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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.

 

HOW TO GET A JOB…BY ME, THE BOSS

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.

 

 SEUSS-ISMS FOR SUCCESS

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.

 

 

PRETTY PENNY SETS UP SHOP

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!

 

 

 

OF THEE I SING: A LETTER TO MY DAUGHTERS

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.

 

 

 

 JUNIE B. JONES IS A GRADUATION GIRL

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.

 

 

 

 

WONDER

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.

 

 

 

 

365 DAYS OF WONDER: MR. BROWNE’S BOOK OF PRECEPTS

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.

 

 

 

 

 

EVERYTHING I NEED TO KNOW I LEARNED FROM A LITTLE GOLDEN BOOK 

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.


March 04, 2014

The Penderwicks

Jeanne Birdsall’s beloved Penderwicks series has been refreshed in paperback!  Brimming with the magic and adventures of summertime, the books are centered on the lives of four charming sisters and their hilarious, often touching, interactions with each other and the world around them. When the first title, The Penderwicks, appeared on shelves, it was a National Book Award winner, a New York Times bestseller, and was named to countless best-of lists.  Its sequels, The Penderwicks on Gardam Street and The Penderwicks at Point Mouette, are equally beloved. (Psst–we have an Educators Guide for the series available to download!)

 Check out the revamped covers below:




A boxed set of the new cover is also available. And get excited, Penderwicks fans!  We’ll have some news in the near future that may interest you… 
 


February 07, 2014

Celebrating Presidents’ Day

Presidents’ Day was established as a federal holiday by an act of Congress in 1879–though, back then, the holiday was called George Washington’s Birthday! Originally celebrated on Washington’s birthday, February 22nd, celebrations shifted to the third Monday in February when the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1971, placing the date between the 15th and 21st. Fun fact: because of that, the holiday never occurs on Washington’s actual birthday (the 11th in the Old Style calendar and the 22nd in the New Style). This is especially ironic because, if you’re going to be technical about it, the day is still legally dubbed Washington’s Birthday. The term “Presidents’ Day” was created by advertisers in the 1980s, taking advantage of the fact that President Lincoln’s birthday also fell within the month.

There’s no standard name for the holiday, as different states celebrate the holiday with different names… but there’s still plenty of fun to be had in introducing your students to the remarkable men who have held the office of President of the United States of America!

George Washington

George Washington’s Birthday by Margaret McNamara; illustrated by Barry Blitt

Meet George Washington (Landmark Books series) by Joan Heilbroner

George Washington and the General’s Dog by Frank Murphy; illustrated by Richard Walz

 

Thomas Jefferson

Thomas Jefferson’s Feast by Frank Murphy; illustrated by Richard Walz

Meet Thomas Jefferson (Landmark Books series) by Marvin Barrett; Pat Fogarty

Jefferson’s Children by Shannon Lanier and Jane Feldman; photographs by Jane Feldman

Thomas Jefferson: President and Philosopher by Jon Meacham (coming soon!)

 

Abraham Lincoln

Abe Lincoln Crosses a Creek by Deborah Hopkinson; illustrated by John Hendrix

Abe Lincoln’s Hat by Martha Brenner; illustrated by Donald Cook

Meet Abraham Lincoln (Landmark Books series) by Barbara Cary

Abe Lincoln at Last! (Magic Tree House #47) by Mary Pope Osborne; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

Abraham Lincoln (Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #25) by Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce; illustrated by Sal Murdocca

The Lincolns: A Scrapbook Look at Abraham and Mary by Candace Fleming (Educator Guide)

 

Franklin D. Roosevelt

A Boy Named FDR by Kathlee Krull; illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher

Alphabet Soup by Tonya Bolden

 

 

 

Multiple Presidents

George, Thomas, and Abe by Frank Murphy, Martha Brenner; illustrated by Richard Walz, Donald Cook

The Look-It-Up Book of Presidents by Wyatt Blassingame

 

Presidency-Related Titles

As If Being 12 3/4 Isn’t Bad Enough, My Mother is Running for President! by Donna Gephart

A Letter to Mrs. Roosevelt by C. Coco De Young

Of Thee I Sing by Barack Obama


January 07, 2014

Celebrating Seuss’ Caldecott Honors

There’s no doubting the impact Dr. Seuss’ wonderful stories have had on the lives of millions, enriching them with memorable characters and imaginative wordplay, but, amazingly, his award credentials often seem to play second fiddle to his commercial successes.  We’re happy to say that these three stellar titles have been given some love, and have been reissued with the shiny medals front and center.  If you haven’t read these delightful tales, or haven’t added them to your classroom and library collections, now is a great time to dive into the fun.

P.S. Did you know that your favorite Seuss titles are now available as ebooks?