Notable Missourians—Free Books

Would you like some free books?

Truman State University Press, publisher of the Notable Missourians series, is offering schools and libraries an opportunity to get a free set of the 2014 Notable Missourians books. This offer is funded through donations from Truman alumni and others, and the number of sets supplied will be based on donations received.

Notable Missourians is a nonfiction book series for young readers in grades 3 to 6 about people who contributed to Missouri’s history or culture and who were born or lived in Missouri. Each full-color, 48-page, hardbound book is vividly illustrated with artistic drawings, historic pictures, maps to bring the text to life, and is filled with details designed to be a valuable resource for students at the appropriate age level.

The series meets the Missouri Learning Standards to build knowledge through reading and comprehension of more complex texts. Reading specialists have evaluated each text to check that it meets the appropriate reading level. This series was designed by historians, educators, and librarians who serve as authors, editors, and advisors.

The 2014 series includes Great Walker: Ioway Leader; Olive Boone: Frontier Woman; Sam Nightingale: Slave, Storyteller, and Conjure Man; Joseph Kinney: Steamboat Captain; Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth; and Helen Stephens: The Fulton Flash.

So how do I get these free books?

If you are interested in getting a free set of the 2014 Notable Missourians books, please e-mail us the following information at

  • Contact name and e-mail
  • School name
  • Mailing address

As donations come in, we will fill requests in the order they are received. If you are interested in more than one set of books for your school, please wait until you get the first set before requesting another.

If you have any questions about this offer, please contact us at