• Notable Trade Books

    The books that appear in this annotated list were evaluated and selected by a Book Review Committee appointed by the 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 were published in 2010 and were written for children in grades K-12. The Book Review 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, have a pleasing format, and, where appropriate, include illustrations that enrich the text. Each book is read by several reviewers, and books are included on the list by committee assent; the annotations do not necessarily reflect the judgment of the entire committee. Publishers’ addresses are available in standard reference works such as Children’s Books in Print  (R.R. Bowker) and Literary Market Place (R.R. Bowker), and from CBC. CBC’s Members List may be downloaded at  www.cbcbooks.org/about/ourmembers 

    Titles are arranged by broad subject categories. Although many are appropriate for more than one category, they have been placed where their usefulness in social studies education appears greatest. Annotators have also indicated the thematic strands (shown below) from 
    National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies: A Framework for Teaching, Learning, and Assessmentm to which the book relates.

    Thematic Strands of the NCSS Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

    Time, Continuity, and Change
    People, Places, and Environments
    Individual Development and Identity
    Individuals, Groups, and Institutions
    Power, Authority, and Governance
    Production, Distribution, and Consumption
    Science, Technology, and Society
    Global Connections
    Civic Ideals and Practices