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
Secondary Level Winner
The “Mississippi Burning” Civil Rights Murder Conspiracy Trial: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases)
by Harvey Fireside
Publication Date: Nov 01, 2002
List Price: $26.60
Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Enslow Publishing
Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
Read a Description of The “Mississippi Burning” Civil Rights Murder Conspiracy Trial: A Headline Court Case (Headline Court Cases)
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.
Secondary Level Honor
Atlas of Asian-American History (Facts on File Library of American History)
by Monique Avakian
Publication Date: Jan 01, 2002
List Price: $85.00
Format: Hardcover, 214 pages
Target Age Group: Young Adult
Imprint: Facts On File
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
Parent Company: Veronis Suhler Stevenson
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.
Middle Level Winner
Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp
by Michael L. Cooper
Publication Date: Nov 25, 2002
List Price: $15.00
Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Clarion Books
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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.
Middle Level Honor
A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson
by Michelle Y Green
Publication Date: Mar 01, 2004
List Price: $16.30
Format: Hardcover, 111 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Perfection Learning
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Parent Company: Perfection Learning
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.
Elementary Level Honor
The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (On My Own History)
by Cathy Moore
Publication Date: Feb 01, 2002
List Price: $25.26
Format: Hardcover, 56 pages
Target Age Group: Early Reader
Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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.
Cesar Chavez: The Struggle for Justice / Cesar Chavez: La lucha por la justicia
by Richard Griswold del Castillo
Publication Date: Oct 01, 2002
List Price: $16.95
Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
Target Age Group: Picture Book
Imprint: Piñata Books
Publisher: Piñata Books
Parent Company: Arte Público
Read a Description of Cesar Chavez: The Struggle for Justice / Cesar Chavez: La lucha por la justicia
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.