wiley
                Publisher: Wiley
                Parent Company: John Wiley & Sons, Inc.
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                Read a Description of Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance


                Book Description: 
                AFRICAN AMERICAN HISTORY COMES TO LIFE Discover why young people all over the country are reading the Black Stars biographies of African American heroes. Here is what you want to know about the lives of great black men and women during the fabulous Harlem Renaissance: louis “satchmo” armstrong eubie blake thomas andrew dorsey w. e. b. du bois duke ellington james reese europe jessie redmon fauset marcus garvey w. c. handy fletcher henderson langston hughes zora neale hurston hall johnson henry johnson oscar micheaux philip payton jr. gertrude “ma” rainey paul robeson augusta savage noble sissle bessie smith james van der zee dorothy west carter g. woodson “The books in the Black Stars series are the types of books that would have really captivated me as a kid.” -Earl G. Graves, Black Enterprise magazine “Inspiring stories that demonstrate what can happen when ingenuity and tenacity are paired with courage and hard work.” -Black Books Galore! Guide to Great African American Children’s Books “Haskins has chosen his subjects well . . . catching a sense of the enormous obstacles they had to overcome. . . . Some names are familiar, but most are little-known whom Haskins elevates to their rightful place in history.” -Booklist “The broad coverage makes this an unusual resource-a jumping-off point for deeper studies.” -Horn Book