Contests & Giveaways

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…)


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:

Dear Michael,

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.

Happy holidays.


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.

For All of Us, One Today by Richard Blanco

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 with the subject line “Blanco.”

Please see below for terms and conditions.


Funded by the Random House Foundation, Inc., the Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy recognize the nation’s most dynamic and resourceful teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a love of reading in their students.

Open to full and part-time teachers in public schools across the U.S., the awards consist of a $10,000 first place grant, $5,000 second place grant and a $2,500 third place grant award payable to each teacher’s respective school. In addition, book donations are made to the winners and runners-up.

The deadline for applications is September 16th, 2013. Click here for more information, including the complete award guidelines and application.

The awards will be presented at the 2013 NCTE Convention during the “Mentoring Matters” breakfast on Friday, November 22nd by actor Tony Danza, author of I’d Like to Apologize to Every Teacher I Ever Had.

NCTE_croppedRandom House announced the recipients of its first annual Random House Teacher Awards for Literacy at a special event held during last month’s NCTE meeting in Las Vegas, NV. The winners are:

Mary Andrews – First Place $10,000 Grant Recipient, Early Literacy Specialist, Estes Hill Elementary School – Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Margo Nauert – $5,000 Grant Recipient, Sixth Grade Teacher, Jay Stream Middle School – Carol Stream, Illinois

Lisa Muller – $2,500 Grant Recipient, English Teacher, Castle High School – Newburgh, Indiana

Photos from the event, which included an address from National Council of Teachers of English President-Elect Sandy Hayes, may be found here.

More information about the awards, including the 2013 application and program guidelines, may be found here. Application submission deadline is September 1, 2013.

Random House, Inc., in cooperation with the National Council of Teachers of English, is proud to announce the launch of The Random House Foundation, Inc. Teacher Awards for Literacy.  These newly created awards honor educators’ innovative ideas in the field of literacy education.   Three cash prizes will be awarded to help further or implement innovative practices in reading in K-12 classrooms.

Legendary educator Jonathan Kozol (author of the forthcoming Fire in the Ashes) will present the inaugural awards at the annual 2012 NCTE convention on Friday, November 16th.   The deadline for submissions is September 1st, 2012.  For more information, including the complete award guidelines and application, go to:

Yesterday we got to hang out for a little while with author Wes Moore, who dropped by the Random House headquarters building in New York City.  We asked him to sign one copy of his memoir, The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates to give to one lucky teacher. Check out @RHhighschool on Twitter to find out how to enter to win this autographed copy! Full rules here. (more…)

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