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


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: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780766012011
Imprint: Enslow Publishing
Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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Book Description: 
Discusses the many issues facing teens of multiethnic descent, including discrimination and the search for ethnic identity in an unsympathetic culture.

Middle Level Winner

Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier
by Alice Hinkle

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $19.95
    Format: Paperback, 96 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9780967977102
    Imprint: Pleasant Mountain Press
    Publisher: Pleasant Mountain Press
    Parent Company: Pleasant Mountain Press
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    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.

    Honor Book

    Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
    by Katherine E Krohn

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $27.99
      Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
      Classification: Children’s
      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.

      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: Children’s
        ISBN13: 9780766015463
        Imprint: Enslow Publishing
        Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
        Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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        Book Description: 
        Book by Litwin, Laura Baskes, Litwin, Luara Baskes

        Honor Book

        Children of the Civil Rights Era
        by Catherine A. Welch

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $22.60
          Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
          Classification: Children’s
          ISBN13: 9781575054810
          Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
          Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
          Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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          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.

          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: Children’s
            ISBN13: 9780816770090
            Imprint: Troll Communications
            Publisher: Troll Communications
            Parent Company: Troll Communications
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            Read a Description of Coming Home: A True Story of Josh Gibson, Baseball’s Greatest Home Run Hitter


            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.



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