2015 REVERE Award Finalists Announced
The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (Interactive Edition) and Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove: A Mystery with a Blinking, Beeping, Voice-Recording Gadget Glove You Can Build Yourself are both finalists for the 2015 REVERE Beyond the Classroom Awards.
The Beyond the Classroom competition "centers on products made for general fun, enjoyment, and stimulation used for informal learning and personal study." All entrants are subject to a rigorous evaluation process, which places emphasis on both professional educator analysis and feedback from product developers in the learning resource community to ascertain the finalists and winners.
The Annotated Pride and Prejudice (Interactive Edition), a finalist in the "Innovate" category, is being recognized as an original and creative classroom resource. The Interactive Edition contains the complete text of Pride and Prejudice with thousands of annotations, hundreds of illustrations, and multiple interactive features. Watch to learn more.
Nick and Tesla's Super-Cyborg Gadget Glove, a finalist in the "Play" category, is being recognized as a resource that specifically focus on learning through doing, allowing users to grow through imagination and exploration.
See a complete list of finalists here. Winners will be announced June 3rd at the Content in Context 2015 Conference.
Free Film Screening for Educators
On Tuesday, April 7th Broadway Books and the Freedom Writers Foundation are hosting a free screening for educators of their forthcoming documentary "Stories from an Undeclared War." The event will include a book signing and comments by guest speaker Erin Gruwell, teacher and founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation, as well as light refreshments.
Space is limited and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note that children and students will not be admitted.
To RSVP, click here. Once you sign up you will receive a confirmation email with location and other details.
Sir Terry Pratchett Dies at 66
We are deeply saddened to announce that fantasy author Sir Terry Pratchett has died at age 66, after battling Alzheimer's disease for eight years. Best known for the Discworld series, the latest of which is Raising Steam, Pratchett wrote more than 70 books during a career that spanned over four decades. "The world has lost one of its brightest, sharpest minds," said Larry Finlay, Transworld's managing director. "As all who read him know, Discworld was his vehicle to satirize this world: he did so brilliantly, with great skill, enormous humor and constant invention."
• Emily Bazelon
, author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy
(Random House Trade Paperbacks), recently spoke at the 2015 National Association of Independent Schools Annual Conference in Boston, MA. Click here
to watch a video clip of her talk.
• Erin Gruwell
, founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation (currently celebrating its 20th anniversary), recently hosted a symposium in Washington, DC to commemorate National Teacher Appreciation Day. For video and photos of the event, click here
. For books by Erin Gruwell and the Freedom Writers, click here
• Anne Moody
, author of Coming of Age in Mississippi
(Dell), died on February 5th at her home in Gloster, Mississippi at the age of 74. A classic autobiography of a young girl growing up poor and black in the rural South, Coming of Age in Mississippi
is required reading on school lists nationwide.
• Be sure to tune in and watch American Promise
, premiering on POV, the Emmy Award-winning PBS series, on Monday, February 3, 2014. Created and directed by Joe Brewster, M.D., and Michèle Stephenson, this documentary also ties into their new book Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and Life
(Spiegel & Grau).
By Brian Catling
phosphorescent masterpiece. . . . Easily the current century's
first landmark work of fantasy. . . . A brilliant and
sustained piece of invention which establishes a benchmark
not just for imaginative writing but for the human imagination
in itself. . . . Read this book, and marvel." —Alan
Moore , author of Watchmen
Third Chimpanzee for Young People
By Jared Diamond
Adapted by Rebecca Steffoff
readers interested in any fields related to evolutionary
science, anthropology, psychology, human history, and
culture will find plenty to ponder." —John
Peters, School Library Journal
Girl at War
By Sara Novic
piercing clarity and devastating wit, Sara Novic traces
the enduring fallout of a childhood interrupted by conflict.
Girl at War is a deeply affecting meditation
on identity and memory, loss and survival, and what it
means to feel at home in the world." —Jennifer
duBois, author of Cartwheel
Partial History of Lost Causes
The Book of Aron
By Jim Shepard
moving novel bears witness to human complexity with an
uncompromising compassion. It is a testament not only
to Janusz Korczak and the children in the Warsaw Ghetto
but to every child abandoned in war. History must open
our hearts to the present and this is Jim Shepard's powerful
achievement." —Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive
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