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NCSS Notable Books


Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People

Each year, the National Council for the Social Studies Book Review Commitee reviews and selects Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. These are recently publicated books of high literary merit that address topics of social studies such as human relations, diversity, or cultural experiences in a new light. The books below are from the 2015 list of Notable Books and each includes a summary as well as additional resources for teachers to use that match with geogrpahic themes from the text.


Fiona's Lace by Patricia Polacco

Middle School

A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson

Enrique's Journey: The True Story of a Boy Determined to Reunite with His Mother by Sonia Nazario

Silver People: Voices from the Panama Canal by Margarita Engle