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 2001


Elementary Award

The Sound That Jazz Makes
by Carole Boston Weatherford, Illustrated by Eric Velasquez

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780802787200
    Imprint: Walker Childrens
    Publisher: Walker and Co
    Parent Company: Walker and Co
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    Book Description: 
    A symphony of sound and color, The Sound That Jazz Makes is an eloquently rendered celebration of a remarkable heritage. Author Carole Boston Weatherford’s lyrical stanzas combine with the power of luminous oil paintings by Coretta Scott King New Talent winner, Eric Velasquez (The Piano Man) to trace the development of jazz. From African forests to wooden slave ships to Harlem nightclubs, the tragic and joyous legacy of the African-American experience gives jazz its passion and spirit.

    Honor Book

    Children of the Relocation Camps (Picture the American Past)
    by Catherine A. Welch

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      List Price: $22.60
      Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9781575053509
      Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
      Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
      Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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      Book Description: 
      Explores the experiences of Japanese American children who were moved with their families to relocation centers during World War II, looking at school, meals, sports, and other aspects of camp life.

      Honor Book

      Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History
      by James Haskins

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        List Price: $25.26
        Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Picture Book
        ISBN13: 9780761312642
        Imprint: Millbrook Press
        Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
        Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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        Book Description: 
        A biography of the son of former slaves who received a Ph.D. in history from Harvard and devoted his life to bringing the achievements of his race to the world’s attention.

        Honor Book

        Issues in Racism
        by Mary E. Williams

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          List Price: $27.45
          Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9781560064787
          Imprint: Lucent Books
          Publisher: Gale
          Parent Company: Cengage Learning
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          Book Description: 
          Discusses various issues regarding racism, including racial profiling, police brutality, stereotyping, White privilege, and the need for dialogue.

          Middle Level Winner

          Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
          by Andrea Davis Pinkney

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            List Price: $20.00
            Format: Hardcover, 120 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9780152010058
            Imprint: Gulliver Books
            Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
            Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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            Book Description: 
            Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a bus and sparked a boycott that changed America. Harriet Tubman helped more than three hundred slaves escape the South on the Underground Railroad. Shirley Chisholm became the first black woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives. The lives these women led are part of an incredible story about courage in the face of oppression; about the challenges and triumphs of the battle for civil rights; and about speaking out for what you believe in—even when it feels like no one is listening. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s moving text and Stephen Alcorn’s glorious portraits celebrate the lives of ten bold women who lit the path to freedom for generations.

            Secondary Level Winner

            Sitting Bull and His World
            by Albert Marrin

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              List Price: $27.50
              Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780525459446
              Imprint: Dutton Juvenile
              Publisher: Penguin Random House
              Parent Company: Bertelsmann
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              Book Description: 
              Richly researched, told with sweep, speed, and balance, here is a biography of the man who was arguably the Plains Indians’ most revered, most visionary leader. Tatan’ka Iyota’ke—Sitting Bull—was the great Hunkpapa Lakota chief who helped defeat Custer at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. But more than that, he was a profound holy man and seer, an astute judge of men, a singer and speaker for his people’s ways. In the face of the army, the railroad, the discovery of gold, and the decimation of the buffalo, he led his band to Canada rather than “come in” to the white man’s reservation. To render Sitting Bull in context, the author explores the differences in white and Indian cultures in the nineteenth century and shows the forces at work—economic pressure, racism, technology, post-Civil War politics in Washington and in the army—that led to the creation of a continental nation at the expense of a whole people.

              Illustrated with photographs and drawings by Albert Marrini