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.
December 5, 2013
Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco’s new book For All of Us, One Today (Beacon Press, November 2013) just released and we are giving away 50 advanced reader copies! To win, be one of the first 50 people to send an email to Rhacademic@randomhouse.com with the subject line “Blanco.”
Please see below for terms and conditions.
October 30, 2013
“Science Bob” Pflugfelder, author of Nick and Tesla’s High-Voltage Danger Lab, made an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! to conduct experiments using centripetal force, with the help of Scandal actress Kerry Washington.
Science Bob is a real science teacher in Newton, Massachusetts and a first-time author who conceived the series as a way to get kids excited about science. Main characters Nick and Tesla, a shoutout to the famous inventor and engineer Nikola Tesla, are bright 11-year-old siblings with a knack for science, electronics, and getting into trouble. When their parents mysteriously vanish, they’re sent to live with their Uncle Newt, a brilliant inventor who engineers top-secret gadgets for a classified government agency. It’s not long before Nick and Tesla are embarking on adventures of their own—engineering all kinds of outrageous MacGyverish contraptions to save their skin: 9-volt burglar alarms, electromagnets, mobile tracking devices, and more.
Students are invited to join in the fun as each story contains instructions and blueprints for five different projects. An accompanying teacher’s guide is also available for the book here.