January 2011

Read the important book that’s topping many school lists. Her name was Henrietta Lacks, but scientists know her as HeLa. She was a poor Southern tobacco farmer who worked the same land as her slave ancestors, yet her cells—taken without her knowledge—became one of the most important tools in medicine. The first “immortal” human cells grown in culture, they are still alive today, though she has been dead for more than sixty years.

In the following video clip, author Rebecca Skloot sits down to discuss the inspiration, impact, and process that went into The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.

The paperback edition of the book releases on March 8, 2011.

Here is the book trailer for The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore, which is now available in paperback! The video is drawn from Moore’s recent talk to from Philadelphia-area students. Help spread the word about Wes and his inspirational story by sharing this video with a colleague today.

penguin book of outer space explorationTHE PENGUIN BOOK OF OUTER SPACE EXPLORATION
Edited by John Logsdon
With a foreword by Bill Nye

To request a complimentary examination copy to review for classroom use, please contact us at K12education@edu.penguinrandomhouse.com or call us toll free at (844) 851-3955.

Edited by the founder of the Space Policy Institute, and with a foreword by Bill Nye, the fascinating story of how NASA sent humans to explore outer space. Told through a treasure trove of historical documents, this book traces major events like the founding of NASA, the first American astronauts in space, the moon landings, the Challenger disaster, the Hubble Telescope repairs, and more.

“Professor John Logsdon is uniquely qualified . . . to reveal the cultural, political, and scientific correspondence that birthed and sustains our era of space exploration.…It’s all there, right on down to transcripts of illuminating conversations held in the Oval Office between the President and key players in this epic adventure.” —Neil deGrasse Tyson

“The story of space exploration is marked by a series of turning points, a series of policy decisions. These decisions are documented well enough, but the key documents would be very hard to find, if you didn’t know where to look. Dr. Logsdon does. He’s the dean of space history.” —Bill Nye, from the foreword