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March 11, 2015

New spring picture books that are not to be missed!

I Don’t Want to Be a Frog is the book the Wall Street Journal calls, “…a paean to self-acceptance wrapped in snappy dialogue and illustrated with richly colored comic paintings by Mike Boldt.” This book is a perfect read aloud for classrooms and libraries. In case you missed it in our picture book brochure, here’s an adorable storytime craft to go along with it.

If that wasn’t enough for goofy animals, Julia Sarcone-Roach has a gorgeous new picture book that will satisfy your craving. For books that is, because as you’ll find out, The Bear Ate Your Sandwich. Take a peek inside to find out what happened to your sandwich and the bear!


(All illustrations © 2015 by Julia Sarcone-Roach and should not be reproduced anywhere without permission.)

March 11, 2015

March is Women’s History Month

Random House Children’s books honors the contributions of women throughout literature and history. These books from our collection follow the 2015 Women’s History Month Theme: Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives.

by Rosemary McCarney
Hardcover: 9780553521207
GLB: 9780553521214
EPUB: 9780553521221
by Anna Kemp; 
illustrated by Sara Ogilvie
Hardcover: 9780385371254


by by Amelie Sarn;
translated from the French by Y. Maudet
(a 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project Finalist)
Hardcover: 9780385743761
GLB: 9780375991288
EPUB: 9780385370202
by Carole Boston Weatherford;
illustrated by Raul Colon
(a 2014 Amelia Bloomer Project Finalist)
Hardcover: 978037585606
GLB: 9780375956065
EPUB: 9780385392464
by Jordan Stratford;
illustrated by Kelly Murphy
Hardcover: 9780385754408
GLB: 9780385754415
EPUB: 9780385754422


by J.C. Carleson
Hardcover: 9780449809976
GLB: 9780449809983
EPUB: 9780449810002
by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
Hardcover: 9780385755115
GLB: 9780385755122
EPUB: 9780385755139
by Esther Friesner
Library Binding:9780375954146
EPUB: 9780375982811



February 11, 2015

Random House Children’s Books Honors Black History Month

February marks the beginning of Black History Month, or National African American History Month; the annual celebration of achievements by black Americans and a time to recognize the central role of African Americans in U.S. history.

Random House honors this tradition with children’s books both by and about black Americans. Bring these gorgeous titles into your classroom and library.
Picture Books

by Barack Obama;
illustrated by Loren Long
Hardcover: 9780375835278
Library Binding: 9780375935275
EPUB: 9780375983290
by Renee Watson;
illustrated by Christian Robinson
Hardcover: 9780375869730
Library Binding: 9780375969737
EPUB: 9780375985379
Child of the Civil Rights Movement

by Paula Young Shelton;
illustrated by Raul Colon
Hardcover: 9780375843143
Library Binding: 9780375954146
EPUB: 9780375982811


You Never Heard of Willie Mays?!

by Jonah Winter;
illustrated by Terry Widener
Hardcover: 9780375868443
Library Binding: 9780375968440
EPUB: 9780375987823
Barack Obama: Out of Many, One (Step into Reading)
by Shana Corey;
illustrated by James Bernardin
Hardcover: 9780375863394
Library Binding: 9780375973710
EPUB: 9780385374781
Leontyne Price: Voice of a Century

by Carole Boston Weatherford;
illustrated by Raul Colon
Hardcover: 9780375856068
Library Binding: 9780375956065
EPUB: 9780385392464

Middle Grade

Bud, Not Buddy

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Paperback: 9780553494105

by Barbara Wright
Hardcover: 9780375869280
Library Binding: 9780375969287
EPUB: 9780375982705

by Tonya Bolden
Hardcover: 9780375827952
Paperback: 9780375827969
EPUB: 9780307792884


The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hardcover: 9780385321754
Paperback: 9780440228004
EPUB: 9780307568458
The Mighty Miss Malone

by Christopher Paul Curtis
Hardcover: 9780385734912
Library Binding: 9780385904872
EPUB: 9780375897368
Condoleezza Rice: A Memoir of My Extraordinary, Ordinary Family and Me

by Tonya Bolden
Hardcover: 9780385738798
Library Binding: 9780385907477
EPUB: 9780375896132

Young Adult

145th Street: Short Stories

by Walter Dean Myers
Paperback: 9780307976109
Library Binding: 9780385905381
EPUB: 9780385729840
Discovering Wes Moore (The Young Adult Adaptation)

by Wes Moore
Hardcover: 9780385741675
Library Binding: 9780375990182
EPUB: 9780375986703
Make It Messy

by Marcus Samuelsson
Hardcover: 9780385744003
Library Binding: 9780375991448
EPUB: 9780385374194


On a Clear Day

by Walter Dean Myers
Hardcover: 9780385387538
Library Binding: 9780385387545
EPUB: 9780385387552
What They Found: Love on 145th

by Walter Dean Myers
Paperback: 9780375845451
Library Binding: 9780375937095
EPUB: 9780307549181
Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina

by Michaela DePrince and Elaine DePrince
Hardcover: 9780385755115
Library Binding: 9780385755122
EPUB: 9780385755139


November 03, 2014

Recommended Reads

Give Thanks for Great Books

Enjoy these fall favorites from the Random House vault for Thanksgiving!


A to Z Mysteries
Super Edition 2: Mayflower Treasure Hunt
by Ron Roy; illustrated by John Steven Gurney
9780375839375 | Random House BFYR
The Story of the Pilgrims
by Katharine Ross;
illustrated by Carolyn Croll
9780679852926 | Random House BFYR
Pee Wee Scouts:
Peanut-Butter Pilgrims
by Judy Delton; illustrated by Alan Tiegreen
9780440400660 | Random House BFYR


Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #13: Pilgrims
by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
9780375832192 | Random House BFYR
The First Thanksgiving
by Linda Hayward
9780679802181 | Random House BFYR
Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday
by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca
9780375806155 | Random House BFYR


How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?
by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
9780375840142 | Schwartz & Wade
Oh My, Pumpkin Pie!
by Charles Ghigna; illustrated by Ken Spengler
9780375829451 | Random House BFYR
Dog Diaries #5: Dash
by Kate Klimo; illustrated by Tim Jessell
9780385373388 | Random House BFYR


May 30, 2014

Oh, the Places You’ll Go… trying to find the perfect gift for your grad!

In the world of graduation gift-giving, one book seems to reign supreme:

Oh, the Places You’ll Go! is beloved for its poignant, whimsical look at life’s journey and the many challenges one may encounter. It doesn’t matter if the student is in kindergarten, middle school, high school, or college—a reader’s appreciation of the story’s wisdom will change as they continue to grow and explore. Will they succeed? Yes! They will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed.)

 (We have more than a few ideas for incorporating the story into your graduation festivities. Check them out here.)

Want to try something a little different this year?  We have a few more suggestions that may make a perfect gift for your grad, no matter their age.



By Sally Lloyd-Jones; Illustrated by Sue Heap | Schwartz & Wade Books | 978-0-375-86664-7

Start grads off with a quirky and colorful tour of the job hunting process! With this helpful text, they’ll practice responses to key interview questions (Do you know how to use scissors? Can you dress yourself?), and learn the necessary skills for different industries (teachers need invisible eyes that can see behind them; magicians need someone who won’t mind being cut in half). This corporate heroine and her friends demonstrate that grads should strive to be anything they want, whether it’s Balloon Holder or President of the World.



By Dr. Seuss | Random House | 978-0-679-89477-3

With a mix of insight, humor, and inspiration, this collection of pithy quotes from Dr. Seuss will help business-minded readers get ahead in the one place wackier than anything Seuss himself could conjure up—the corporate world. This New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller makes the perfect gift for graduation that can be enjoyed with friends both young and old.




By Devon Kinch | Random House | 978-0-375-86735-4

Attention finance majors! It’s back to basics with Pretty Penny, a savvy saving guru who knows that if you want something, you’ve got to earn it. Before grads step into the Real World, invite them to join Penny on an entrepreneurial adventure, proving that good things come to those who save!





By Barack Obama; Illustrated by Loren Long | Knopf | 978-0-375-83527-8

There are few things more inspiring than reading the stories of trailblazing Americans. In this tenderly written letter to his daughters, President Barack Obama does just this, exploring the lives of thirteen great Americans who opened up a world of opportunity through their struggles. More than that, though, this beautifully illustrated title also focuses on the future–and the potential we have within ourselves to pursue our dreams and forge our own paths.





By Barbara Park; illustrated by Denise Brunkus |  Random House | 978-0-375-80292-8

Wowie wow wow!  You grad is graduating, and their old pal Junie B. is, too!  Make this a sentimental gift for older students who grew up reading about Junie’s misadventures, or a charming all-too-perfect gift for kindergarten students on their way to elementary school.






By R.J. Palacio | Knopf | 978-0-375-86902-0

This  #1 New York Times-bestselling story of a boy born with a facial deformity attending school for the first time has captured the hearts of hundreds of thousands of readers across the country–and has become a go-to pick for all-school reading programs and class graduation gifts. It’s an uplifting, beautiful meditation on choosing to be kind both in school and everyday life.






By R.J. Palacio | Knopf | 978-0-553-49904-9

In Wonder, readers were introduced to memorable English teacher Mr. Browne and his love of precepts. Simply put, precepts are principles to live by, and Mr. Browne has compiled 365 of them–one for each day of the year–drawn from popular songs to children’s books to inscriptions on Egyptian tombstones to fortune cookies. His selections celebrate kindness, hopefulness, the goodness of human beings, the strength of people’s hearts, and the power of people’s wills.







By Diane Muldrow | Golden Books | 978-0-307-97761-8

This humorous guide offers advice for getting the most out of life, the Little Golden Book way! Gleaned from The Poky Little Puppy, We Help Mommy, and many more classics, observations such as “Remember to stop and smell the strawberries,” “Don’t forget to enjoy your wedding,” and “Be a hugger” are paired with iconic images by Richard Scarry, Eloise Wilkin, Mary Blair, Garth Williams, and more.


Guest Post: I Pledge Allegiance
April 05, 2014

Guest Post: I Pledge Allegiance

By Pat Mora & Libby Martinez


PM: I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE is our first co-writing adventure. Did you feel we worked as equals, or did the fact that I asked you to refer to me as Your Ladyship prove an obstacle?

LM: I think the question may give readers the false impression that I am only required to refer to you as Your Ladyship when we are writing together…when, in fact, I am actually required to refer to you in this manner at all times and during all seasons, with each utterance always preceded and followed by a brief curtsy. Is this the correct forum to mention the strict tea and scone rules as well?

PM: Thirty years ago this year, I held my first book in my hands. How did you feel when you held your first copy of I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE?

LM: It was a surreal moment, in the best sense. To feel the glossy cover, to hear the book literally crack open for the first time, to see both of our names together, to see Lobo’s name in the pages and feel her warmth radiating from the exquisite illustrations…it is a moment I will never forget.

PM: You and our aunt (your great-aunt) whom we called Lobo are the central characters in the book. We dedicated the book to this amazingly loving lady. What is a favorite Lobo memory?

LM: Two of my favorite Lobo memories are sitting in our den playing Go Fish and Crazy Eights for hours together, and going to Luby’s cafeteria on Friday for lunch…we both loved coconut cream pie.


 Award-winning PAT MORA’s books include Tomás and the Library Lady and Doña Flor. She is an honorary member of the ALA, the highest honor the association bestows on non-librarian members. Click for more information on Pat

LIBBY MARTINEZ has worked in the Texas political arena, has served as the Director of School and Community Partnerships at the Philadelphia Zoo, and is the founder of a strategy consulting practice. She lives with her husband in Colorado Springs. Click for more information on Libby.