Who can apply?
Any U.S. public library or K-12 school library in the United States and its territories. School libraries include public, private, parochial, and charter schools. Libraries with collections that circulate to the general public and offer reading-based programs for the general public are eligible to apply. A library system or school district may apply on behalf of its member schools or branches. Go to publicprograms.ala.org/bookshelf/ for guidelines and eligibility requirements.
Libraries will receive:
The Bookshelf—a collection of seventeen classic hardcover books for young readers related to the theme “A More Perfect Union.” Libraries will have the option of receiving some of these books in Spanish translation. Each Bookshelf will include three bonus items: the complete DVD edition of The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns, including performance rights; the companion book to The Civil War series, and Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America’s Founding Document; as well as bookplates, bookmarks, and posters.
NEH will award “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf to 4,000 school (K–12) and public libraries in spring 2010.
Books selected for “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf are:
Kindergarten to Grade 3
- Tico and the Golden Wings by Leo Lionni
- A More Perfect Union: The Story of Our Constitution by Betsy and Giulio Maestro
- Una unión más perfecta: la historia de nuestra constitución by Betsy and Giulio Maestro (translated by Aída E. Marcuse)
- When Marian Sang: The True Recital of Marian Anderson by Pam Muñoz Ryan
Grades 4 to 6
- César ¡Sí, se puede! by Carmet T. Bernier-Grand (Spanish edition)
- César ¡Si, Se Puede! / Yes, We Can! By Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
- Eagle Song by Joseph Bruchac
- The Great Little Madison by Jean Fritz
- Darby by Jonathon Scott Fuqua
Grades 7 to 8
- Chains by Laurie Halse Anderson
- Warriors Don’t Cry by Melba Beals
- Lincoln Shot: A President’s Life Remembered by Barry Denenberg
- Hitch by Jeanette Ingold
Grades 9 to 12
- The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois
- American Creation: Triumphs and Tragedies at the Founding of the Republic by Joseph Ellis
- Lincoln in His Own Words by Milton Meltzer
- Carver: A Life in Poems by Marilyn Nelson
- Twelve Angry Men by Reginald Rose
- Ángeles asesinos by Michael Shaara (translated by Manuel de los Reyes)
- Killer Angels by Michael Shaara
- The Civil War: A Film by Ken Burns
- The Civil War: An Illustrated History by Geoffrey Ward, Ric Burns, Ken Burns
- Declaring Independence: The Origin and Influence of America’s Founding Document edited by Christian Y. Dupont
To apply for “A More Perfect Union” Bookshelf, read the guidelines and complete the simple online application process at publicprograms.ala.org/Bookshelf.
To strengthen your application and your programs and to learn more about “A More Perfect Union” books and themes, visit EDSITEment, NEH’s online humanities resource for educators, parents, and students.
Learn more about the We the People Bookshelf project.