Books selected for the “Picturing America” Bookshelf were:
Kindergarten to Grade 3
- Walt Whitman: Words for America by Barbara Kerley
- Cosechando esperanza: 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 Manuel 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
Applications and awards:
Applications are no longer being accepted. The application period was September , 2008, through January 30, 2009.
In April 2009, 4,000 libraries received the “Picturing America” Bookshelf. Find the names and locations of the libraries that received awards.
Programs on the theme “Picturing America” theme take place in libraries between May 1, 2009, and April 30, 2010.
Learn more about the We the People Bookshelf project.