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August 04, 2015

Stacking Shelves for Back to School

Your bookshelves and classrooms are already stacked with classic books from some of your favorite Random House authors. Every year, we hear about copies of Holes that has to be sent to the “book hospital” from students and young readers tearing through the pages with enthusiastic reading. Remember the first time you read When You Reach Me? These un-put-down-able authors are back with more delightful middle grade novels that will supplement your collections. Summer might almost be over, but reading is just starting to heat up.

REBECCA STEAD is the author of three previous books for children. When You Reach Me, a New York Times bestseller, won the Newbery Medal and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award for Fiction. Liar & Spy, also a bestseller, was named a notable book by the New York Times Book Review and won the Guardian Prize for Children’s Fiction. Her first novel, First Light, was named a Best Book for Teens by the New York Public Library.

Guide Available for your classrooms.

LOUIS SACHAR is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Holes, which won the Newbery Medal, the National Book Award, and the Christopher Award, as well as Stanley Yelnats’ Survival Guide to Camp Green LakeSmall Steps, winner of the Schneider Family Book Award; and The Cardturner, Publishers WeeklyBest Book, a Parents’ Choice Gold  award recipient, and an ALA-YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults Book. His books for younger readers include There’s a Boy in the Girls’ BathroomThe Boy Who Lost His FaceDogs Don’t Tell Jokes, and the Marvin Redpost series, among many others.

Guide Available for your classrooms.

GENNIFER CHOLDENKO is the New York Times bestselling and Newbery Honor–winning author of many popular children’s books, including Notes from a Liar and Her Dog, If a Tree Falls at Lunch Period, Al Capone Does My Shirts, Al Capone Shines My Shoes, Al Capone Does My Homework, and No Passengers Beyond This Point.

Guide Available for your classrooms.


July 01, 2015

Career Day: What Do People Do All Day? by Richard Scarry

Does your school or community host a career day for young students to learn about their options for what they want to be when they grow up? Richard Scarry’s What Do People Do All Day? is the perfect companion for just such an event. With full color illustrations, this classic picture book shows and tells what busy people do every day to build houses, sail ships, fly planes, keep house, and grow food.


Use these questions to prompt students to talk about what they’d like to do all day when they grow up. Read along with Richard’s Scarry’s
What Do People Do All Day? to give an idea of all different careers.

What are you good at?

What do you enjoy doing?

Can your favorite hobbies help people in any way?

What do you like to pretend to be when you are playing?

June 23, 2015

Mr. Terupt’s Teaching Tips

Dear Educators,

I hope that you are already familiar with my first two Mr. Terupt novels, which feature seven different classroom voices in fifth and sixth grades, each with a unique story, and each with a different perspective on what makes their teacher, Mr. Terupt, so special. I love hearing about the many ways in which Mr. Terupt’s projects are being implemented in classrooms, libraries, and afterschool programs. Whether it’s dollar words, counting blades of grass, or sharing the same books and reading activities, Mr. Terupt has sparked new ideas and excitement. As a former teacher, I thought it’d be great if Mr. Terupt could share additional teaching tips. So I’m thrilled to introduce the first installment of Mr. Terupt’s Teaching Tips.

Mr. Terupt’s Teaching Tip #1: Getting Your Students to Revise

As teachers, we often grade and discuss only a final piece of writing. Sometimes that is what counts. However, part of becoming a strong writer is working on the process. If you want your students to value the process and to work at it—revision, especially—then why not create a rubric and grade them on it? Each unit of study would then conclude with a grade for the final product and a separate grade for the entire process. There are many parts of the writing process that you could include on that rubric, but a top revising score might mean the student was able to take your comments (and/or mini-lessons) and rework an area of the piece. Maybe several areas! Maybe several times! With the process rubric, you might find that your average writer will do more work because his process grade can be an A. Not only that, this student might start to feel better about writing and in turn show improvement. In addition, a gifted but unmotivated writer might decide to do more, and who knows? One day he or she might just turn out to be a writer—or a teacher or librarian!

I hope that you enjoyed Mr. Terupt’s first teaching tip. I’d love to hear from you if you found it helpful or if you have additional thoughts or ideas about revision. If you create a process rubric, I’d be happy to share it on my website. You can email me at rbuyea@robbuyea.com. The first ten people to contact me will receive a free copy of my new book, Saving Mr. Terupt!

Happy Reading!

—Rob Buyea
You can visit Rob to read more about his revision process and strategies at robbuyea.com. You will also find new Mr. Terupt’s Teaching Tips on the first Monday of every month, starting in August.

Educators’ Guide is now available.

HC: 978-0-385-73882-8
EL: 978-0-375-89615-6
GLB: 978-0-385-90749-1
            HC: 978-0-385-74205-4
      EL: 978-0-375-98910-0
      GLB: 978-0-375-99038-0
            HC: 978-0-385-74355-6
      EL: 978-0-449-81829-9
      GLB: 978-0-375-99120-2

June 23, 2015

ILA 2015 Author Signing Schedule

Meet Our Authors and Pick Up Free Classroom Resources! Join is in booth #1918.



10:00 – 11:00 A.M.



2:30 – 3:30 P.M.




10:00 – 11:00 A.M.



11:30 A.M. – 12:30 P.M.



1:00 – 2:00 P.M.



2:30 – 3:30 P.M.


June 11, 2015

ALA Annual 2015 Random House Children’s Books Author Signing Schedule

Join the school and library marketing team in San Francisco at booth #3001. We’ll be hosting the following authors for book signings.

ALA 2015
Random House Children’s Books Author Signing Schedule
Booth #3001


Saturday, June 27

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.       Sophie Blackall

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.       Louis Sachar

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Mary GrandPré & Barb Rosenstock

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.       Candace Fleming and Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       Jenny Hubbard and David Levithan

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Jennifer L. Holm and Gary Paulsen

Sunday, June 28

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.       Shane Evans and Paul Zelinsky

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.       Gennifer Choldenko and Bruce Coville

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.       Emily Martin and Il Sung Na

2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.       David Hofmeyr and Nicola Yoon

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.       Jen Bryant & Melissa Sweet

Monday, June 29

10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.       Candace Fleming

March 11, 2015

A Letter from Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder, authors of A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans

Dear Librarians,

How do two writers tackle the job of writing a book together?  We’re happy to tell you that it can be done without much fighting and no biting!

Larry and I are married and have been together for 30 years, both writing for over 40 years.  We have written well over 100 books, but A Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans is our first book written together.  We’ve talked about doing so, and we’ve often read each other’s manuscripts and given advice.  But this book idea caught our joint fancies, so we ran with it.  It’s been a happy adventure creating this magical tale of an elderly dragon and her 10-year-old human pet in contemporary San Francisco.  It was fun to imagine what Miss Drake and Winnie would be like and do, and we found ourselves enjoying being “partners in whimsy.”

Now we are very different writers.  Larry writes novels; I write poetry and non-fiction picture books.  He is the long-distance runner; I am the sprinter.  He is the lark up early and writing during the day.  I am the owl, rising later and working from sunset to the wee hours of the morning.   We have separate writing spots in the house, and we get together at mealtimes to discuss what we’re doing, work on plot points, and discuss problems.

We’re written two books in the series so far, and the way it has worked is this.  Larry writes the opening, we work on the overall plot, he writes some chapters, and I write others.  We share what we’ve done and rewrite and edit all the parts till we are happy.  Larry, as a novelist, has a much better understanding of plotting and dramatic arches, etc.  As a poet, I work on images and details and the emotional thrust of the book.  So we each bring the elements we know best to the story.

We both want to write stories with warm and enchanting characters that children will enjoy reading.  It’s been a special treat to work with Miss Drake and Winnie—and with each other.  Now we’re looking forward to seeing what we—and they—will do next.

Happy reading,

Larry and Joanne

A Dragon's GuideA Dragon’s Guide to the Care and Feeding of Humans
by Laurence Yep and Joanne Ryder
Hardcover: 978-0-385-39228-0
Library Binding: 978-0-385-39229-7
EPUB: 978-0-385-39230-3