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 2004


Secondary Level Winner

History Firsthand - Early Black Reformers (History Firsthand Series)
by James Tackach

Publication Date:
List Price: $34.95
Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9780737715972
Imprint: Greenhaven Publishing
Publisher: Gale
Parent Company: Cengage Learning
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Book Description: 
The term “civil rights movement” calls to mind the nation-wide effort, spearheaded by Martin Luther King Jr., during the 1950s and 1960s to end racial segregation and racial injustice in the United States. But the struggle for citizenship rights for African Americans predates King’s movement by almost two hundred years. This anthology comprises the firsthand experiences of black civil rights advocates before King.

Secondary Level Honor

Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet from Chicago (World Writers)
by Martha E. Rhynes

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    List Price: $24.95
    Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9781931798051
    Imprint: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
    Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
    Parent Company: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
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    Book Description: 
    Presents a biography of the African American poet who has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

    Middle Level Winner

    In America’s Shadow
    by Kimberly Komatsu, Kaleigh Komatsu, and Mitchell T. Maki

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      List Price: $35.00
      Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
      Classification: Children’s
      ISBN13: 9780970982902
      Imprint: Thomas George Books
      Publisher: Thomas George Books
      Parent Company: Thomas George Books
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      Book Description: 
      Chronicles the history of Japanese Americans from immigration to the World War II internment, as told through the eyes of a young girl and her grandfather.

      Middle Level Honor

      Sojourner Truth: From Slave to Activist for Freedom (Library of American Lives and Times (Hardcover))
      by Mary Butler

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        List Price: $35.60
        Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
        Classification: Children’s
        ISBN13: 9780823957361
        Imprint: Rosen Publishing
        Publisher: Rosen Publishing
        Parent Company: Rosen Publishing Group
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        Book Description: 
        Biographies for Grades 4-8 Correlated to the Curriculum Extend the learning through this second twelve-book set from The Library of American Lives and Times! Each book in the latest set continues to use extensive primary sources as it brings American history to life for your students. Learn about some of the greatest players who helped in shaping America as it grew from a colony to a world superpower. Through a chronological narrative, enriched with diary entries, letters, and other primary documents, students will learn about the various stages of the United States’s development, as well as learn to think about history from the perspective of both individuals and society.

        Elementary Level Honor

        Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
        by Kathleen Krull

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          List Price: $17.99
          Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
          Classification: Children’s
          ISBN13: 9780152014377
          Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
          Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
          Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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          Book Description: 
          Cesar Chavez is known as one of America’s greatest civil rights leaders. When he led a 340-mile peaceful protest march through California, he ignited a cause and improved the lives of thousands of migrant farmworkers. But Cesar wasn’t always a leader. As a boy, he was shy and teased at school. His family slaved in the fields for barely enough money to survive. Cesar knew things had to change, and he thought that—maybe—he could help change them. So he took charge. He spoke up. And an entire country listened. An author’s note provides historical context for the story of Cesar Chavez’s life.

          Elementary Award

          Sacagawea
          by Liselotte Erdrich and Julie Buffalohead

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            List Price: $17.95
            Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
            Classification: Children’s
            ISBN13: 9780876146460
            Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
            Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
            Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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            Book Description: 
            A biography of the Shoshone girl, Sacagawea, from age eleven when she was kidnapped by the Hitdatsa to the end of her journey with Lewis and Clark, plus speculation about her later life.



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