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Creating a world of readers and thinkers

The Great Books Foundation is a nonprofit educational organization. We create and publish the Junior Great Books® program, and we produce books and initiatives that support lifelong learning. Through inquiry, reading, and discussion, we inspire people of all ages and from all walks of life to become more knowledgeable, reflective, and engaged citizens. Please join us in creating a world of readers and thinkers.

Through our community outreach programs we encourage people to become reflective and well-informed citizens by reading about and discussing issues that impact each of us and the world we share.


What Doesn’t Work in the ELA Classroom

There is a lot of research & discussion about what literacy instructional practices work best, but thinking about what doesn’t work is equally valuable. We don’t need to tell you that teachers are under endless time crunches, and wasting time on questionable practices is the last thing you need. “What Doesn’t Work: Literacy Practices We Should Abandon” lists the five common literacy practices in U.S. classrooms that research suggests are not optimal use of instructional time. Even if you don’t use any of these practices, the author encourages you to scrutinize your instructional time minute by minute to make certain you aren’t wasting your valuable time.
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“Great Books discussion groups have always been an integral part of my life.”

We love little more than hearing how Great Books impacts people lives. We recently received a lovely email from long-term supporter Helen Smith and want to share her experience with you.

My association with Great Books began in 1948 when I joined a Great Books leader-training group at the Providence, Rhode Island public library. In those days most of the reading assignments consisted of the entire work, not excerpts, and all selections were from the Western world. There we learned the method of asking questions dealing with fact, interpretation, and evaluation—techniques that served and continue to serve me well in my own leading, teaching, and reading. When I was a young mother at home raising my family, I
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Coming Soon! New Junior Great Books K-1

K1We’re thrilled to announce the February 2017 release of an interactive read-aloud program for kindergarten and first grade—Junior Great Books® Series K–1! Junior Great Book Series K–1 is a flexible reading, discussion, and questioning program that engages students with outstanding age-appropriate fiction and poetry. The program’s sequence of activities mirrors Junior Great Books Series 2–5, and introduces students to asking questions, close reading, textual analysis, and a collaborative search for meaning. The texts are from a range of genres—contemporary and classic fiction, folktales, and poems—and include a variety of diverse
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What People Are Saying

The Shared Inquiry training was phenomenal!…

--Lynn Tschaplinski K-6 Reading Coordinator Oak Ridge Schools Oak Ridge, TN

This may sound like an exaggeration, but Great Books saved my sanity…. For two years it was the center of my life. Thank you Great Books.

--Virginia Tschanz Westminster, CO

Junior Great Books is making such a difference with our students….

--Dr. Grace A. Reid Principal Bernard Elementary School Washington, D.C.

As a child I went through the Junior Great Books program and really want my children to have the same experience. I feel that this is the best program out there to provide my children with the critical thinking skills they will need to succeed later in life, and I'm excited to be working to bring a Junior Great Books program to their school!

--Parent Volunteer Coordinator Elementary School Illinois

Junior Great Books training is hands down the most informative, useful (and fun) professional development I've ever attended.

--Elizabeth A. Scott, Second Grade Teacher Kemps Landing/Old Donation School
Virginia Beach, VA

My students thought today's testing was easy. I know it was because we use @GreatBooksFnd in the classroom. #rigor

--Dan Chadd,
3rd grade teacher,
New Market, Indiana (@DanChadd)




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