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book cover Paleobiologist Neil Shubin to host Your Inner Fish, a three-part documentary based on his book of the same title

Why do we look the way we do? What does the human hand have in common with the wing of a fly? Beginning Wednesday April 9th on PBS, Neil Shubin will reveal the answers to these questions about human evolution in a three part series, Your Inner Fish.

Visit the PBS website to watch the trailer and explore classroom resources, including teacher's guides, a visual tour through evolutionary history of the human body, and suggestions for further learning.

Can't wait for April 9th? Order an exam copy of the book—it will make you see yourself and our world in a completely new light.

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Knopf Doubleday is Thrilled to Announce the Class-Set Giveaway Contest Winners!

Thank you to all the dedicated high school teachers who entered to win a class set of books from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Through their entries, our winners demonstrated a love of teaching and thoughtful ideas for how these new books will be incorporated into their curriculum. It is with great excitement that we announce this year's winners, along with the books they have selected! Click here to view the full list.

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book cover 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.

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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.

news in brief

• 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.

new books

On the Come Up
By Hannah Weyer

On the Come Up"Formidable. . . . A moving account of AnnMarie's struggle to free herself of her baby's poisonous father and leverage her experiences into a better life."
San Francisco Chronicle



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Behind the Beautiful Forevers
By Katherine Boo

Behind the Beautiful Forevers"This book belongs on reading lists as a work that allows high schoolers to see the incredible hardships of life in a developing country." —School Library Journal, Adult Books 4 Teens blog


The Harlem Hellfighters

By Max Brooks

The Harlem Hellfighters"Informed by judicious historical research and vividly illustrated storytelling, this book itself is an historical 'first,' and is a major contribution to our understanding of Black History." —Henry Louis Gates, Jr.


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The Circle

By Dave Eggers

The Circle"A parable about the perils of life in a digital age in which our personal data is increasingly collected, sifted and monetized. . . . Fun and inventive."
The New York Times


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independent readers

Superman: Earth One Vol. 2

By J. Michael Straczynski
Superman: Earth One Vol. 2

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