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Wee lads and lassies will go mad for Bruce Coville’s DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE
June 11, 2015

Wee lads and lassies will go mad for Bruce Coville’s DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE

This brownie is a treat for young listeners—but not the kind you eat! DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE is the first book in Bruce Coville’s hilarious new series, The Enchanted Files, about ancient magical creatures who befriend modern-day kids with hysterical consequences.

Bruce Coville is the popular author of over 100 books for children, including the bestselling My Teacher is an Alien series, and his new series is sure to delight a whole new generation of listeners. The master of funny fantasies has delivered a tale packed with Scottish lore and laughs galore! Told through a series of diary entries and other documents, DIARY OF A MAD BROWNIE is the story of one very messy girl named Alex, and a tiny magical brownie named Angus, who must work together to break a curse.

Dan Zitt, VP of Content Production at Penguin Random House Audio talked about his experience working on the audiobook:    

“I’ve known Bruce Coville for over fifteen years, so when Diary of a Mad Brownie hit my desk, I couldn’t have been more excited to work with him again.  After reading it, I knew what I had suspected all along, Bruce is a mad genius with a pen. Only Bruce could write a book from the perspective of a young girl and a figure from Scottish folklore, and make it sound realistic. As always, he takes us on a fantastical journey with distinct characters and dialogue that just screams to be transformed into an audiobook.

The real challenge with casting this audiobook was trying to find someone who can sound authentic as the tiny Scottish troublemaker Angus.   Luckily we found Euan Morton who is not a big troublemaker, but an amazing stage and audiobook actor.  Euan can morph his voice to sound like a character that is a foot tall, or a hundred feet tall, and we took full advantage of that with Angus.”

 

Listen to the Diary of a Mad Brownie Great Oath now!

 

FUN FACT: If you listen closely, you’ll hear special cameos throughout the recording from members of the Penguin Random House Audio team including Dan Zitt, Senior Vice President and Publisher Amanda D’Acierno, Marketing Manager Jennifer Rubins, Producer Karen Dziekonski, and Senior Marketing Manager of Random House Publishing Group, Joe Scalora!


June 11, 2015

School’s out, but summer reading is in high gear!

 

Have your readers already begun strumming the shelves in search of
the next great summer read? They will stop short once they 
come upon these YA favorites!

 

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All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

A New York Times bestseller
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Nominee

Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might die. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.

Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

Fall in love with both of them when they meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school and it’s unclear who saves whom.

All the Bright Places
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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

A New York Times bestseller
YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults
ILA Young Adults’ Choices Reading List
Texas Library Association Tayshas Reading List
Nominated for 9 State Award Lists
Pennsylvania Young Reader’s Choice Nominee

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

We Were Liars
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Every Day by David Levithan

A New York Times bestseller
YALSA Teens Top Ten
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Winner
Nominated for 10 State Award Lists

In his New York Times bestselling novel, David Levithan introduces readers to what Entertainment Weekly calls a “wise, wildly unique” love story about A, a teen who wakes up every morning in a different body, living a different life.

Every day a different body. Every day a different life.
Every day in love with the same girl.

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Another Day by David Levithan

If you’ve already fallen in love with A, see the story from Rhiannon’s point of view with Another Day by David Levithan, available this August.


June 10, 2015

Duncan (and your readers!) will love this storytime craft!

Duncan the Dragon loves to read. When he reads a story, his imagination catches fire! Unfortunately . . . so does his book.

Fire breath is great for roasting marshmallows, but it’s not so great for reading. Duncan just wants to get to those two wonderful words, like the last sip of a chocolate milk shake: The End. Will he ever find out how the story ends?

This bright, warm tale champions determination, friendship, and a love for books. And milk shakes!
Create a dragon to catch fire during your story times.

What you’ll need:
Toilet paper or paper towel roll
pom poms
googly eyes
red/orange/yellow tissue paper or streamers
glue
beads

1)     Paint your toilet paper or papertowl roll the color of your dragon. Use green to match Duncan!

2)     Glue googly eyes to two pom poms and set aside to dry

3)     Glue your fire-colored streamers or tissue paper to one end of the paper roll

4)     Add the pom pom eyes, and two beads for nostrils

5)     Blow through the opposite end of your dragon to make imaginations catch fire with Duncan

 


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?

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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.)