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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.


Great Books & the Chicago History Museum’s “Chicago Authored” Exhibit

We’re honored by the Chicago History Museum’s invitation to participate in its December 9 Middle and High School Student Symposium introducing students to the museum’s ”Chicago Authored” exhibit. During the symposium, students from 5 public and private schools will explore Chicago literature through gallery experiences, writing workshops, live readings, and thought-provoking discussion sessions. Great Books staff will lead discussions of texts by Carolyn Martineau, Carl Sandburg, Paul Dailing or Gwendolyn Brooks, allowing students to reflect on and engage with the work of artists featured in the exhibit. The symposium will be an exciting and full day for participating students, beginning with Chicago History Museum historian Peter Alter introducing students to the notion that our understanding of Chicago is shaped by those who have written
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#GivingVoice on #GivingTuesday


“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” —Winston Churchill

Are you familiar with  #GivingTuesday? After the abundance of Thanksgiving and the mad rush of shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, the first Tuesday of December is a day dedicated to giving back. This year we’re excited to launch our first #GivingTuesday campaign: #GivingVoice! We want to celebrate #GivingVoice to readers of all ages for over 70 years, hear your stories about how reading and discussion gave you your voice, and encourage you to support the Great Books mission.
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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




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