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


Elementary Award

Sacagawea
by Liselotte Erdrich and Julie Buffalohead

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $17.95
    Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9780876146460
    Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
    Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
    Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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    Read a Description of Sacagawea


    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.

    Elementary Level Honor

    Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez
    by Kathleen Krull

      Publication Date:
      List Price: $17.99
      Format: Hardcover, 48 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9780152014377
      Imprint: HMH Books for Young Readers
      Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
      Parent Company: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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      Read a Description of Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez


      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.

      Middle Level Honor

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

        Publication Date:
        List Price: $35.60
        Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9780823957361
        Imprint: Rosen Publishing
        Publisher: Rosen Publishing
        Parent Company: Rosen Publishing Group
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        Read a Description of Sojourner Truth: From Slave to Activist for Freedom (Library of American Lives and Times (Hardcover))


        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.

        Middle Level Winner

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

          Publication Date:
          List Price: $35.00
          Format: Hardcover, 96 pages
          Classification: Fiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780970982902
          Imprint: Thomas George Books
          Publisher: Thomas George Books
          Parent Company: Thomas George Books
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          Read a Description of In America’s Shadow


          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.

          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: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9781931798051
            Imprint: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
            Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
            Parent Company: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
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            Read a Description of Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet from Chicago (World Writers)


            Book Description: 
            Presents a biography of the African American poet who has received the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.

            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: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9780737715972
              Imprint: Greenhaven Publishing
              Publisher: Gale
              Parent Company: Cengage Learning
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              Read a Description of History Firsthand - Early Black Reformers (History Firsthand Series)


              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.