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May 07, 2015

Celebrate Memorial Day with these Random House Reads

For most young students, Memorial Day is a simple as a free Monday away from school. For some people, it’s the mark to break out white pants and shoes as a sign that summer is on the way.

Memorial Day is about much more than the three day weekend. Begun as a tribute to more than 600,000 American soldiers who died during the Civil War, this day now honors all soldiers who died while serving our country.

Use these books to spark discussion about military history and Memorial Day traditions.

by Laura Hillenbrand
Hardcover: 9780385742511
GLB: 9780375990625
EPUB: 9780307975652 
by James Bradley and Ron Powers;
Adapted by Michael French
Hardcover: 9780385729321
GLB: 9780385900096
EPUB: 9780307979261


by Eric Haney
Hardcover: 9780385732512
GLB: 9780385902731
by Lucille Recht Penner;
illustrated by David Wenzel
Trade Paperback: 9780375822001
by Albert Marrin
Hardcover: 9780307981523
GLB: 9780307981530
EPUB: 9780385753401


by by Mary Pope Osborne;
illustrated by Sal Murdocca
Trade Paperback: 9780679890676
EL: 9780375894787
by Karen Schwabach
Trade Paperback: 9780375858673
GLB: 9780385755122
EL: 9780375893186

Families, Families, Families!
May 05, 2015

Families, Families, Families!

Celebrate families in all their wonderful, different combinations!

In Families, Families, Families! a host of silly animals represent all kinds of families. Cleverly depicted as portraits, framed and hung, these goofy creatures offer a warm celebration of family love.

Use this book during storytime to spark discussions about modern family dynamics. As you read, engage children with questions about their own families. When you’ve finished reading, ask children to flip through the pages and see if their family portraits match any of the images depicted. If their family were animals, what kind would they be?


Use our Family Tree Activity Brochure to supplement your story time.




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