Apply Now: Teacher Awards for Literacy
Funded by the Random House Foundation, Inc., the Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognize the nation's most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students.
Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the U.S., the awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant award payable to each teacher's respective school. In addition, book donations are made to the winners and runners-up.
The deadline for applications is September 1st, 2013. Click here for more information, including the complete award guidelines and application.
The awards will be presented at the 2013 NCTE Convention during the "Mentoring Matters" breakfast on Friday, November 22nd by actor Tony Danza, author of I'd Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.
New Knopf Doubleday Advanced Placement® Catalog
Knopf Doubleday is pleased to announce the publication of our 2013 Advanced Placement® (AP) catalog which features a selection of new and backlist titles suitable for almost every Advanced Placement® course, from Literature and History to Biology and Calculus. In this year's catalog we have identified exemplars suggested by the Core Common State Standards (Appendix B) which meet their criteria for complexity, quality, and range of reading that high school students will be required to engage with.
Please click here to view a PDF of the catalog online and feel free to contact us with any questions at or to receive a copy of the catalog in the mail.
Fifth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators
Are you a high school teacher in the Tri-State area or are you going to be in New York City this summer? If so, we invite you to our Fifth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators.
Held at the Random House, Inc. building in midtown Manhattan on Friday, June 28th from 12-3pm, the event will feature five authors who will each discuss and sign free copies of their book. The featured authors are: Emily Bazelon (Sticks and Stones), Carlin Flora (Friendfluence), Byron Hollinshead (I Wish I'd Been There), Adele Griffin (All You Never Wanted), and Chris Pavone (The Expats).
Also, the day's programming will feature special presentations from Student Achievement Partners' David Liben on the Common Core State Standards and educator Kimberly Parker on the King Legacy series. You won't want to miss it!
A free lunch will be served at noon. If you are not joining us for lunch, please be sure to arrive at least fifteen minutes before the start time of 12:30PM.
Click here for the official invitation. Click here to RSVP.
Questions? Email email@example.com.
Persepolis Removed from Chicago Public School Classrooms
The Chicago Public School district issued a district-wide ban on Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis, a coming-of-age memoir about a young girl growing up under a fundamentalist regime in Iran, sparking protests from students, teachers and faculty. The graphic novel has been read and taught in classrooms throughout the country for years.
After the news went public, Chicago Public School CEO Barbara Byrd-Bennett made a statement that the book was only being removed from seventh grade classrooms, "due to the powerful images of torture."
The choice to remove the book has been condemned by The National Coalition Against Censorship, the American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom and the Freedom to Read Foundation. Students, parents and teachers have openly protested the ban in Chicago.
• Susan Cain, author of the bestseller Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
(Crown), has won the prestigious Golden Gavel award. The award, presented annually by Toastmasters International
, is given to an individual distinguished in the fields of communication and leadership. Cain will accept the award at a dinner in her honor, held during Toastmasters' annual convention August 23rd in Cincinnati, OH.
• Is your high school classroom going digital? We're pleased to announce that titles by Sandra Cisneros
are now available in ebook format! This includes both English and Spanish-language editions of The House on Mango Street
, and English-language editions of Loose Woman: Poems
and Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories
• Click here
to read about U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor's book tour, her #1 New York Times
bestselling memoir My Beloved World
, and her effort to reach out to students across America.
• Be sure to tune into PBS on October 1st and 2nd for Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide
, a special two-night event based on the award-winning book
by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn.
By Joseph J. Ellis
briskly through the summer of 1776, [Ellis] portrays the
birth of independence as untidy, improvised, and at times,
miraculous. . . . A lucid and revelatory read."
—Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates
in the Attic
By Tom Reiss
Winner - Pulitzer Prize
Black Count is a dazzling achievement. . . . No one
who reads this magnificent biography will be able to read
Count of Monte Cristo or any history of slavery
in the New World in the same way again."
Louis Gates, Jr.
By Marcus Samuelsson with Veronica Chambers
Rooster's arrival in Harlem brought with it a chef who
has reinvigorated and reimagined what it means to be American.
In his famed dishes, and now in this memoir, Marcus Samuelsson
tells a story that reaches past racial and national divides
to the foundations of family, hope, and downright good
The Sweet Girl
by Annabel Lyon
captivating, wholly transporting new novel follows Aristotle's
strong-willed daughter as she shapes her own destiny:
an unexpected love story, a tender portrait of a girl
and her father, and an astonishing journey through the
underbelly of a supposedly enlightened society.
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