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 2006


Elementary Award

Let Them Play (True Story)
by Margot Theis Raven and Chris Ellison

    Publication Date:
    List Price: $16.95
    Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
    Classification: Nonfiction
    Target Age Group: Picture Book
    ISBN13: 9781585362608
    Imprint: Sleeping Bear Press
    Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press
    Parent Company: Sleeping Bear Press
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    Book Description: 
    Segregated Charleston, SC, 1955: There are 62 official Little League programs in South Carolina — all but one of the leagues is composed entirely of white players. The Cannon Street YMCA All-Stars, an all-black team, is formed in the hopes of playing in the state’s annual Little League Tournament. What should have been a time of enjoyment, however, turns sour when all of the other leagues refuse to play against them and even pull out of the program. As the only remaining Little League team in the state, Cannon Street was named state winner by default, giving the boys a legitimate spot in the Little League Baseball World Series held in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. While the Cannon Street team is invited to the game as guests, they are not allowed to participate since they have not officially “played” and won their state’s tournament. Let Them Play takes its name from the chant shouted by the spectators who attended the World Series final. Author Margot Theis Raven recounts the inspiring tales of the Cannon Street All-Stars as they arrived in Williamsport, PA and never got the chance to play for the title thanks to the bigotry and ignorance of the South Carolina teams. Winning by forfeit, the Cannon Streeters were subsequently not allowed to participate in Williamsburg because they had not “played” their way into the tournament. Let Them Play is an important civil rights story in American history with an even more important message about equality and tolerance. It’s a tale of humanity against the backdrop of America’s favorite pastime that’s sure to please fans of the sport and mankind. This summer will mark the 50th year since the fans’ shouts of Let Them Play fell on deaf ears and 14 boys learned a cruel lesson in backwards politics and prejudice. This book can help teach us a new lesson and assure something like this never happens again.

    Elementary Level Honor

    Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates
    by Jonah Winter

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      List Price: $17.99
      Format: Hardcover, 40 pages
      Classification: Nonfiction
      Target Age Group: Picture Book
      ISBN13: 9780689856433
      Imprint: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
      Publisher: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
      Parent Company: CBS Corporation
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      Book Description: 
      On an island called Puerto Rico, there lived a little boy who wanted only to play baseball. Although he had no money, Roberto Clemente practiced and practiced until—eventually—he made it to the Major Leagues. America! As a right-fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, he fought tough opponents—and even tougher racism—but with his unreal catches and swift feet, he earned his nickname, “The Great One.” He led the Pirates to two World Series, hit 3,000 hits, and was the first Latino to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. But it wasn’t just baseball that made Clemente legendary—he was was also a humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of others.

      Middle Level Honor

      Roberto Clemente: Baseball’s Humanitarian Hero (Trailblazer Biographies)
      by Heron Marquez

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        List Price: $31.93
        Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
        Classification: Nonfiction
        Target Age Group: Middle Grade
        ISBN13: 9781575057675
        Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
        Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
        Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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        Book Description: 
        Book by Marquez, Heron

        Middle Level Winner

        Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkers (Latino Biography Library)
        by Barbara C. Cruz

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          List Price: $31.93
          Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
          Classification: Nonfiction
          Target Age Group: Middle Grade
          ISBN13: 9780766024892
          Imprint: Enslow Publishing
          Publisher: Enslow Publishing LLC
          Parent Company: Enslow Publishing LLC
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          Book Description: 
          Book by Cruz, Barbara C.

          Secondary Level Honor

          Uh Huh!: The Story Of Ray Charles (Modern Music Masters)
          by John Duggle

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            List Price: $28.95
            Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
            Classification: Nonfiction
            Target Age Group: Middle Grade
            ISBN13: 9781931798655
            Imprint: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
            Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
            Parent Company: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
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            Book Description: 
            Book by Duggleby, John

            Secondary Level Winner

            No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin And The Civil Rights Movement (Civil Rights Leaders)
            by Calvin Craig Miller

              Publication Date:
              List Price: $28.95
              Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
              Classification: Nonfiction
              Target Age Group: Middle Grade
              ISBN13: 9781931798433
              Imprint: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
              Publisher: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
              Parent Company: Morgan Reynolds Publishing
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              Book Description: 
              Looks at the life of Bayard Rustin, an organizer behind the scenes of the civil rights movement whose ideas influenced Martin Luther King, Jr. Title: No Easy Answers Author: Miller, Calvin Craig Morgan Reynolds Pub 2005/01/30 Number of 160 Binding Type: LIBRARY Library of Congress: 2004018518