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NCSS announces the nomination call for 2017 Carter G. Woodson Young Reader Book Nominations

The National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) is pleased to announce its call for nominations of books eligible to receive the CARTER G. WOODSON BOOK AWARD, presented to the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting ethnicity in the United States. All nominated books must be received postmarked no later than September 30, 2017. For eligibility criteria and nomination submission guidelines please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson/nominations

Winning-book authors are invited to participate in an Author Panel Discussion at the NCSS Annual Conference, as well as to sign books at the NCSS Conference Bookstore, in Chicago, IL, Nov. 30 – Dec. 2, 2018. Winning books are made available for purchase by conference attendees at the NCSS Conference Bookstore.

Each year, an Award Book, one at each of the following levels: elementary (K-6), middle (5-8) and secondary (7-12), receive the Carter G. Woodson Book Award. In addition, three outstanding runner-up, also one at each of the levels described above, will be designated as Carter G. Woodson Honor Books. Award winning books and honor books are publicized as the recipients of this distinguished NCSS recognition.

Winning book authors are recognized at the NCSS Annual Conference, which is attended by over 3,000 K-12 and university level educators and other social studies professionals who enjoy interacting with the Woodson Award-winning authors and will be interested in obtaining copies of books for use with their students.  Award-winning authors are presented with a commemorative gift at the NCSS Meet-the-Author Panel Session, and have the opportunity of doing a book signing following that event.

The awards are given in honor of Carter G. Woodson (1875-1950), scholar, educator, historian and founding editor of The Journal of Negro History. In 1915, Woodson founded the Association for the Study of negro Life and History, and in 1926 initiated Negro History Week, which gave rise in 1976 to Black History Month.

Copies of the award-winning and honor books are requested from publishers for purchase at a discounted price in order to feature those books for sale at the Annual Conference NCSS Bookstore. The award-winning books will also be reviewed in the NCSS journal Social Education in the year following the recognition.


For a list of previous book award and honor book recipients please visit: http://www.socialstudies.org/awards/woodson/winners.

Founded in 1921, the National Council for the Social Studies has members throughout the United States and internationally. Membership includes K-16 classroom teachers, curriculum supervisors and specialists, curriculum writers and designers, and teacher educators. The NCSS serves as an umbrella organization for teachers of civics, history, geography, economics, political science, sociology, psychology, anthropology and law-related education. For more information please visit www.socialstudies.org.

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