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