All 212 Carter G. Woodson Award Winning and Honored Books for Since 1970

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    2021 2021Black Heroes of the Wild West by James Otis Smith (Toon Graphics)
    2021 2021Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon by Kelly Starling Lyons (Lee & Low Books)
    2021 2021Lifting as We Climb: Black Women’s Battle for the Ballot Box by Evette Dionne (Viking Books for Young Readers)
    2021 2021The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome (Paula Wiseman Books)
    2020 2020Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson (Peachtree Publishers)
    2020 2020The Undefeated by Kwame Alexander (Versify)
    2020 2020This Promise of Change: One Girl’s Story in the Fight for School Equality by Jo Ann Allen Boyce and Debbie Levy (Bloomsbury Publishing)
    2020 2020Todos Iguales / All Equal: Un Corrido de Lemon Grove / A Ballad of Lemon Grove by Christy Hale (Children’s Book Press)
    2019 2019A Few Red Drops: The Chicago Race Riot of 1919 by Claire Hartfield (Clarion Books)
    2019 2019America Border Culture Dreamer: The Young Immigrant Experience from A to Z by Wendy Ewald (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    2019 2019Attucks!: Oscar Robertson and the Basketball Team That Awakened a City by Phillip Hoose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux Books for Younger Readers)
    2019 2019Midnight Teacher: Lilly Ann Granderson and Her Secret School by Janet Halfmann (Lee & Low Books)
    2019 2019So Tall Within: Sojourner Truth’s Long Walk Toward Freedom by Gary D. Schmidt (Roaring Brook Press)
    2019 2019The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just by Mélina Mangal (Millbrook Press)
    2018 2018Fred Korematsu Speaks Up by Laura Atkins and Stan Yogi (Heyday)
    2018 2018Martin’s Dream Day by Kitty Kelley (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
    2018 2018Now or Never!: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard (Calkins Creek)
    2018 2018Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford (Candlewick Press)
    2018 2018The Youngest Marcher: The Story of Audrey Faye Hendricks, a Young Civil Rights Activist by Cynthia Levinson (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
    2018 2018Twelve Days in May: Freedom Ride 1961 by Larry Dane Brimner (Calkins Creek)
    2017 2017Answering the Cry for Freedom: Stories of African Americans and the American Revolution by Gretchen Woelfle (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    2017 2017March (Trilogy Slipcase Set) by John Lewis and Andrew Aydin (Top Shelf Productions)
    2017 2017Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught the World about Kindness by Donna Janell Bowman (Lee & Low Books)
    2017 2017The First Step: How One Girl Put Segregation on Trial by Susan E. Goodman (Bloomsbury USA Childrens)
    2017 2017This Land Is Our Land: A History of American Immigration by Linda Barrett Osborne (Abrams Books for Young Readers)
    2016 2016Poet: The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton by Don Tate (Peachtree Publishers)
    2016 2016Seeds of Freedom: The Peaceful Integration of Huntsville, Alabama by Hester Bass (Candlewick Press)
    2016 2016Sitting Bull: Lakota Warrior and Defender of His People by S.D. Nelson (Harry N. Abrams)
    2016 2016The Amazing Age of John Roy Lynch by Chris Barton (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
    2015 2015Freedom Summer: The 1964 Struggle for Civil Rights in Mississippi by Susan Goldman Rubin (Holiday House)
    2015 2015Searching For Sarah Rector: The Richest Black Girl In America by Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books)
    2015 2015The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin (Roaring Brook Press)
    2014 2014Emancipation Proclamation: Lincoln And The Dawn Of Liberty by Tonya Bolden (Abrams Books)
    2014 2014Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F. Rockwell (Carolrhoda Books)
    2013 2013Fifty Cents And A Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    2013 2013Harlem’s Little Blackbird by Renée Watson (Random House Books for Young Readers)
    2013 2013Stolen into Slavery: The True Story of Solomon Northup, Free Black Man by Judith Bloom Fradin and Dennis Brindell Fradin (National Geographic Children’s Books)
    2012 2012A Nation’s Hope: the Story of Boxing Legend Joe Louis by Matt De La Peña (Dial Books for Young Readers)
    2012 2012Music Was IT: Young Leonard Bernstein (Junior Library Guild Selection) by Susan Goldman Rubin (Charlesbridge)
    2012 2012Red Bird Sings: The Story of Zitkala-Sa, Native American Author, Musician, and Activist by Q. L. Pearce and Gina Capaldi (Millbrook Press)
    2012 2012Saga of the Sioux: An Adaptation from Dee Brown’s Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee Brown (Henry Holt & Company (BYR))
    2011 2011An Unspeakable Crime: The Prosecution and Persecution of Leo Frank by Elaine Marie Alphin (Carolrhoda Books)
    2011 2011Dave The Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    2011 2011Simeon’s Story: An Eyewitness Account Of The Kidnapping Of Emmett Till by Simeon Wright and Herb Boyd (Chicago Review Press)
    2011 2011Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers)
    2010 2010Ang Lee (Asian Americans of Achievement) by Clifford W. Mills (Chelsea House Publications)
    2010 2010Bad News For Outlaws: The Remarkable Life Of Bass Reeves, Deputy U. S. Marshal by Vaunda Micheaux Nelson (Carolrhoda Books)
    2010 2010Claudette Colvin: Twice Toward Justice by Phillip Hoose (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
    2010 2010Denied, Detained, Deported: Stories from the Dark Side of American Immigration by Ann Bausum (National Geographic Children’s Books)
    2010 2010Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo (Lee & Low Books)
    2009 2009Booker T. Washington and Education by John F. Wukovits (Lucent Books)
    2009 2009Lincoln and Douglass: An American Friendship by Nikki Giovanni (Henry Holt & Company (BYR))
    2009 2009Reaching Out by Francisco Jiménez (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    2009 2009The Rise of Jim Crow (Drama of African-American History) by James Haskins (Cavendish Square Publishing)
    2009 2009When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement (Prime) by Robert H. Mayer (Enslow Publishing)
    2008 2008Black and White Airmen: Their True History by John Fleischman (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    2008 2008Don’t Throw Away Your Stick Till You Cross the River: The Journey of an Ordinary Man by Vincent Collin Beach and Anni Beach (Five Star Publications, Inc)
    2008 2008Louis Sockalexis: Native American Baseball Pioneer by Bill Wise (Lee & Low Books)
    2008 2008Sophisticated Ladies: the Great Women of Jazz by Leslie Gourse (Dutton Juvenile)
    2008 2008Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe (Lee & Low Books)
    2008 2008United States V. Amistad: Slave Ship Mutiny (Supreme Court Milestones) by Susan Dudley Gold (Cavendish Square Publishing)
    2007 2007Gordon Parks: No Excuses by Ann Parr (Pelican Publishing)
    2007 2007Growing Season: The Life of a Migrant Community by David Hassler (Kent State University Press)
    2007 2007John Lewis in the Lead: A Story of the Civil Rights Movement by Kathleen Benson (Lee & Low Books)
    2007 2007Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America by Deborah Hopkinson (Scholastic Inc)
    2006 2006Cesar Chavez: A Voice for Farmworkers (Latino Biography Library) by Barbara C. Cruz (Enslow Publishing)
    2006 2006Let Them Play (True Story) by Margot Theis Raven and Chris Ellison (Sleeping Bear Press)
    2006 2006No Easy Answers: Bayard Rustin And The Civil Rights Movement by Calvin Craig Miller (Morgan Reynolds Publishing)
    2006 2006Roberto Clemente: Pride of the Pittsburgh Pirates by Jonah Winter (Atheneum Books for Young Readers)
    2006 2006Uh Huh!: The Story Of Ray Charles (Modern Music Masters) by John Duggle (Morgan Reynolds Publishing)
    2005 2005Alec’s Primer (Vermont Folklife Center Children’s Book Series) by Mildred Pitts Walter (Vermont Folklife Center)
    2005 2005Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path by Joseph Bruchac (Lee & Low Books)
    2005 2005The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (At Issue in History) by Robert H. Mayer (Greenhaven Publishing)
    2005 2005The Power of One: Daisy Bates and the Little Rock Nine (Golden Kite Honors) by Dennis Brindell Fradin and Judith Bloom Fradin (Clarion Books)
    2004 2004Gwendolyn Brooks: Poet from Chicago (World Writers) by Martha E. Rhynes (Morgan Reynolds Publishing)
    2004 2004Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    2004 2004History Firsthand - Early Black Reformers (History Firsthand Series) by James Tackach (Greenhaven Publishing)
    2004 2004In America’s Shadow by Kimberly Komatsu, Kaleigh Komatsu, and Mitchell T. Maki (Thomas George Books)
    2004 2004Sacagawea by Liselotte Erdrich and Julie Buffalohead (Carolrhoda Books)
    2003 2003A Strong Right Arm: The Story of Mamie “Peanut” Johnson by Michelle Y Green (Perfection Learning)
    2003 2003Cesar Chavez: The Struggle for Justice / Cesar Chavez: La lucha por la justicia by Richard Griswold del Castillo (Piñata Books)
    2003 2003Remembering Manzanar: Life in a Japanese Relocation Camp by Michael L. Cooper (Clarion Books)
    2003 2003The Daring Escape of Ellen Craft (On My Own History) by Cathy Moore (Carolrhoda Books)
    2002 2002Children of the Civil Rights Era by Catherine A. Welch (Carolrhoda Books)
    2002 2002Coming Home: A True Story of Josh Gibson, Baseball’s Greatest Home Run Hitter by Nanette Mellage, Cornelius Van Wright, and Ying-Hwa Hu (Troll Communications)
    2002 2002Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song by Katherine E Krohn (Twenty-First Century Books)
    2002 2002Matthew Henson: Co-Discoverer of the North Pole (African-American Biographies (Raintree Paperback)) by Laura Baskes Litwin and Luara Baskes Litwin (Enslow Publishing)
    2002 2002Multiethnic Teens and Cultural Identity (Hot Issues) by Barbara C. Cruz (Enslow Publishing)
    2002 2002Prince Estabrook, Slave and Soldier by Alice Hinkle (Pleasant Mountain Press)
    2001 2001Carter G. Woodson: The Man Who Put “Black” in American History by James Haskins (Millbrook Press)
    2001 2001Children of the Relocation Camps (Picture the American Past) by Catherine A. Welch (Carolrhoda Books)
    2001 2001Issues in Racism by Mary E. Williams (Lucent Books)
    2001 2001Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Gulliver Books)
    2001 2001Sitting Bull and His World by Albert Marrin (Dutton Juvenile)
    2001 2001The Sound That Jazz Makes by Carole Boston Weatherford (Walker Childrens)
    2000 2000Black Hands, White Sails: The Story of African-American Whalers by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Scholastic Press)
    2000 2000Children of the Tlingit (World’s Children) by Frank J. Staub (Carolrhoda Books)
    2000 2000Magic Windows/Ventanas mágicas (English and Spanish Edition) by Carmen Lomas Garza (Children’s Book Press)
    2000 2000Princess Ka’iulani: Hope of a Nation, Heart of a People (Women of Spirit) by Sharon Linnea (Eerdmans Books for Young Readers)
    2000 2000The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow by Richard Wormser (St. Martin’s Press)
    2000 2000Through My Eyes by Ruby Bridges (Scholastic Press)
    1999 1999Celebrating Chinese New Year by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House)
    1999 1999Edmonia Lewis: Wildfire in Marble by Rinna Evelyn Wolfe (Silver Burdett Pr)
    1999 1999Life in a Japanese American Internment Camp (Way People Live) by Diane Yancey (Lucent Books)
    1999 1999Story Painter: The Life of Jacob Lawrence by John Duggleby (Chronicle Books)
    1999 1999The Riches of Oseola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman (Albert Whitman & Company)
    1999 1999Women of Hope: African-Americans Who Made a Difference by Joyce Hansen (Scholastic Inc)
    1998 1998Buffalo Days by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House)
    1998 1998I Am Rosa Parks (Penguin Young Readers, Level 4) by Rosa Parks and Jim Haskins (Penguin Young Readers Group)
    1998 1998Langston Hughes by Milton Meltzer (Millbrook Press)
    1998 1998Leon’s Story by Leon Walter Tillage (Square Fish)
    1998 1998Slavery Time When I Was Chillun by Belinda Hurmence (G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers)
    1998 1998The Flight of Red Bird: The Life of Zitkala-Sa by Doreen Rappaport (Dial)
    1997 1997Black Stars of the Harlem Renaissance by James Haskins, Eleanora E. Tate, Clinton Cox, and Brenda Wilkinson (Wiley)
    1997 1997Celebrating Hanukkah by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House)
    1997 1997Maya Angelou: More Than a Poet by Elaine Slivinski Lisandrelli (Enslow Publishing)
    1997 1997Ramadan by Suhaib Hamid Ghazi (Holiday House)
    1997 1997The Children of Topaz: The Story of a Japanese-American Internment Camp: Based on a Classroom Diary by George W. Chilcoat and Michael O. Tunnell (Holiday House)
    1997 1997The Japanese American Family Album (American Family Albums) by Dorothy Hoobler and Thomas Hoobler (Oxford University Press)
    1997 1997The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman and Amos Bad Heart Bull (Holiday House)
    1997 1997The Tuskegee Airmen: Black Heroes of World War II by Jacqueline L. Harris (Dillon Press)
    1996 1996A Fence Away From Freedom by Ellen S. Levine (Putnam Juvenile)
    1996 1996Konnichiwa! I Am a Japanese-American Girl by Tricia Brown (Henry Holt & Company (BYR))
    1996 1996Red-Tail Angels: The Story Of The Tuskegee Airmen Of World War Ii by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Walker Childrens)
    1996 1996Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave (We Are Still Here) by Monty Roessel (Lerner Publishing Group)
    1995 1995Battlefields and Burial Grounds: The Indian Struggle to Protect Ancestral Graves in the United States by Roger Echo-Hawk and Walter R. Echo-Hawk (Lerner Publishing Group)
    1995 1995Dear Benjamin Banneker by Andrea Davis Pinkney (Gulliver Books)
    1995 1995Harriet by Norma Johnston (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
    1994 1994Celebrating Kwanzaa by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House)
    1994 1994Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom (A Borzoi book) by Virginia Hamilton (Alfred A. Knopf)
    1994 1994Sequoyah’s Gift: A Portrait of the Cherokee Leader by Janet Klausner (HarperCollins Publishers)
    1994 1994The Great Migration: An American Story by Jacob Lawrence (Perfection Learning)
    1994 1994The March on Washington by James Haskins (Harpercollins Childrens Books)
    1993 1993Hoang Anh A Vietnamese-American Boy by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Harcourt Children’s Books)
    1993 1993How My Family Lives in America by Susan Kuklin (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
    1993 1993Madam C.J. Walker: Inventor and Millionaire (Famous African Americans) by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Enslow Publishing)
    1993 1993Mississippi Challenge by Mildred Pitts Walter (Bradbury Press)
    1993 1993The Year They Walked: Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Beatrice Siegel (Simon & Schuster)
    1993 1993Thurgood Marshall: A Life for Justice by James Haskins (Henry Holt & Company (BYR))
    1992 1992Carter G. Woodson: The Father of Black History (Great African Americans Series) by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Enslow Publishing)
    1992 1992Now Is Your Time! The African-American Struggle for Freedom by Walter Dean Myers (Amistad)
    1992 1992Outward Dreams: Black Inventors and Their Inventions by James Haskins (Walker and Company)
    1992 1992Pueblo Storyteller by Diane Hoyt-Goldsmith (Holiday House)
    1992 1992The Last Princess: The Story of Princess Ka’Iulani of Hawai’I by Fay Stanley (Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers)
    1991 1991Breaking the Chains by David Katz (Atheneum)
    1991 1991Shirley Chisholm: Teacher and Congresswoman by Catherine Scheader (Enslow Publishing)
    1991 1991Teammates by Peter Golenbock (HMH Books for Young Readers)
    1991 1991W.E.B. Dubois (Impact Biographies Series) by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Franklin Watts)
    1990 1990A Long Hard Journey: The Story Of The Pullman Porter by Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick McKissack (Walker Childrens)
    1990 1990Arctic Explorer: The Story of Matthew Henson (Trailblazer Biographies) by Jeri Ferris (Carolrhoda Books)
    1990 1990In Two Worlds: A Yu’pik Eskimo Family by Aylette Jenness (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
    1990 1990Paul Robeson: Hero Before His Time (Biographies) by Rebecca Larsen (Franklin Watts)
    1990 1990Vilma Martinez (Raintree Hispanic Stories) by Corinn Codye (Heinemann Library)
    1989 1989Buffalo Hunt by Russell Freedman (Holiday House)
    1989 1989Hispanic Voters: A Voice in American Politics by Judith Harlan (Franklin Watts)
    1989 1989Marian Anderson by Charles Patterson (iUniverse)
    1988 1988American Indians Today: Issues and Conflicts (Impact Books Series) by Judith Harlan (Franklin Watts)
    1988 1988Black music in America: A history through its people by James Haskins (Thomas Y. Crowell Co.)
    1988 1988Into a strange land: Unaccompanied refugee youth in America by Brent K. Ashabranner (Dodd, Mead and Company)
    1988 1988You May Plow Here - the Narrative of Sara Brooks by Sara Brooks (W. W. Norton & Company)
    1987 1987Children of the Maya by Brent K. Ashabranner (Dodd, Mead and Company)
    1987 1987Happily May I Walk: American Indians and Alaska Natives Today by Arlene Hirschfelder (Scribner)
    1987 1987Living in Two Worlds by Maxine B. Rosenberg and George Ancona (Lothrop, Lee & Shepard Books)
    1986 1986Dark Harvest: Migrant Farmworkers in America by Brent K. Ashabranner (Linnet Books)
    1986 1986Racial Prejudice (Issues in American History) by Elaine Pascoe (Franklin Watts)
    1985 1985Our Golda: The Story of Golda Meir (Women of Our Time) by David A. Adler (Viking Juvenile)
    1985 1985To Live in Two Worlds: American Indian Youth Today by Brent K. Ashabranner (Dodd, Mead and Company)
    1984 1984Mexico and the United States: Their Linked Destinies by Ernest Barksdale Fincher (Harper & Row)
    1983 1983Morning Star, Black Sun: The Northern Cheyenne Indians and America’s Energy Crisis by Brent K. Ashabranner (Dodd, Mead and Company)
    1982 1982Coming to North America: From Mexico, Cuba and Puerto Rico by Susan Garver and Paula McGuire (Delacorte Press)
    1981 1981The Chinese Americans by Milton Meltzer (HarperCollins)
    1981 1981The Hardest Lesson: Personal Accounts of a School Desegregation Crisis by Judith Stoia and Pamela Bullard (Little, Brown and Company)
    1980 1980A cry from the earth: Music of the North American Indians by John Bierhorst (Four Winds Press)
    1980 1980James Van Derzee: The Picture-Takin’ Man by James Haskins (Dodd, Mead and Company)
    1978 1978Daniel Inouye (Crowell Biographies) by Jane Goodsell and Haru Wells (HarperCollins)
    1976 1976Dragonwings (Golden Mountain Chronicles (Prebound)) by Laurence Yep (Perfection Learning)
    1974 1974Rosa Parks by Eloise Greenfield (HarperCollins)