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Notable Social Studies

2016 preview list available now!

2015 Notable Social Studies preview list


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People is an annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.

This is an annual project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the CBC.This bibliography features K-12 annotated titles published in the previous calendar year,  selected by a book review committee appointed by the NCSS.


Selection Process

The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad NCSS_NotableSealRPrange of cultural experiences, present an original theme or a fresh slant on a traditional topic, are easily readable and of high literary quality, and have a pleasing format and, when appropriate, illustrations that enrich the text.


Get the Lists!
Previous years’ lists are available online (updated every June).

Full-color copies of this year’s annotated list are also available for $5 per copy (includes S&H). Please make checks payable to the Children’s Book Council and send to:

The Children’s Book Council, Inc.
ATTN: Social Studies
54 West 39th Street, 14th floor
New York, NY 10018

Titles are grouped by subject, including: Biography; Contemporary Concerns; Environment and Ecology; Folktales; Geography, Peoples, and Places; History, Life, and Culture in the Americas; Reference; Social Interaction and Relationships; World History and Culture; and Economics. Each annotation contains bibliographic data and a brief description.


Join the Committee

NCSS members interested in joining the review committee should complete the online application form and submit it to NCSS.


Publishers: How to Submit
The submission period for the 2017 Notable Social Studies list is closed. The submission period for the 2018 list will be open from June 1 – June 30, 2017.
Review Submission Guidelines
Submit your titles using the Submission Spreadsheet
Selection Criteria

Please contact Matt Poulter with any questions about submitting your titles.


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