“Americans believe that people have a natural right to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The stories told in this year’s We the People Bookshelf show how individuals throughout our history have sought to achieve that goal.” Bruce Cole – NEH Chairman
Alamosa High School Library – Boulder, Mesa Elementary Library – Broomfield, Mamie Doud Eisenhower Public Library – Castle Rock, Soaring Hawk Elementary School – Colorado Springs, Cañon Elementary Media Center Martinez Information Literacy Lab (MILL) – Conifer, West Jefferson Elementary Library – Grand Junction, Mesa View Elementary – Highlands Ranch, Highlands Ranch Public Library – Hudson Elementary School – Las Animas Secondary School – Peyton, Meridian Ranch Elementary – Rocky Ford Public Library – Security, North Elementary Library – Westcliffe, Custer County Schools
As part of the award, libraries are organizing programs or events to raise awareness of these classic books and engage young readers.
The We the People Bookshelf on the “Pursuit of Happiness” contains the following books:
* Grades K-3: Aesop’s Fables by Aesop; Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost; Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel (also in Spanish translation) by Virginia Lee Burton.
* Grades 4-6: Tuck Everlasting (also in Spanish translation) by Natalie Babbitt; The Great Migration by Jacob Lawrence; These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder; and Journal of Wong Ming-Chung by Laurence Yep.
* Grades 7-8: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle; Esperanza Rising (also in Spanish translation) by Pam Muñoz Ryan; and Carry On, Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham.
* Grades 9-12: Kindred by Octavia Butler; O Pioneers! (also in Spanish translation) by Willa Cather; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald; Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman; and Common Sense by Thomas Paine.