NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People

Given by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS)

Other Names: National Council for Social Studies Notable Children’s Book Award, NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies
3,992 Works / 4,012 Items 1,071,180 Books 58,219 Reviews 4.2
The books that appear in these lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the show more Children's Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.

Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. 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. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent.

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Categories:
All, 3-5 (26), 3-8 (2), 6-8 (28), 9-12 (24), American Heritage (60), American History and Culture (25), Autobiography and Biography (12), Biography (28), Biography and Autobiography (34), Contemporary Concerns (26), Contemporary Concerns—Careers (5), Contemporary Concerns—Handicaps (7), Contemporary Concerns—Human Rights (5), Contemporary Concerns—Immigration (4), Contemporary Concerns—Minorities (5), Contemporary Concerns—Other (31), Contemporary Concerns—Special Children (4), Contemporary Concerns—The Environment (6), Contemporary Concerns—The Future (5), Contemporary Concerns—Women's Studies (12), Contemporary Interests and Controversies (19), Environment, Energy, and Ecology (4), Folktales, Legends, and Religion (15), Folktales, Myths, and Legends (13), Geography, People and Places (27), History, Life and Culture in the Americas (62), K-2 (52), Kindergarten to Fifth Grade (13), Kindergarten to Second Grade (173), Language, Arts, and Crafts (13), Legends, Traditions, and Religions (33), Native Americans (26), Ninth to Twelfth Grade (69), Other Places and Cultures Today (34), Sixth to Eighth Grade (142), Sixth to Twelfth Grade (5), Third to Eighth Grade (5), Third to Fifth Grade (161), Understanding Oneself and Others (41), Understanding Oneself and Others—Aging (5), Understanding Oneself and Others—Aging and Death (11), Understanding Oneself and Others—Family Relations (7), Understanding Oneself and Others—Family and Interpersonal Relations (34), Understanding Oneself and Others—Other (5), World History (31), World History and Culture (14), [2016], Ninth to Twelfth Grade, 2016 (1), [2018], Ninth to Twelfth Grade, 2018 (1), [2019], Kindergarten to Second Grade, 2019 (2), No Category (2,645)
Years:
All, 2023 (143), 2022 (189), 2021 (146), 2020 (127), 2019 (160), 2018 (134), 2017 (132), 2013; Sixth to Eighth Grade, 2016 (1), 2016 (142), 2015 (126), 2014 (127), 2013 (75), 2012 (82), 2011 (119), 2002, 2010 (1), 2010 (138), 2001, 2009 (1), 2009 (132), 2008 (90), 2001, 2007 (1), 2007 (145), 2006 (117), 2005 (102), 2004 (168), 2003 (143), 2002 (204), 2001 (188), 2000 (207), 1999 (143), 1996 (1), 1994 (1), 1993 (1), 1985 (1), 1983 (107), 1982 (106), 1981 (102), 1981? (1), 1980 (100), 1979 (98), 1976 (1)
WorkCategoryYear
You Sound Like a White Girl: The Case for Rejecting Assimilation by Julissa Arce
2023
Too Small Tola and the Three Fine Girls by Atinuke
2023
The Best Kind of Mooncake by Pearl AuYeung
2023
Loyalty by Avi
2023
A New History of Immigration (True History) by Jaclyn Backhaus
2023
Thirst by Varsha Bajaj
2023
Unbreakable: The Spies Who Cracked the Nazis' Secret Code by Rebecca E. F. Barone
2023
Black Trailblazers: 30 Courageous Visionaries Who Broke Boundaries, Made a Difference, and Paved the Way by Bijan Bayne
2023
Song in the City by Daniel Bernstrom
2023
Unlawful Orders: A Portrait of Dr. James B. Williams, Tuskegee Airman, Surgeon, and Activist (Scholastic Focus) by Barbara Binns
2023
History Comics: The Stonewall Riots: Making a Stand for LGBTQ Rights by Archie Bongiovanni
2023
That's Betty!: The Story of Betty White (Who Did It First?) by Gregory Bonsignore
2023
Blue: A History of the Color as Deep as the Sea and as Wide as the Sky by Nana Ekua Brew-Hammond
2023
The Notebook Keeper: A Story of Kindness from the Border by Stephen Briseño
2023
Vinyl Moon by Mahogany L. Browne
2023
Dragonfly Eyes by Wenxuan Cao
2023
Isla to Island by Alexis Castellanos
2023
Morning Sun in Wuhan by Ying Chang Compestine
2023
Rain Rising by Courtne Comrie
2023
Stand Up! Ten Mighty Women Who Made a Change by Brittney C. Cooper
2023
We Have a Dream: Meet 30 Young Indigenous People and People of Color Protecting the Planet by Mya-Rose Craig
2023
A Mind Like Mine: 21 famous people and their mental health by Rachael Davis
2023
Our World of Dumplings by Francie Dekker
2023
Don't Look Back: A Memoir of War, Survival, and My Journey from Sudan to America by Achut Deng
2023
Honey and Me by Meira Drazin
2023
Evicted!: The Struggle for the Right to Vote by Alice Faye Duncan
2023
The Code Breaker -- Young Readers Edition: Jennifer Doudna and the Race to Understand Our Genetic Code by Sarah Durand
2023
Louisa June and the Nazis in the Waves by L. M. Elliott
2023
Rima's Rebellion: Courage in a Time of Tyranny by Margarita Engle
2023
All Through the Night: Important Jobs That Get Done at Night by Polly Faber
2023
My Nest of Silence by Matt Faulkner
2023
Wishing Upon the Same Stars by Jacquetta Nammar Feldman
2023
Nana, Nenek & Nina by Liza Ferneyhough
2023
The Poem Forest: Poet W. S. Merwin and the Palm Tree Forest He Grew from Scratch by Carrie Fountain
2023
To the Front!: Clara Barton Braves the Battle of Antietam by Claudia Friddell
2023
The Rise (and Falls) of Jackie Chan by Kristen Mai Giang
2023
When the Schools Shut Down: A Young Girl's Story of Virginia's "Lost Generation" and the Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka Decision by Yolanda Gladden
2023
The Bluest Sky by Christina Diaz Gonzalez
2023
Two Degrees by Alan Gratz
2023
Keepunumuk: Weeâchumun's Thanksgiving Story by Danielle Greendeer
2023
Garvey in the Dark by Nikki Grimes
2023
If You’re a Kid Like Gavin by Gavin Grimm
2023
Alte Zachen / Old Things by Ziggy Hanaor
2023
The Legacy of Jim Crow (True History) by Clarence A. Haynes
2023
Something Happened to My Dad: A Story About Immigration and Family Separation by Ann Hazzard PhD
2023
Daddy Speaks Love by Leah Henderson
2023
If You Were a Princess: True Stories of Brave Leaders from around the World by Hillary Homzie
2023
Alias Anna: A True Story of Outwitting the Nazis by Susan Hood
2023
What Is Juneteenth? (What Was?) by Kirsti Jewel
2023
Eighteen Vats of Water by Ji-li Jiang
2023
H Is for Harlem by Dinah Johnson
2023
How We Can Win: Race, History and Changing the Money Game That's Rigged by Kimberly Jones
2023
Better Than We Found It: Conversations to Help Save the World by Frederick Joseph
2023
Choosing Brave: How Mamie Till-Mobley and Emmett Till Sparked the Civil Rights Movement by Angela Joy
2023
Respect the Mic: Celebrating 20 Years of Poetry from a Chicagoland High School by Peter Kahn
2023
Black Boy, Black Boy by Ali Kamanda
2023
The Heartbeat of Wounded Knee (Young Readers Adaptation): Life in Native America by Sheila Keenan
2023
One Sun and Countless Stars: A Muslim Book of Numbers (A Muslim Book Of Concepts) by Hena Khan
2023
Lioness of Punjab by Anita Jari Kharbanda
2023
Attack of the Black Rectangles by A. S. King
2023
Ain't Gonna Let Nobody Turn Me 'Round: My Story of the Making of Martin Luther King Day by Kathlyn J. Kirkwood
2023
I Will Protect You: A True Story of Twins Who Survived Auschwitz by Eva Mozes Kor
2023
I'll Go and Come Back by Rajani LaRocca
2023
Our Story Starts in Africa by Patrice Lawrence
2023
Exploring Civil Rights: The Movement: 1965 (Library Edition) by Leslie Jay
2023
Mommy's Hometown by Hope Lim
2023
This Little Voter by little bee books
2023
Some Kind of Hate by Sarah Darer Littman
2023
It's Up to Us: Building a Brighter Future for Nature, People & Planet (The Children's Terra Carta) by Christopher Lloyd
2023
Curve & Flow: The Elegant Vision of L.A. Architect Paul R. Williams by Andrea J. Loney
2023
She Persisted: Coretta Scott King by Kelly Starling Lyons
2023
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
2023
Spearhead (Adapted for Young Adults): An American Tank Gunner, His Enemy, and a Collision of Lives in World War II by Adam Makos
2023
Twas the Night Before Pride by Joanna McClintick
2023
Sanctuary: Kip Tiernan and Rosie's Place, the Nation's First Shelter for Women by Christine McDonnell
2023
I am Muhammad Ali by Brad Meltzer
2023
History Smashers: The Underground Railroad by Kate Messner
2023
Hanged!: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Assassinate Abraham Lincoln by Sarah Miller
2023
Carrimebac, the Town That Walked by David Barclay Moore
2023
Three Sisters by Heather Morris
2023
We Were the Fire: Birmingham 1963 by Shelia P. Moses
2023
Muhammad Najem, War Reporter: How One Boy Put the Spotlight on Syria by Muhammad Najem
2023
We Are Wolves by Katrina Nannestad
2023
I Hate Borsch! by Yevgenia Nayberg
2023
The Waiting Place: When Home Is Lost and a New One Not Yet Found by Dina Nayeri
2023
The Witness Blanket: Truth, Art and Reconciliation by Carey Newman
2023
Lines of Courage by Jennifer A. Nielsen
2023
She Persisted: Wangari Maathai by Eucabeth Odhiambo
2023
Growing an Artist: The Story of a Landscaper and His Son by John Parra
2023
Parks for the People: How Frederick Law Olmsted Designed America by Elizabeth Partridge
2023
Seen and Unseen: What Dorothea Lange, Toyo Miyatake, and Ansel Adams's Photographs Reveal About the Japanese American Incarceration by Elizabeth Partridge
2023
Home by Tonya Lippert PhD
2023
Because of You, John Lewis by Andrea Davis Pinkney
2023
Bold Words from Black Women: Inspiration and Truths from 50 Extraordinary Leaders Who Helped Shape Our World by Dr Tamara Pizzoli
2023
Cher Ami: Based on the World War I Legend of the Fearless Pigeon by Melisande Potter
2023
A Mermaid Girl by Sana Rafi
2023
Sweet Justice: Georgia Gilmore and the Montgomery Bus Boycott by Mara Rockliff
2023
The Founders Unmasked (True History) by Jennifer Sabin
2023
Omar Rising by Aisha Saeed
2023
In the Spirit of a Dream: 13 Stories of American Immigrants of Color by Aida Salazar
2023
A Seed in the Sun by Aida Salazar
2023
Wilma Mankiller (Little People, BIG DREAMS) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
2023
Her Name Was Mary Katharine: The Only Woman Whose Name Is on the Declaration of Independence by Ella Schwartz
2023
Mother Goose Goes to India by Kabir Sehgal
2023
The Secret Battle of Evan Pao by Wendy Wan Long Shang
2023
An ABC of Democracy by nancy shapiro
2023
This Book Will Save the Planet: A Climate-Justice Primer for Activists and Changemakers (Empower the Future) by Dany Sigwalt
2023
Baseball Around the World: How the World Plays the Game by Chris Singleton
2023
My Town / Mi Pueblo by Nicholas Solis
2023
A Life of Service: The Story of Senator Tammy Duckworth by Christina Soontornvat
2023
We All Celebrate! by Chitra Soundar
2023
Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein
2023
Peace Is a Chain Reaction: How World War II Japanese Balloon Bombs Brought People of Two Nations Together by Tanya Lee Stone
2023
A History of Me by Adrea Theodore
2023
Hold Them Close: A Love Letter to Black Children by Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
2023
A Pandemic Is Worldwide by Sarah L. Thomson
2023
Mama in Congress: Rashida Tlaib's Journey to Washington by Rashida Tlaib
2023
Stacey Abrams and the Fight to Vote by Traci N. Todd
2023
A Land of Books: Dreams of Young Mexihcah Word Painters by Duncan Tonatiuh
2023
Lola Out Loud: Inspired by the Childhood of Activist Dolores Huerta by Jennifer Torres
2023
With Lots of Love by Jenny Torres Sanchez
2023
Lion Lights: My Invention That Made Peace with Lions by Richard Turere
2023
My Bindi by Gita Varadarajan
2023
Fight: How Gen Z Is Channeling Their Fear and Passion to Save America by John Della Volpe
2023
Gibberish by Young Vo
2023
Hair to Share by Sylvia Walker
2023
Playing with Lanterns by Yage Wang
2023
African Town by Charles Waters
2023
Maya’s Song by Renée Watson
2023
A Song for the Unsung: Bayard Rustin, the Man Behind the 1963 March on Washington by Carole Boston Weatherford
2023
Standing in the Need of Prayer: A Modern Retelling of the Classic Spiritual by Carole Boston Weatherford
2023
The Talk by Alicia D. Williams
2023
Kapaemahu by Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu
2023
More Than Peach (Bellen Woodard Original Picture Book) by Bellen Woodard
2023
When Winter Robeson Came by Brenda Woods
2023
The Year We Learned to Fly by Jacqueline Woodson
2023
Rise Up with a Song: The True Story of Ethel Smyth, Suffragette Composer (Heroes Remembered, 1) by Diane Worthey
2023
New from Here by Kelly Yang
2023
Yes We Will: Asian Americans Who Shaped This Country by Kelly Yang
2023
What the Fact?: Finding the Truth in All the Noise by Dr Seema Yasmin
2023
Just Like Jesse Owens by Andrew Young
2023
One Wish: Fatima Al-Fihri and the World's Oldest University by M. O. Yuksel
2023
Star Child: A Biographical Constellation of Octavia Estelle Butler by Ibi Zoboi
2023
My Two Border Towns by David Bowles
K-22022
Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege by Jenny Devenny
K-22022
Lunch Around the World (Around the World) by Jeanette Ferrara
K-22022
The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice B. McGinty
K-22022
Papa's Free Day Party by Marilyn Nelson
K-22022
How to be a Global Citizen by DK
2022
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Boy by Emmanuel Acho
2022
My Name Is Bana by Bana Alabed
2022
Last Witnesses (Adapted for Young Adults) by Svetlana Alexievich
2022
The Three Princes of Serendip: New Tellings of Old Tales for Everyone by Rodaan Al Galidi
2022
I Is for Immigrants by Selina Alko
2022
Child of the Flower-Song People: Luz Jiménez, Daughter of the Nahua by Gloria Amescua
2022
Who Is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez? (Who HQ Now) by Kirsten Anderson
2022
The History of Western Art in Comics Part One: From Prehistory to the Renaissance by Marion Augustin
2022
An Equal Shot: How the Law Title IX Changed America by Helaine Becker
2022
GLORY: Magical Visions of Black Beauty by Kahran Bethencourt
2022
I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne
2022
Firekeeper's Daughter by Angeline Boulley
2022
My Two Border Towns by David Bowles
2022
Rock by Rock: The Fantastical Garden of Nek Chand by Jennifer Bradbury
2022
Flight of the Puffin by Ann Braden
2022
Without Separation: Prejudice, Segregation, and the Case of Roberto Alvarez by Larry Dane Brimner
2022
I Am an American: The Wong Kim Ark Story by Martha Brockenbrough
2022
Big Ideas That Changed the World 3: A Shot in the Arm! by Don Brown
2022
In the Shadow of the Fallen Towers: The Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, and Years after the 9/11 Attacks by Don Brown
2022
Peacemaker by Joseph Bruchac
2022
Rez Dogs by Joseph Bruchac
2022
The Cot in the Living Room by Hilda Eunice Burgos
2022
Unbound: My Story of Liberation and the Birth of the Me Too Movement by Tarana Burke
2022
Drawn Across Borders: True Stories of Human Migration by George Butler
2022
Call and Response: The Story of Black Lives Matter by Veronica Chambers
2022
Geraldine Pu and Her Lunch Box, Too! by Maggie P. Chang
2022
A Queen to the Rescue: The Story of Henrietta Szold, Founder of Hadassah by Nancy Churnin
2022
When We Say Black Lives Matter by Maxine Beneba Clarke
2022
She Persisted: Claudette Colvin by Lesa Cline-Ransome
2022
African Proverbs for All Ages by Johnnetta Betsch Cole
2022
Survivor Tree by Marcie Colleen
2022
We Shall Overcome by Bryan Collier
2022
King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin by Stephen Costanza
2022
We the People and the President: An Infographic Look at the American Presidency by PJ Creek
2022
Cuba in My Pocket by Adrianna Cuevas
2022
Parker Shines On: Another Extraordinary Moment by Parker Curry
2022
She Persisted: Maria Tallchief by Christine Day
2022
Milo Imagines the World by Matt de la Peña
2022
Code Name Badass: The True Story of Virginia Hall by Heather Demetrios
2022
Race Cars: A children's book about white privilege by Jenny Devenny
2022
At Night All Blood Is Black by David Diop
2022
Barefoot Dreams of Petra Luna by Alda P. Dobbs
2022
Home Is Not a Country by Safia Elhillo
2022
Walls by L. M. Elliott
2022
The Sea-Ringed World: Sacred Stories of the Americas by Maria Garcia Esperon
2022
Huda F Are You? by Huda Fahmy
2022
Amira's Picture Day by Reem Faruqi
2022
Wild Tongues Can't Be Tamed: 15 Voices from the Latinx Diaspora by Saraciea J. Fennell
2022
Lunch Around the World (Around the World) by Jeanette Ferrara
2022
Susie B. Won't Back Down by Margaret Finnegan
2022
Starfish by Lisa Fipps
2022
The Curse of the Mummy: Uncovering Tutankhamun's Tomb by Candace Fleming
2022
Rise Up!: How You Can Join the Fight Against White Supremacy by Crystal Marie Fleming
2022
Calvin by J.R. Ford
2022
Mighty Inside by Sundee T. Frazier
2022
Grace Banker and Her Hello Girls Answer the Call: The Heroic Story of WWI Telephone Operators by Claudia Friddell
2022
The Story of Bodri by Hedi Fried
2022
Take Back the Block by Chrystal D. Giles
2022
Separate No More: The Long Road to Brown v. Board of Education (Scholastic Focus) by Lawrence Goldstone
2022
We Can: Portraits of Power by Tyler Gordon
2022
Change Sings: A Children's Anthem by Amanda Gorman
2022
Twenty-One Steps: Guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by Jeff Gottesfeld
2022
Making a Baby by Rachel Greener
2022
The First Blade of Sweetgrass by Suzanne Greenlaw
2022
Samira Surfs by Rukhsanna Guidroz
2022
Welcome to the New World by Jake Halpern
2022
Love the Earth: Understanding climate change, speaking up for solutions, and living an earth-friendly life by Mel Hammond
2022
The 1619 Project: Born on the Water by Nikole Hannah-Jones
2022
Something Happened in Our Park: Standing Together After Gun Violence by Ann Hazzard
2022
She Persisted: Clara Lemlich by Deborah Heiligman
2022
A day for rememberin' : the first Memorial Day by Leah Henderson
2022
A Face for Picasso: Coming of Age with Crouzon Syndrome by Ariel Henley
2022
I Am Smoke by Henry Herz
2022
Defiant: Growing Up in the Jim Crow South by Wade Hudson
2022
Recognize!: An Anthology Honoring and Amplifying Black Life by Wade Hudson
2022
Space Explorers: 25 Extraordinary Stories of Space Exploration and Adventure by Libby Jackson
2022
Sprouting Wings: The True Story of James Herman Banning, the First African American Pilot to Fly Across the United States by Louisa Jaggar
2022
Who Is Jane Goodall? (Who Was? Board Books) by Lisbeth Kaiser
2022
When can we go back to America? : voices of Japanese American incarceration during World War II by Susan H Kamei
2022
My Sister, Daisy by Adria Karlsson
2022
My America by Karen Katz
2022
When the World Was Ours by Liz Kessler
2022
Good Girls Don't Make History by Elizabeth Kiehner
2022
The Other Talk: Reckoning with Our White Privilege by Brendan Kiely
2022
Saving American Beach: The Biography of African American Environmentalist MaVynee Betsch by Heidi Tyline King
2022
Borders by Thomas King
2022
Linked by Gordon Korman
2022
The List of Unspeakable Fears by J. Kasper Kramer
2022
The Passover Guest by Susan Kusel
2022
Tomatoes for Neela by Padma Lakshmi
2022
Meltdown: Earthquake, Tsunami, and Nuclear Disaster in Fukushima by Deirdre Langeland
2022
Why Longfellow Lied: The Truth About Paul Revere's Midnight Ride by Jeff Lantos
2022
A True Wonder: The Comic Book Hero Who Changed Everything by Kirsten W Larson
2022
The Disability Experience: Working Toward Belonging by Hannalora Leavitt
2022
Finding Home: The Journey of Immigrants and Refugees (Orca Think, 1) by Jen Sookfong Lee
2022
Luck of the Titanic by Stacey Lee
2022
The Fearless Flights of Hazel Ying Lee by Julie Leung
2022
The Thing I'm Most Afraid Of by Kristin Levine
2022
What Are Your Words?: A Book About Pronouns by Katherine Locke
2022
Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo
2022
Amazing Treasures: 100 Objects and Places That Will Boggle Your Mind (Our Amazing World) by David Long
2022
Three Lines in a Circle: The Exciting Life of the Peace Symbol by Michael G. Long
2022
View from Pagoda Hill by Michaela MacColl
2022
Téo's Tutu by Maryann Jacob Macias
2022
How to Become an Accidental Activist (Accidental Series, 2) by Elizabeth MacLeod
2022
Our Skin: A First Conversation about Race by Megan Madison
2022
Revolution in Our Time: The Black Panther Party’s Promise to the People by Kekla Magoon
2022
She Persisted: Ruby Bridges by Kekla Magoon
2022
Meena Lost and Found (The Meena Zee Books) by Karla Manternach
2022
You Can't Say That!: Writers for Young People Talk About Censorship, Free Expression, and the Stories They Have to Tell by Leonard S. Marcus
2022
A Time of Fear: America in the Era of Red Scares and Cold War by Albert Marrin
2022
Shelter by Christie Matheson
2022
A Plan for the People: Nelson Mandela’s Hope for His Nation by Lindsey McDivitt
2022
The Water Lady: How Darlene Arviso Helps a Thirsty Navajo Nation by Alice B. McGinty
2022
New Year by Zihan Mei
2022
Latinitas: Celebrating 40 Big Dreamers by Juliet Menéndez
2022
History Smashers: Plagues and Pandemics by Kate Messner
2022
Niki Nakayama: A Chef's Tale in 13 Bites by Debbi Michiko Florence
2022
The Book Collectors: A Band of Syrian Rebels and the Stories That Carried Them Through a War by Delphine Minoui
2022
What's in Your Pocket?: Collecting Nature's Treasures by Heather L. Montgomery
2022
Areli Is a Dreamer: A True Story by Areli Morales, a DACA Recipient by Areli Morales
2022
Bright Star by Yuyi Morales
2022
Flip! How the Frisbee Took Flight by Margaret Muirhead
2022
Yayoi Kusama (You Should Meet) by May Nakamura
2022
Papa's Free Day Party by Marilyn Nelson
2022
If You Lived During the Plimoth Thanksgiving by Chris Newell
2022
Art of Protest: Creating, Discovering, and Activating Art for Your Revolution by De Nichols
2022
The Stuff Between the Stars: How Vera Rubin Discovered Most of the Universe by Sandra Nickel
2022
Beautifully Me by Nabela Noor
2022
Sugar Town Queens by Malla Nunn
2022
The Great Stink: How Joseph Bazalgette Solved London's Poop Pollution Problem by Colleen Paeff
2022
The One Thing You'd Save by Linda Sue Park
2022
Right Now!: Real Kids Speaking Up for Change by Miranda Paul
2022
Home Is in Between by Mitali Perkins
2022
Buses Are a Comin': Memoir of a Freedom Rider by Charles Person
2022
We Are a Garden: A Story of How Diversity Took Root in America by Lisa Westberg Peters
2022
Shelter: Homelessness in Our Community (Orca Think, 2) by Lois Peterson
2022
My First Day by Nguyen Quang Phung
2022
Angel of Greenwood by Randi Pink
2022
Lucas at the Paralympics by Igor Plohl
2022
Amara and the bats by Emma Reynolds
2022
Stamped (For Kids): Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds
2022
¡Mambo Mucho Mambo! The Dance That Crossed Color Lines by Dean Robbins
2022
Try It!: How Frieda Caplan Changed the Way We Eat by Mara Rockliff
2022
This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth by Sean Rubin
2022
Families Can by Dan Saks
2022
Stitch by Stitch: Cleve Jones and the AIDS Memorial Quilt by Rob Sanders
2022
Picturing a Nation: The Great Depression’s Finest Photographers Introduce America to Itself by Martin W. Sandler
2022
Once Upon a Time There Was and Will Be So Much More by Johanna Schaible
2022
Stitch by Stitch: Elizabeth Hobbs Keckly Sews Her Way to Freedom by Connie Schofield-Morrison
2022
Nathan's Song by Leda Schubert
2022
Unbound: The Life and Art of Judith Scott (KNOPF BOOKS FOR) by Joyce Scott
2022
The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz
2022
The Proudest Color by Sheila Modir and Jeffrey Kashou
2022
Fallout: Spies, Superbombs, and the Ultimate Cold War Showdown by Steve Sheinkin
2022
Runaway: The Daring Escape of Ona Judge by Ray Anthony Shepard
2022
Dog Star by Megan Shepherd
2022
Hold On to Your Music: The Inspiring True Story of the Children of Willesden Lane by Emil Sher
2022
Your Life Matters by Chris Singleton
2022
Song for Jimi: The Story of Guitar Legend Jimi Hendrix by Jr. Charles R. Smith
2022
What I Am by Divya Srinivasan
2022
Except Antarctica by Todd Sturgell
2022
Fatima's Great Outdoors by Ambreen Tariq
2022
Harriet Tubman: Toward Freedom: The Center for Cartoon Studies Presents by Whit Taylor
2022
Nina: A Story of Nina Simone by Traci N. Todd
2022
World in Between: Based on a True Refugee Story by Kenan Trebincevic
2022
Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask: Young Readers Edition by Anton Treuer
2022
Dawn Raid by Pauline Vaeluaga Smith
2022
When We Make It by Elisabet Velasquez
2022
Born Behind Bars by Padma Venkatraman
2022
Thankful by Elaine Vickers
2022
Race Against Time: The Untold Story of Scipio Jones and the Battle to Save Twelve Innocent Men by Sandra Neil Wallace
2022
The Many Meanings of Meilan by Andrea Wang
2022
Watercress by Andrea Wang
2022
Liberty's Civil Rights Road Trip by Michael W. Waters
2022
Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford
2022
Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler
2022
Your Legacy: A Bold Reclaiming of Our Enslaved History by Schele Williams
2022
What Is Black Lives Matter? by Lakita Wilson
2022
The Little Owl & the Big Tree: A Christmas Story by Jonah Winter
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Disability Visibility (Adapted for Young Adults): 17 First-Person Stories for Today by Alice Wong
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Somewhere in the Unknown World: A Collective Refugee Memoir by Kao Kalia Yang
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In the Wild Light by Jeff Zentner
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Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality by Larry Dane Brimner
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Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes
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Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues by Leah Henderson
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Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight by Karyn Parsons
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Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers by Laura Renauld
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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
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Come Out and Play (It's a Kid's World) by Maya Ajmera
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Yes No Maybe So by Becky Albertalli
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A Sporting Chance: How Ludwig Guttmann Created the Paralympic Games by Lori Alexander
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Sometimes People March by Tessa Allen
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Lizzie Demands a Seat!: Elizabeth Jennings Fights for Streetcar Rights by Beth Anderson
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Can Bears Ski? by Raymond Antrobus
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Bear and Fred: A World War II Story by Iris Argaman
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Isaiah Dunn Is My Hero by Kelly J. Baptist
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The Secret Garden of George Washington Carver by Gene Barretta
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All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel
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All the Way to the Top: How One Girl's Fight for Americans with Disabilities Changed Everything by Annette Bay Pimentel
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Jane Against the World: Roe v. Wade and the Fight for Reproductive Rights by Karen Blumenthal
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Saving Savannah by Tonya Bolden
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Strong Voices: Fifteen American Speeches Worth Knowing by Tonya Bolden
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Finding a Way Home: Mildred and Richard Loving and the Fight for Marriage Equality by Larry Dane Brimner
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Woke: A Young Poet's Call to Justice by Mahogany L. Browne
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Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring by Tami Lewis Brown
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Art Is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring by Tami Lewis Brown
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We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
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Hot Pot Night! by Vincent Chen
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Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring by Nancy Churnin
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Beautiful Shades of Brown: The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring by Nancy Churnin
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Efren Divided by Ernesto Cisneros
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The Power of Her Pen: The Story of Groundbreaking Journalist Ethel L. Payne by Lesa Cline-Ransome
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Poisoned Water: How the Citizens of Flint, Michigan, Fought for Their Lives and Warned the Nation by Candy J. Cooper
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Wherever I Go by Mary Wagley Copp
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Strongman: The Rise of Five Dictators and the Fall of Democracy by Kenneth C. Davis
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Don't Ask Me Where I'm From by Jennifer De Leon
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Santiago's Road Home by Alexandra Diaz
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Equality's Call: The Story of Voting Rights in America by Deborah Diesen
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Magnificent Homespun Brown: A Celebration by Samara Cole Doyon
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Just Like a Mama by Alice Faye Duncan
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Saving Stella: A Dog's Dramatic Escape from War by Bassel Abou Fakher
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V Is for Voting by Kate Farrell
2021
A Place at the Table by Saadia Faruqi
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Saving Lady Liberty: Joseph Pulitzer's Fight for the Statue of Liberty by Claudia Friddell
2021
Small History of a Disagreement by Claudio Fuentes
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This Light Between Us by Andrew Fukuda
2021
Flight for Freedom: The Wetzel Family’s Daring Escape from East Germany by Kristen Fulton
2021
When We Are Kind by Monique Gray Smith
2021
Kamala Harris: Rooted in Justice by Nikki Grimes
2021
The House by the Lake: The True Story of a House, Its History, and the Four Families Who Made It Home by Thomas Harding
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We are power : how nonviolent activism changes the world by Todd Hasak-Lowy
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Earth Hour: A Lights-Out Event for Our Planet by Nanette Heffernan
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Mamie on the Mound: A Woman in Baseball's Negro Leagues by Leah Henderson
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Harlem Grown: How One Big Idea Transformed a Neighborhood by Tony Hillery
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Carter Reads the Newspaper by Deborah Hopkinson
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Thanks to Frances Perkins: Fighter for Workers' Rights by Deborah Hopkinson
2021
The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard
2021
Displacement by Kiku Hughes
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Call Me American (Adapted for Young Adults): The Extraordinary True Story of a Young Somali Immigrant by Abdi Nor Iftin
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Grown by Tiffany D. Jackson
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Marie's Ocean: Marie Tharp Maps the Mountains Under the Sea by Josie James
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This Is My America by Kim Johnson
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I Want to Ride the Tap Tap by Danielle Joseph
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Black Is a Rainbow Color by Angela Joy
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Stand Up! Speak Up!: A Story Inspired by the Climate Change Revolution by Andrew Joyner
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American as Paneer Pie by Supriya Kelkar
2021
The Arabic Quilt: An Immigrant Story by Aya Khalil
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Papa, Daddy, and Riley by Seamus Kirst
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Digging for Words: José Alberto Gutiérrez and the Library He Built by Angela Burke Kunkel
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The Heart of Mi Familia by Carrie Lara PsyD
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Lost Cities by Giles Laroche
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Wood, Wire, Wings: Emma Lilian Todd Invents an Airplane by Kirsten W Larson
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Mindy Kim and the Lunar New Year Parade by Lyla Lee
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Fish Out of Water (Orca Currents) by Joanne Levy
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We The People: The United States Constitution Explored and Explained by Aura Lewis
2021
We Are Water Protectors by Carole Lindstrom
2021
What I Carry by Jennifer Longo
2021
Ohana Means Family by Ilima Loomis
2021
The True West: Real Stories About Black Cowboys, Women Sharpshooters, Native American Rodeo Stars, Pioneering Vaqueros, and the Unsung Explorers, Builders, and Heroes Who Shaped the American West by Mifflin Lowe
2021
On the Horizon by Lois Lowry
2021
The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts by Trudy Ludwig
2021
No True Believers by Rabiah York Lumbard
2021
Voices of Justice: Poems about People Working for a Better World (Who Did It First?) by George Ella Lyon
2021
Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties by Sue Macy
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Breaking Through: How Female Athletes Shattered Stereotypes in the Roaring Twenties by Sue Macy
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The Degenerates by J. Albert Mann
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A World Together by Sonia Manzano
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Most Wanted: The Revolutionary Partnership of John Hancock & Samuel Adams by Sarah Jane Marsh
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Lulu the One and Only by Lynnette Mawhinney
2021
Mighty Justice: The Untold Story of Civil Rights Trailblazer Dovey Johnson Roundtree (Young Readers' Edition) by Katie McCabe
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Evelyn Del Rey Is Moving Away by Meg Medina
2021
One Boy's Choice: A Tale of the Amazon by Sueli Menezes
2021
History Smashers: The Mayflower by Kate Messner
2021
The Next President: The Unexpected Beginnings and Unwritten Future of America’s Presidents (Presidents Book for Kids; History of United States Presidents When They Were Young) by Kate Messner
2021
Farmers Unite!: Planting a Protest for Fair Prices by Lindsay Metcalf
2021
No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History by Lindsay H. Metcalf
2021
The Interactive Constitution: Explore the Constitution with flaps, wheels, color-changing words, and more! (The Interactive Explorer) by David Miles
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Act by Kayla Miller
2021
Atomic Women: The Untold Stories of the Scientists Who Helped Create the Nuclear Bomb by Roseanne Montillo
2021
The Radium Girls: Young Readers Edition: The Scary but True Story of the Poison That Made People Glow in the Dark by Kate Moore
2021
One Little Lot: The 1-2-3s of an Urban Garden by Diane C. Mullen
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Birrarung Wilam: A Story from Aboriginal Australia by Aunty Joy Murphy
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Be Amazing: A History of Pride by Desmond Napoles
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Ritu Weds Chandni by Ameya Narvankar
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History Comics: The Challenger Disaster: Tragedy in the Skies by Pranas T. Naujokaitis
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Unrig: How to Fix Our Broken Democracy (World Citizen Comics) by Daniel G. Newman
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Normal: One Kid's Extraordinary Journey by Magdalena Newman
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Cast Away: Poems for Our Time by Naomi Shihab Nye
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Astronauts: Women on the Final Frontier by Jim Ottaviani
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Prairie Lotus by Linda Sue Park
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Flying Free: How Bessie Coleman's Dreams Took Flight by Karyn Parsons
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Erosion: How Hugh Bennett Saved America’s Soil and Ended the Dust Bowl (Moments in Science) by Darcy Pattison
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Speak Up by Miranda Paul
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If Dominican Were a Color by Sili Recio
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Fred's Big Feelings: The Life and Legacy of Mister Rogers by Laura Renauld
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Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You: A Remix of the National Book Award-winning Stamped from the Beginning by Jason Reynolds
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The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ku Rhee
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Rise Up! The Art of Protest by Jo Rippon
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You Matter by Christian Robinson
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Mary Seacole: Bound for the Battlefield by Susan Goldman Rubin
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The Cat I Never Named: A True Story of Love, War, and Survival by Amra Sabic-El-Rayess
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Love Your Body by Jessica Sanders
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The Fighting Infantryman: The Story of Albert D. J. Cashier, Transgender Civil War Soldier by Rob Sanders
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Go with the Flow by Karen Schneemann
2021
Chance: Escape from the Holocaust: Memories of a Refugee Childhood by Uri Shulevitz
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Heads Up: Changing Minds on Mental Health by Melanie Siebert
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Dinosaur Lady by Linda Skeers
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The Pig War: How a Porcine Tragedy Taught England and America to Share by Emma Bland Smith
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Don't Read the Comments by Eric Smith
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All Thirteen: The Incredible Cave Rescue of the Thai Boys' Soccer Team by Christina Soontornvat
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A Wish in the Dark by Christina Soontornvat
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Dear Justyce by Nic Stone
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Desert Diary: Japanese American Kids Behind Barbed Wire by Michael O. Tunnell
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The Last Tree Town by Beth Turley
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Teatime Around the World (Waissbluth, Denyse) by Denyse Waissbluth
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Migrants by Issa Watanabe
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Watch Us Rise by Renée Watson
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BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
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BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom by Carole Boston Weatherford
2021
RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul by Carole Boston Weatherford
2021
The Woman's Hour (Adapted for Young Readers): Our Fight for the Right to Vote by Elaine F. Weiss
2021
Street of Storytellers by Doug Wilhelm
2021
The Peanuts all-star word-search puzzle book (A Windward activity book) by Jamia Wilson
2021
The One with the Scraggly Beard by Elizabeth Withey
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Parachutes by Kelly Yang
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The books that appear in these lists were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and assembled in cooperation with the Children's Book Council (CBC). NCSS and CBC have cooperated on this annual bibliography since 1972.

Books selected for this bibliography are written primarily for children in grades K-8. 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. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent.

Continues NCSS/CBC Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (since 1998) (English, Member-written)
Continued by NCSS/CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book for Young People after 1997. (English, Member-written)

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