Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy
Penguin Random House announced its 2013 Teacher Award Recipients at a special event held during the National Council of Teachers of English Annual Meeting in Boston, MA. The winners are:
First Place ($10,000 Grant Recipient): Elizabeth Kelso, English Teacher, Ward Melville High School (Stonybrook, NY)
Second Place ($5,000 Grant Recipient): Marianne Berlin, Research Teacher & Media Center Director, Monrovia Elementary School (Monrovia, IN)
Third Place ($2,500 Grant Recipient): Lisa Fernbach, ESE Teacher, Killeran Lakes Elementary (Tallahassee, FL)
Click here to view photos from the event.
Click here for the 2014 Application Form and Teacher Award Guidelines.
2014 Alex Award Winners
We are proud to announce that Wesley Chu's Lives of Tao and Koren Zailckas' Mother, Mother were two of the ten titles awarded a 2013 Alex Award. Bestowed by the American Library Association, Alex Award winners are recognized as books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18.
For a complete list of past Random House winners, click here.
Class-Set Giveaway Contest!
Looking to add new books to your curriculum, but lack the budget? Knopf Doubleday wants to help!
The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group is offering teachers grade 7-12 the opportunity to win a class set (up to 40 copies) of the book of their choosing*, which will be donated to their classroom in early 2014. Complete the online entry form, and tell us which of our books from our High School lists you would love to teach in your classroom and why. Twenty winners will be chosen.
Deadline: All entries must be received by January 15th, 2014.
*The book selected must be published by one of the following Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group imprints: Knopf, Doubleday, Pantheon, Schocken, Vintage, or Anchor (Everyman's Library editions are not eligible for this giveaway.)
Now Available: Videos from the Fifth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators
On Friday, June 28th, 2013, Random House hosted its Fifth Annual Author Event for NYC Educators in its midtown NYC headquarters. The event was attended by 200+ K-12 educators, school librarians, and college professors/administrators. A PDF of the event program may be viewed here.
We are happy to announce that videos from the event are now available for all to view on the Random House Common Reads YouTube channel. Event photos may be found on the Random House High School Facebook page.
For your convenience, here is a list of the featured speakers with links to video of their talks (in order of presentation):
David Liben (Video), Student Achievement Partners
Chris Pavone (Video), author of The Expats: A Novel (Broadway Books)
Adele Griffin (Video), author of Loud Awake and Lost: A Novel (Knopf Books for Young Readers)
Emily Bazelon (Video), author of Sticks and Stones: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy (Random House)
Carlin Flora (Video), author of Friendfluence: The Surprising Way Friends Make Us Who We Are (Anchor)
Byron Hollinshead (Video), editor of I Wish I'd Been There: Volumes & II (Anchor)
Kimberly N. Parker (Video), speaking on A Time to Break Silence (Beacon Press)
• 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).
• Sonia Nazario
, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Enrique's Journey: The Story of a Boy's Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother
, addressed the United Nations in New York City on June 25th, 2013 about how to better manage global migration as part of its Panel Discussion on International Migration and Development. Click here
to watch Nazario speak to the UN General Assembly (Nazario appears at 23:50).
• Millburn High School in New Jersey has selected Born to Run
for Millburn's Second Annual Big Read! All high school students will read the book this summer and the greater community is invited to participate. Author Christopher McDougall
will visit the campus in October, coinciding with a charity 5K that is currently being planned.
• 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.
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in summing up the drama that already exists in life, if
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reading for any educator trying to negotiate the minefield
of bullying. Packed with valuable advice, the book brings
a welcome dose of sanity to an often overheated national
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ought to be included in high school curricula—for
the kids in the suburbs who have no idea what life is
like in the inner cities, and for the kids in the inner
cities to know that there is a way out." —The
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