Past Theme: Becoming American Application deadline has passed

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Public and school (K-12) libraries were invited to apply to be among the 2,000 libraries selected to receive the third We the People Bookshelf, which focuses on Becoming American and included the following titles:

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade

The Lotus Seed by Sherry Garland
Watch the Stars Come Out by Riki Levinson
Grandfather's Journey by Allen Say

4th Grade through 6th Grade

Immigrant Kids by Russell Freedman
The People Could Fly: African Black Folktales by Virginia Hamilton
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
In the Year of the Boar and Jackie Robinson by Betty Bao Lord

7th Grade through 8th Grade

Rifles for Watie by Harold Keith
The Glory Field by Walter Dean Myers
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Dragonwings by Laurence Yep

9th Grade through 12th Grade

Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather
Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin edited by Louis P. Masur
Barrio Boy by Ernesto Galarza
Giants in the Earth: A Saga of the Prairie by Ole Edvart Rølvaag

Complete list of libraries that received this grant

Information for Project Directors

Questions about We The People Bookshelf may be directed to the Public Programs Office at 312-280-5045 or