by Ken Ludwig, author of How to Teach Your Children Shakespeare (Broadway Books, July 2014)

Since my early teens, I’ve felt strongly about the value of Shakespeare, but it wasn’t until I became a father that I figured out how to share my passion with the people I love. One day, my daughter came home from first grade spouting a line of Shakespeare—“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows” from A Midsummer Night’s Dream—and at that moment, a light bulb went off in my head.

Starting that weekend, I set up a routine. My daughter and I would spend two hours each week memorizing speeches from Shakespeare’s plays. We started with short passages from the comedies and, gradually, increased the length and complexity of the passages we studied. To my delight, my daughter took to it immediately, and the hours we spent learning Shakespeare together were some of the best family times of our lives. (more…)

I Am an Emotional Creature by Eve Ensler

Eve Ensler, playwright, performer, and activist, is the bestselling author of The Vagina Monologues, translated into over 45 languages and performed in over 130 countries including high schools and colleges in the United States. Her experience performing The Vagina Monologues inspired her to create V-Day, a global movement to stop violence against women and girls. To celebrate V-Day 2010, Random House is proud to announce the publication of Ensler’s newest book, I Am an Emotional Creature: The Secret Life of Girls Around the World, a collection of fictional monologues and stories inspired by girls around the globe. Educators can sign up to download the curriculum by clicking here.

Check out the following piece by Ensler, “The Future Is Girl”. (more…)