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How to Submit a Clark Book Nomination

National Council for the Social Studies is pleased to announce its call for nominations of books eligible to receive the Septima Clark Book Award. This award is presented to the most distinguished young reader non-fiction books depicting women's issues globally.

2020 Awards

Book Nominations Due Postmarked September 30, 2019.

Eligibility Criteria:

Non-fiction books with a copyright of 2019 that:

  • Are elementary (grades K-6), intermediate/middle (grades 4-8) and secondary (grades 9-12) level titles;
  • Deal with and accurately reflect women's issues, perspectives, and stories;
  • Are trade or supplementary books rather than textbooks;
  • Are thoroughly research, well-written, and reflect originality; and
  • Are published in the United States and internationally;

Nomination Submission Guidelines:

  • Submit a cover letter addressed to Selection Committee Chair Ann Adkins that:
    • Indicates the grade level of each of the titles you are submitting: elementary (grades K-6), middle (grades 4-8) or secondary (grades 9-12) level; and
    • Provides your name, e-mail address, and phone number.
  • Mail a copy of the cover letter and each nominated book to each member of the Selection Subcommittee and NCSS Staff liaison (a list of committee mailing addresses can be found at bottom of this page).
  • All nominated books must be received postmarked no later than September 30, 2019.
  • No application fee is required for nominations.

How are books evaluated?

Generally, nominated books are evaluated for two key traits:

  • Focus on individuals and issues that provide insight into the experiences of women's issues globally; and
  • Avoids patronizing, distorting, and stereotyping in text and illustrations.

In addition, elementary books (grades K-6) are also evaluated for:

  • Readability
  • Suitability to age level
  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Illustrations
  • Pluralistic values

Intermediate/Middle school books (grades 4-8) are also evaluated for:

  • Stylistic excellence
  • Suitability to middle-level students
  • Curriculum enhancement
  • Illustrations
  • Exploration of pluralistic values

Secondary books (grades 9-12) are also evaluated for:

  • Stylistic excellence
  • Suitability
  • Scholarship
  • Illustrations
  • Pluralistic values

How to Submit a Book

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