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Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2017

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.

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      Look Up!

      by Jung Jin-ho

      Mar 2017

      Primary

      Kindergarten to Second Grade
      Dramatic aerial views tell the story of a wheelchair-bound girl on a balcony who urges passersby below to look up! Black-and-white illustrations with full-color accents.

      My Name Is James Madison Hemings

      by Jonah Winter

      Jan 2017

      Intermediate Readers Plus

      Third to Fifth Grade
      $12.75  $5.00  Member Price
      This powerful historical picture book is an evocative first-person account by the child of founding father Thomas Jefferson and the enslaved Sally Hemings. Author's note. Full-color illustrations rendered in acrylic on bristol board.
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