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Notable Social Studies

2018 preview list available now!

2017 Notable Social Studies preview list
2016 Notable Social Studies preview list

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: Notable 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 2019 list is NOW OPEN from June 5 through July 3, 2018

Due to feedback from publishers who submitted, we encourage you to use whatever submission method works best for you. Feel free to download, fill out, and email the spreadsheet regardless of number of titles submitted. The Google Forms will remain available if you prefer to submit by that method.

Please read the Submission Guidelines, then use the Submission Form to submit your titles:
2019 NOTABLES Submission Guidelines
2019 NOTABLES Submission Form or use our 2019 Submission Spreadsheet

For your convenience we’ve made it possible for everyone to download our spreadsheet, regardless of the number of titles. Please fill it out and email it to Laura Peraza.

Please contact Laura Peraza with any questions about submitting your titles.

For full instructions on how to submit to all of our CBC BEST lists, click here.

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