April 21, 2014
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Max Brooks’ graphic novel The Harlem Hellfighters focuses on the 369th Infantry Regiment—the first African American regiment mustered to fight in World War I. Based on a true story, The Harlem Hellfighers takes readers from the enlistment lines in Harlem to the training camp at Spartanburg, South Carolina, to the trenches in France. Despite extraordinary struggles and discrimination, the 369th became one of the most successful—and least celebrated—regiments of the war.
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Click here to listen to Max Brooks’ NPR interview.
March 10, 2014
Thank you to all the dedicated high school teachers who entered to win a class set of books from the Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group. Through their entries, our winners demonstrated a love of teaching and thoughtful ideas for how these new books will be incorporated into their curriculum. It is with great excitement that we announce this year’s winners, along with the books they have selected! Here is the full list of winners. (more…)
February 7, 2014
This past fall Mike Filce, an English teacher at South Tahoe High School in California and longtime Lee Childs fan, discovered that adding a couple of his own Jack Reacher novels to his classroom library shelf was just the trick to get his reluctant readers to pick up a book, particularly a group of his junior boys. Check out the note Mr. Filce recently sent us:
I am a 20+ year veteran English teacher, and incidentally a long-time Lee Child fan. If you teach middle or high school, you know well the great challenge of engaging boys in reading, especially those “reluctant readers,” as it takes special authors and special stories to do so. Our English courses require reading and reporting by page goals, and when I introduced a couple Reacher books to my shelves that I had finished reading myself, in a short time they got snatched up and read voraciously. While at first I was surprised because I hadn’t expected these relatively longer books to be a hit, my male students responded to the fast-moving, highly engaging Reacher stories in the same way I do. (more…)
February 3, 2014
Ward Melville High School Teacher, Dr. Elizabeth Kelso, first-place recipient of the 2013 Penguin Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy, has penned a holiday letter to Academic Marketing Director Michael Gentile to express her gratitude for Penguin Random House’s support of educational innovation:
Being recognized by Random House was amazing. Seeing the room where I would speak had a similar effect. Thank you for grounding me and getting me to feel my message more than the space.
I am grateful to you and your team for creating an award program that supports educational invention. At this time it feels like education and schools are moving away from creative experiments that draw people together in the most basic and human ways. Recognizing The Living Book Project reiterates the importance of people coming together around story, experience and dialogue.
I am excited that our paths will continue to meet through this work.
Elizabeth Kelso (Liz)
Click here to view pictures from the 2013 NCTE Conference First-Timers Breakfast, where Dr. Kelso was presented the award.
Click here to apply for the 2014 Penguin Random House Teacher Award for Literacy.