Telling Kentucky's Story

New Books for New Readers

Newsweek called KHC's New Books level-headed and honest and nothing a young person couldn't stand to know, December 1990

ABOUT THE PROJECT

Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc.'s award-winning New Books for New Readers is a series of books written at the 4th grade reading level for adult literacy students. The 64-page books are written by scholars with the help of literacy students and their tutors, and cover topics in Kentucky history, literature, and folklore. Some also appeal to elementary school students. The titles are are written with a simplicity of sentence and language but with a complexity of vision. Experienced readers find the topics so interesting that they do not notice that the text is 4th grade level. For a complete story of New Books for New Readers, click here.

NEW! DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

Discussion questions and answers are available for eight of the New Books for New Readers. Simply click on the book below to download the discussion questions for that book. For the answer key, you may email Kathleen Pool at kathleen.pool@uky.edu.

HEALING KENTUCKY
by Nancy Disher Baird

From the 1833 cholera epidemic and the story of Luke Blackburn, dubbed the "Hero of Hickman" and elected governor in 1879 after his efforts to combat yellow fever, to Louise Caudill's efforts to open the first hospital in Morehead, Healing Kentucky tells the story of the two-hundred-year struggle to provide good health care to all Kentuckians.

INTO THE WILDERNESS
by James Holmberg

This book, written at the 4th grade reading level, tells the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the greatest journey of exploration in American history.

THREE KY TRAGEDIES
by Richard Taylor

Learn about the defeat of a small army of Kentuckians by Indians at Blue Licks in 1782, the murder of a slave by two of Thomas Jefferson's nephews in western Kentucky in 1807, and the bizarre Beauchamp-Sharp murder in Frankfort in 1825.

FIGHTS FOR RIGHTS
by Ronald Eades

 From school prayer to flag burning, Fights for Rights touches on issues that will generate plenty of discussion among readers of all ages. Funded by the American Bar Association, this book will be of special value to adults learning English and working to acquire U. S. citizenship.

KENTUCKY FOLKLORE
by R. Gerald Alvey

Learn what folklore and folk culture are and enjoy a generous helping of the sayings, rhymes, songs, tall tales, superstitions, and riddles that make folklore fun.

KENTUCKY HOME PLACE
by Lee A. Dew

Kentucky Home Place tells of eight generations of a Western Kentucky farm family whose story begins in 1799 with a land claim and continues through the present, chronicling changes in both farming and rural lifes.

HISTORY MYSTERIES
by James C. Klotter

Four mysteries from Kentucky's past -- the disappearance of pioneer James Harrod and embezzler "Honest Dick" Tate, the battlefield death of Tecumseh, and the assassination of Gov. William Goebel.

HEARTWOOD
by Nikky Finney

Beneath our hard exteriors is our heartwood, our true nature. In this touching novel, two young women, Trina Sims and Jenny Bryan, discover how much they are alike despite their different skin colors.

WOMEN WHO MADE A DIFFERENCE
by Carol Crowe-Carraco

Short biographies of Kentucky women who had a vision of a better life for themselves and for others and the courage to make their ideas become real.

KENTUCKY GHOSTS
by Lynwood Montell

An entertaining collection of "haint" tales passed on through the ages, told by narrators who believe the stories to be true.

CHOICES
by George Ella Lyon

Thirteen warm, funny, and sad short stories about people making hard decisions for their families and themselves.

KENTUCKIANS BEFORE BOONE
by A. Gwynn Henderson

This book is an account of the lives of one Native American family living in Kentucky in 1585, 150 years before Daniel Boone was born.

HOME VOICES
edited by Mark Lucas

Stories from six of the South's finest writers: James Weldon Johnson, Jesse Stuart, Olive Ann Burns, Flannery O'Connor, William Faulkner, and James Still.

Where to Order

The University Press of Kentucky
663 South Limestone
Lexington, KY 40508-4008
e-mail: twell1@uky.edu

Books retail for $5.95 and many of the titles are sold in the Kentucky State Park gift shops. Books may also be ordered through the internet at www.amazon.com.

Credits

KHC would like to thank the following organizations for their assistance in the success of the New Books for New Readers project: National Endowment for the Humanities, The University Press of Kentucky, the Kentucky Humanities Council, Inc. Alumni Board, Kentucky Post, Louisville Courier-Journal, Moninger Schmidt Fund, Scripps-Howard Foundation, Financial Women International, Kentucky Heritage Council, Kentucky Dept. for Libraries and Archives, and the American Bar Association.