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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

Ayn Rand’s dramatic and thought-provoking novels appeal strongly to young readers. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, we provide free physical and digital copies of Rand’s novels, along with guides and lesson plans, to educators in the United States and Canada (including homeschool teachers). To date, 4,500,000 free books have been provided to more than 65,000 teachers!

 

If you are committed to teaching Ayn Rand’s novels this academic year, we’ll provide you with a classroom set, free of charge. Supplies are limited, so order soon! Questions? Write to us at [email protected].

PROGRAM PURPOSE

Ayn Rand was a radical thinker whose deeply philosophical novels challenge students to reconsider their views on fundamental issues. Anthem, We the Living, The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged — these works have become classics of American literature and never fail to engage young people and stimulate intense classroom discussion. By offering these works for free to teachers, we at the Ayn Rand Institute hope to encourage greater awareness and understanding of Rand’s stimulating perspective.

5 GREAT EDUCATOR RESOURCES

for teaching Ayn Rand’s novels in high school

PROGRAM INFORMATION

  1. You must be a middle school, high school, or homeschool teacher or principal to be eligible to receive the books.
  2. You agree to participate in a survey to share your feedback about this program and to offer a thank-you that we may share with donors who make this program possible.
  3. You must plan to teach the books within one year of their receipt.
  4. You may give the books to students for them to own and re-order for the following year. If books are re-used in a future year, please inform of us of this fact.
  5. Books are expected to be used with the appropriate grade levels. Anthem is available for grades 8 through 12. We the Living is for grades 10 through 12. The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged are for use with 11th- and 12th-grade classrooms.
  6. Books are for use only in schools in the United States and Canada.
  7. You will cancel your order if something changes and you are no longer able to use the books. If you have already received the books, you will give them to another teacher who can use them. Please inform us of this change.
  8. Participation in our essay contests is encouraged but not a requirement for receipt of the books.
  9. Books received through this program are not to be sold or used for any purpose other than teaching students.
  10. If you order digital books, the link you’ll receive will be unique to you and is not to be shared outside of your classrooms.
  11. By participating in this program you agree to receive program messages and related marketing messages from us, and agree to the Ayn Rand Institute’s Terms & Conditions and Privacy Policy.

 

Questions or special requests regarding these terms should be sent to [email protected].

FAQ

HOW MUCH DOES A CLASSROOM SET OF BOOKS COST ME OR MY SCHOOL?

We provide review copies of the novels as well as classroom sets to teachers and schools at no expense. This is a donor-funded program with no financial obligation to you or your school.

I’VE NEVER READ AYN RAND BEFORE. AM I ALLOWED TO GET A FREE REVIEW COPY OF ONE OR MORE OF HER BOOKS BEFORE COMMITTING TO TEACHING IT IN THE CLASSROOM?

Yes, you are welcome to order a free review copy of one or more titles.

WHICH NOVELS DO YOU OFFER, AND WHICH NOVEL IS APPROPRIATE FOR MY CLASSROOM GRADE LEVEL?

We offer Anthem for grade levels 8 – 12; We the Living for grade levels 10 – 12; The Fountainhead for grade levels 11 – 12; and Atlas Shrugged for grade levels 11 – 12.

MUST MY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE ESSAY CONTEST IN ORDER TO RECEIVE A FREE CLASSROOM SET OF BOOKS?

No, participation in our annual essay contests is not required to receive a free classroom set of books, but your participation is encouraged and appreciated! Receiving and evaluating essays helps us create more effective teacher resources for you, and the essay contests provide your students with an opportunity to further develop their critical thinking and writing skills. Of course, there are also the benefits of your receiving our popular teacher gifts and your students’ chance to win their share of the $30,000 in prize money awarded every year.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO RECEIVE MY SHIPMENT OF BOOKS?

Unless otherwise noted, all shipments are sent out approximately 3 – 4 weeks after they are ordered. To request an order be shipped sooner (or later) than that time frame, please email [email protected].

IS MY SCHOOL OR CLASSROOM ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE A FREE CLASSROOM SET OF BOOKS?

All public and private schools are eligible, although the aforementioned grade restrictions and conditions apply.

CAN I LET STUDENTS TAKE NOTES IN THE BOOKS? CAN I GIVE STUDENTS THE BOOKS AFTER THEY’VE BEEN READ?

Yes, you are encouraged to give the books to students for them to own.

AS A GRATEFUL BENEFICIARY OF THIS PROGRAM, IS IT POSSIBLE TO SEND ALONG A SPECIAL THANK-YOU? TO WHOM SHOULD I SEND IT AND HOW?

Yes, it is possible to send along a special thank-you to the donor(s) who made this program possible in your particular area. All such correspondence should be sent to [email protected]. To protect your privacy, your name, school and contact information will be removed unless you request otherwise.

I’M A LIBRARIAN AND WOULD LIKE A FEW COPIES FOR THE SCHOOL LIBRARY. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?

Yes, librarians are allowed to order up to three copies of each novel for their school library.

I DON’T TEACH ENGLISH, LITERATURE OR LANGUAGE ARTS. AM I ELIGIBLE FOR THIS PROGRAM?

Yes, you may order books for your classroom. There are no restrictions with regard to what subject or class the books are used for, as long as you plan to use them with students within a year of placing your order.

DO YOU OFFER COPIES IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE? HOW ABOUT LARGE-PRINT EDITIONS OR HARDBACK COPIES?

Unfortunately, the only novels we are able to send to teachers are standard, mass-market editions.

I HAVE A QUESTION NOT LISTED HERE. WHO CAN I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?

Please send questions to [email protected] or call 949-222-6550.

Further Reading

Robert Mayhew | 2005

Essays on Ayn Rand’s “Anthem”

An edited collection of essays on the historical, literary and philosophical aspects of Rand’s 1938 novella.
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Robert Mayhew | 2007

Essays on Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead”

An edited collection of essays on the historical, literary and philosophical aspects of Rand’s first best selling novel.
Buy the Book