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Kelly over at iLearn Technology posted this several weeks ago and I’m just now getting around to passing it on to you. The National Endowment for the Humanties is giving away books. That’s right. Giving them away!

Okay . . . you do have to apply for them before January 30 and you may not be awarded the books but it’s such a simple process, why not give it a shot? NEH has been doing this every year since 2003.

It ties what it calls the Bookshelf to a particular theme and this year the theme is connected to their own Picturing America program. (The Picturing America program brings American masterpieces into the classroom and also gives away its stuff to teachers. But we just missed the deadline . . . dang it. But the web site is still pretty cool if you use art as part of your instruction!)

If you are awarded a Bookshelf, here’s what you’ll get:

Kindergarten to Grade 3

  • Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
  • Cosechando esperenza: La historia de César Chávez by Kathleen Krull (translated by Alma Flor Ada and F. Isabel Campoy)
  • Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  • Sweet Music in Harlem by Debbie Taylor

Grades 4 to 6

  • The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich
  • American Tall Tales by Mary Pope Osborne
  • On the Wings of Heroes by Richard Peck
  • Forty Acres and Maybe a Mule by Harriette Gillem Robinet
  • The Captain’s Dog: My Journey with the Lewis and Clark Tribe by Roland Smith

Grades 7 to 8

  • The Life and Death of Crazy Horse by Russell Freedman
  • La leyenda de Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (translated by Manual Broncano)
  • The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
  • Across America on an Emigrant Train by Jim Murphy
  • The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

Grades 9 to 12

  • Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation by Joseph J. Ellis
  • Restless Spirit: The Life and Work of Dorothea Lange by Elizabeth Partridge
  • Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck
  • Viajes Con Charley – En Busca de América by John Steinbeck (translated by José Manuel Alvarez Flórez)
  • Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville

Bonus books for readers of all ages:

  • Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out by The National Children’s Book and Literacy Alliance
  • 1776: The Illustrated Edition by David McCullough

Pretty sweet, yes? So . . . what are you waiting for? Get over there before the deadline!