Newsweek called KH's New Books level-headed and honest and nothing a young person couldn't stand to know, December 1990
Kentucky Humanities'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.
Nikky Finney’s Heartwood, the “tiny little book about the human heart and what it can do,” was first released by the University Press of Kentucky 25 years ago as part of Kentucky Humanities’ New Books for New Readers, a series designed for adult literacy students. In this expanded anniversary edition, with a new preface by Finney, readers will find lessons about life and understanding, and the encouragement to live audaciously while acknowledging the goodness that is all around us—if we only strive to recognize and embrace it.
You can purchase Heartwood at kentuckypress.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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.
KH 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, Kentucky Humanities 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.