Notable Social Studies
An annual reading list of exceptional books for use in social studies classrooms, selected by social studies educators.
The Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 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.
- 2018 Notable Social Studies preview list
- 2017 Notable Social Studies
- 2016 Notable Social Studies
- 2015 Notable Social Studies
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 (in the fully annotated list).
The selection committee looks for books that emphasize human relations, represent a diversity of groups and are sensitive to a broad range 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.
2019 submissions are closed; winners will be announced in January 2019. Sample Submission Call Guidelines as a reference (2019)
Email Laura Peraza at email@example.com or call212.966.1990 with questions about the submission process and/or to be added to an email list for information regarding the 2020 submissions.
Join the Committee! NCSS members interested in joining the review committee should complete the online application form and submit it to NCSS.