• Call Us


    The Great Books Foundation
    35 East Wacker Drive, Suite 400
    Chicago, IL 60601-2105

    800.222.5870 (toll free)
    312.332.5870 (outside of the US)
    312.407.0224 (fax)


    Our customer service department is ready to take your order, answer your questions, or solve a problem.

    Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., central time.

  • Email Us

    Please leave this field empty.

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.


Choose Your Own Adventure: A Conversation with Jennifer Egan & George Saunders

Imagining the future has long intrigued writers and readers. There are no constraints when envisioning our future communities and world, and that alone is incredibly appealing. Futuristic fiction takes us places that make us pause, as our brains, habituated by the predictable, work to catch up. Authors Jennifer Egan and George Saunders recently discussed the creative business of imagining and writing about the future in a  fascinating article in the New York Times Magazine.  If reading this piece leaves you eager to reflect on and discuss futuristic fiction, consider joining us for an engaging adventure at Great Books Chicago 2016 — Imperfect Ideal, April 30-May 1, 2016. The event revolves around discussions of George Orwell’s masterpiece,
Read More . . .

#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.
Read More . . .

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




Connect With Us