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 2003


Elementary Award

Cesar Chavez: The Struggle for Justice / Cesar Chavez: La lucha por la justicia
by Richard Griswold del Castillo

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9781558853249
    Imprint: Piñata Books
    Publisher: Piñata Books
    Parent Company: Arte Público
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    Book Description: 
    Cesar Chavez’s inspiring life story becomes available to a younger generation in this bilingual picture book. richard Griswold del Castillo follows the pioneering organizer from his childhood on a small farm in Yuma, through Chavez’s later life, including the founding of the United Farm Workers and the award of the Medal of Freedom given by President Bill Clinton in Chavez’s name after his death.

    Elementary Level Honor

    The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (On My Own History)
    by Cathy Moore

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $25.26
      Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
      Classification: Fiction
      Target Age Group: Early Reader
      ISBN13: 9780876144626
      Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
      Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
      Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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      Book Description: 
      FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Recounts how Ellen Craft and her husband, William, escaped from slavery disguised as “”Mr. Johnson,”” a young white man with his arm in a sling, and his manservant.

      Middle Level Honor

      A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson
      by Michelle Y Green

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        List Price: $16.30
        Format: Hardcover, 111 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780756930530
        Imprint: Perfection Learning
        Publisher: Perfection Learning
        Parent Company: Perfection Learning
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        Book Description: 
        Motivated by her love for the game and inspired by the legendary Jackie Robinson, Mamie Johnson is determined to be a professional baseball pitcher. But in a sport thatas dominated by white men, there is no place for a black woman. Mamie doesnat give upa from the time she insists on trying out for the all-male, all-white Police Athletic League team until she realizes her dream and becomes one of only three women to play in the Negro Leagues. Mamie Johnsonas life shows that with courage and perseverance one can overcome even the greatest challenges.

        Middle Level Winner

        Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp
        by Michael L. Cooper

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $15.00
          Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780618067787
          Imprint: Clarion Books
          Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
          Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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          Book Description: 
          In this close look at the first relocation camp built for Japanese evacuees living on the West Coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor, social historian Michael Cooper makes extensive use of the actual words from diaries, journals, memoirs, and news accounts of the people who were held behind barbed wire in the high California desert. Many were American citizens who felt betrayed by their country. They had to leave their jobs, their homes, and their friends and go live in crowded barracks, eat in noisy mess halls, and do without supplies or books for work or schooling. They showed remarkable bravery and resilience as they tried to lead normal lives, starting their own schools, playing baseball, attending Saturday night dances, and publishing their own newspaper. Archival photographs, some by Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange, augment the informative text. Manzanar is now a National Historic Site and hosts an annual pilgrimage that is attended by former internees, their families, and friends. Endnotes, Internet resources, index.

          Secondary Level Honor

          Atlas of Asian-American History (Facts on File Library of American History)
          by Monique Avakian

            Publication Date:
            List Price: $85.00
            Format: Hardcover, 214 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Young Adult
            ISBN13: 9780816036998
            Imprint: Facts On File
            Publisher: Infobase Publishing
            Parent Company: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
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            Book Description: 
            This atlas offers an in-depth look at the political and social history of this diverse ethnic group. Featuring detailed maps, it tells the story of not one group of people but many. For example, it covers the Asian heritage, the Chinese in 19th-century America and Japanese and Koreans in Hawaii.

            Secondary Level Winner

            The “Mississippi Burning” Civil Rights Murder Conspiracy Trial: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases)
            by Harvey Fireside

              Publication Date:
              List Price: $26.60
              Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780766017627
              Imprint: Enslow Publishing
              Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
              Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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              Book Description: 
              Examines the trials of the men accused of murdering three civil rights workers in Mississippi in 1964, including the Supreme Court decision to try to defendants in a federal rather than a state court and the final verdicts which marked the first time, in Mississippi, that a jury convicted white men for killing African Americans or civil rights workers.