Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People—2016

The books that appear in these annotated book 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; annotations do not necessarily reflect the judgment of the entire committee.

A Prince without a Kingdom

by Timothée de Fombelle


All American Boys

by Jason Reynolds

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by Katherine Applegate

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Into the Dangerous World

by Julie Chibbaro / JM Superville Sovak


Oskar and the Eight Blessings

by Tanya Simon / Mark Siegel


The Hired Girl

by Laura Amy Schlitz

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This Way Home

by Wes Moore

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