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 2002


Elementary Award

Coming Home: A True Story of Josh Gibson, Baseball’s Greatest Home Run Hitter
by Nanette Mellage, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $15.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780816770090
    Imprint: Troll Communications
    Publisher: Troll Communications
    Parent Company: Troll Communications
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    Book Description: 
    He hit more home runs than Mark McGwire, Babe Ruth, or Hank Aaron. He was the best in the game, yet he was never allowed to play in the Major Leagues. And he died just four months before Jackie Robinson broke baseball’s color barrier. His name was Josh Gibson, and Coming Home is his incredible story. This beautifully illustrated tribute to baseball’s greatest home run hitter is the first picture book every published about Josh Gibson.

    Honor Book

    Children of the Civil Rights Era
    by Catherine A. Welch

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $22.60
      Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9781575054810
      Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
      Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
      Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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      Read a Description of Children of the Civil Rights Era


      Book Description: 
      Recounts the courageous involvement of many young people who marched, protested, were arrested, and risked their lives to end racial discrimination in the South during the 1950s and 1960s.

      Honor Book

      Matthew Henson: Co-Discoverer of the North Pole (African-American Biographies (Raintree Paperback))
      by Laura Baskes Litwin and Luara Baskes Litwin

        Publication Date:
        List Price: $26.60
        Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780766015463
        Imprint: Enslow Publishing
        Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
        Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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        Read a Description of Matthew Henson: Co-Discoverer of the North Pole (African-American Biographies (Raintree Paperback))


        Book Description: 
        Book by Litwin, Laura Baskes, Litwin, Luara Baskes

        Honor Book

        Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
        by Katherine E Krohn

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $27.99
          Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780822549338
          Imprint: Twenty-First Century Books
          Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
          Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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          Book Description: 
          These informative and inspiring biographies will give young readers a look at the lives of some of the world’s most influential people in history. Each over 100 pages, the books are also ideal for reports.

          Middle Level Winner

          Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier
          by Alice Hinkle

            Publication Date:
            List Price: $19.95
            Format: Paperback, 96 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9780967977102
            Imprint: Pleasant Mountain Press
            Publisher: Pleasant Mountain Press
            Parent Company: Pleasant Mountain Press
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            Read a Description of Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier


            Book Description: 
            The National Council on the Social Studies will present “Prince Estabrook” with the 2002 Carter G. Woodson Book Award (middle school division) at the NCSS annual meeting in Nov. NCSS awards go to the most distinguished social science books depicting ethnicity in the United States appropriate for young people.

            Secondary Level Winner

            Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity (Hot Issues)
            by Barbara C. Cruz

              Publication Date:
              List Price: $27.93
              Format: Hardcover, 64 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Early Reader
              ISBN13: 9780766012011
              Imprint: Enslow Publishing
              Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
              Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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              Read a Description of Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity (Hot Issues)


              Book Description: 
              Discusses the many issues facing teens of multiethnic descent, including discrimination and the search for ethnic identity in an unsympathetic culture.