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Nominate a Book for NEH's Nonfiction Reading List for Kids

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WASHINGTON (May 3, 2013) – The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) is putting out a last call for nominations for a nonfiction booklist for elementary, middle, and high-school aged children.

The proposed booklist, first announced in January, is aimed at young readers who want to delve more deeply into humanities subjects, including history, biography, archaeology, or philosophy.  This new list will supplement NEH’s popular summer reading list, which, since its inception in 1988, has been heavily weighted towards works of fiction. NEH’s new nonfiction list will reflect the new Common Core State Standards, which place a greater emphasis on nonfiction material, and will serve as a resource for teachers and parents of children who want to read about the rediscovery of the famous Civil War submarine Hunley or Amelia Earhart in addition to—or instead of—Harry Potter and The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe.

NEH has sought public assistance in building its first nonfiction Summertime Reading List, and we will be closing the nomination form at close of business Friday, May 17. This is your last chance to nominate outstanding nonfiction books for any or all of the following three age groups: 5-8 years old; 9-13 years old; and 14-17 years old, and tell NEH why your selections should be recommended for a new generation of readers. 

Nominations may be made online at: http://www.neh.gov/non-fiction-book-form. Recommended titles should have a strong humanities content, be of lasting value to readers, and readily available in print. Final selection of the books will be made by an advisory board composed of educators, library and information science specialists, historians, scholars of literature, and experts in childhood literacy, and will be announced in 2013.

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About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

Media Contacts: Paula Wasley at (202) 606-8424 or pwasley@neh.gov