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 2010

Secondary Level Winner

Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration
by Ann Bausum

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List Price: $21.95
Format: Hardcover, 112 pages
Classification: Children’s
ISBN13: 9781426303326
Imprint: National Geographic Children’s Books
Publisher: National Geographic Books
Parent Company: National Geographic Society
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Book Description: 
With painstaking research, an unerring eye for just the right illustration, and her unique narrative style, award-winning author Ann Bausum makes the history of immigration in America come alive for young people. The story of America has always been shaped by people from all corners of the Earth who came in search of a better life and a brighter future. Immigration remains one of the critical topics in 21st century America, and how our children learn the lessons of the past will shape all our futures.

The patriotic stories of hope that shape most immigration books are supplemented here by the lesser-known stories of those denied, detained, and deported. Ann Bausum’s compelling book presents a revealing series of snapshots from the dark side of immigration history including:

Immigrants Denied: The St. Louis, a ship filled with Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany sought refuge in American ports and was turned away, condemning many of its passengers to ultimately perish in the Holocaust. Immigrants Detained: Japanese-Americans were rounded up during World War II and placed in detention centers regardless of their patriotism for security reasons. Immigrants Deported: Emma Goldman was branded a dangerous extremist and sent back to Russia in 1919, after living 30 years in the United States.

Ann Bausum creates a bridge from the lessons of the past to the present with fascinating analysis of how our past has influenced modern events and current views on immigration.

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Secondary Level Honor

Ang Lee (Asian Americans of Achievement)
by Clifford W. Mills

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    List Price: $35.00
    Format: Hardcover, 118 pages
    Classification: Children’s
    ISBN13: 9781604135664
    Imprint: Chelsea House Publications
    Publisher: Chelsea House Publications
    Parent Company: Chelsea House Publications
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    Oscar-winning director Ang Lee has a remarkable life story. His creative genius bloomed late: he came to America from Taiwan at age 23, but was not able to make his first film until he was 37 because of language and cultural barriers that were slow and painful to overcome. Two of his movies, “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and “Brokeback Mountain”, are among the most influential films ever made. Lee’s work captures cultural, racial, sexual, and generation clashes from 18th-century England to modern suburban America, and from China to Wyoming. Lee has made movies in English, Taiwanese, and Mandarin Chinese, making him a true global artist. Read about Ang Lee’s rise to fame in this absorbing new title.

    Middle Level Winner

    Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice
    by Phillip Hoose

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      List Price: $19.99
      Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
      Classification: Children’s
      ISBN13: 9780374302368
      Imprint: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
      Publisher: Macmillan
      Parent Company: Verlagsgruppe Georg von Holtzbrinck
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      ”It’s my constitutional right!” screamed Claudette Colvin as she was dragged off a segregated city bus in Montgomery, Alabama, after refusing to give up her seat to a white woman. It was March 2, 1955 nine months before Rosa Parks took a similar stand. But instead of being celebrated as Parks was, Colvin was shunned by her classmates and dismissed by community leaders. Undaunted, a year later she dared to challenge segregation again as a key plaintiff in Browder v. Gayle, the landmark case that did for transportation what Brown v. The Board of Education did for education. Called “unforgettable” by The Wall Street Journal, this outstanding, ground-breaking account of an almost forgotten civil rights pioneer garnered praise and accolades, including a National Book Award, a Newbery Honor, and a Robert F. Sibert Book. As The New York Times said in a glowing review, Hoose “finally gives [Colvin] the credit she deserves.”

      Middle Level Honor

      With One Sky Above Us: The Story of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce Indians
      by Nancy Plain

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        Format: Paperback, 80 pages
        Classification: Children’s
        ISBN13: 9781602019850
        Imprint: Mondo Publishing
        Publisher: Mondo Publishing
        Parent Company: Mondo Publishing
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        Elementary Level Winner

        Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story
        by Paula Yoo

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          List Price: $17.95
          Format: Hardcover, 32 pages
          Classification: Children’s
          ISBN13: 9781600602597
          Imprint: Lee & Low Books
          Publisher: Lee & Low Books
          Parent Company: Lee & Low Books
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          Book Description: 
          The true story of Chinese American film star Anna May Wong, whose trail-blazing career in Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s broke new ground for future generations of Asian American actors.

          Elementary Level Honor

          Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal
          by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson, Illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

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          List Price: $17.95
          Format: Library Binding, 40 pages
          Classification: Children’s
          Age: 9 - 12
          ISBN13: 9780822567646
          Imprint: Carolrhoda Books
          Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
          Parent Company: Lerner Publishing Group
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          Sitting tall in the saddle, with a wide-brimmed black hat and twin Colt pistols on his belt, Bass Reeves seemed bigger than life. Outlaws feared him. Law-abiding citizens respected him. As a peace officer, he was cunning and fearless. When a lawbreaker heard Bass Reeves had his warrant, he knew it was the end of the trail, because Bass always got his man, dead or alive. He achieved all this in spite of whites who didn't like the notion of a black lawman. Born into slavery in 1838, Bass had a hard and violent life, but he also had a strong sense of right and wrong that others admired. When Judge Isaac Parker tried to bring law and order to the lawless Indian Territories, he chose Bass to be a deputy U.S. Marshall. Bass would quickly prove a smart choice. For three decades, Bass was the most feared and respected lawman in the territories. He made more than 3,000 arrests, and though he was a crack shot and a quick draw, he only killed fourteen men in the line of duty. The story of Bass Reeves is the story of a remarkable African American and a remarkable hero of the Old West.

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