YA Brochure cover jpegWe are pleased to share our new guide “Ralph & Piggy, Meet the Wilder Girls,” which outlines the benefits of pairing young adult novels with classics in the classroom.

Teens want—and need—to read books that truly reflect our diverse societies and, even more importantly, our struggles. Contemporary young adult novels cover a variety of issues, and their use in conjunction with classic texts can highlight the universality of the human experience.

“Pairing core texts with books featuring YA voices through book clubs, literature circles, and independent reading provides chances for contemporary voices to enter the classroom conversation, allowing for comparative analyses in writing, sketch notes, and other creative assignments that explore thematic landscapes,” writes English teacher Kim Herzog, whose introduction to the guide highlights her own positive experiences pairing YA and classic novels as part of her curriculum. “Integrating YA breathes new life into curricula, allowing for added opportunities to engage even the most reticent learners.”

Click here to view and download a PDF of the guide.

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ncteWe are excited to announce that we are partnering with the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) to launch a new grant program for high school teachers nationwide.

Two teachers who use their creativity to inspire and successfully instill a lifelong love of reading in students will be awarded $10,000 grants to help make their innovative reading programs possible. In addition, honorable mentions will receive book donations for their classrooms from Penguin Random House. The National Teacher Award for Lifelong Readers will honor a teacher who inspires their students to read all genres of writing while the Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry will honor Dr. Angelou’s legacy by recognizing a teacher who inspires their students to love poetry.

If this sounds like you, or a teacher you know, we invite you to apply or nominate someone. More information, including the application and program guidelines, can be found here. The deadline to apply is May 31, 2019, and the grant recipients will be announced at NCTE’s Annual Convention on November 21, 2019, in Baltimore, Maryland.

184612_weir_andyBy Gillian King-Cargile, STEM Read Director, Northern Illinois University

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

Click here to listen to the podcast Gillian recorded with Andy Weir at the Argonne National Laboratory.

Over the summer, I had the opportunity to be Andy Weir’s interviewer and native guide on a week-long, whirlwind tour of Chicago and northern Illinois. Andy was the keynote speaker at the International Society for Technology in Education Conference (ISTE). He also entertained and enlightened listeners at STEM Read’s after-hours professional development party for teachers, a talk at Google’s Chicago headquarters, and a series of talks and tours at Argonne National Laboratory. (more…)

the wondrous workings of planet earthRachel Ignotofsky’s The Wondrous Workings of Planet Earth: Understanding Our World and Its Ecosystems presents an expansive and beautifully illustrated tour of our planet, exploring ecosystems large and small, from reefs, deserts, and rainforests to a single drop of water.  Making earth science accessible and entertaining through art, maps, and infographics, this newly published Ten Speed Press book explains how our planet works—from its diverse ecosystems and their inhabitants, to the levels of ecology, the importance of biodiversity, and the cycles of nature.

In this special interview with author and illustrator Rachel Ignotofsky, she walks us through her creative process, what inspired her content strategy, themes and objectives, working with her editor and the Ten Speed Press design and production team, and how she hopes readers of all ages will become empowered to help preserve and protect earth’s natural resources. 

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. (more…)

the far away brothersBy Lauren Markham, author of The Far Away Brothers (Broadway Books, May 2018)

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.

For the past decade, I’ve worked at a high school for immigrant students in Oakland, California. The school is a delayed mirror of world events; as people flee conflict and catastrophes the world over—from Syria, Afghanistan, Burma, Mexico, the DRC—some of the displaced inevitably make it to our school. One day in February of 2014, a co-worker introduced me to two dispirited young men: identical twins. Several months earlier, they’d left their parents and siblings behind in El Salvador, crossing through Guatemala, Mexico, and the Texas desert all on their own. Now they were terrified of being deported. (more…)

spacemanBy Jason Sheldrake, Assistant Executive Director, Sales, National Science Teachers Association

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.

“How do we connect the dots between a dream and reality? Education.”
—Mike Massimino, July 12, 2018

Former NASA astronaut and Spaceman author Mike Massimino kicked off the 2018 STEM Forum & Expo, hosted by the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA), with a presentation to a packed house of STEM educators in Philadelphia, PA, this July. Twitter was on fire, which was totally appropriate given that Massimino was the first person to tweet from space! (more…)

the classBy Heather Won Tesoriero, author of The Class (Ballantine Books, September 2018)

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.

In the fall of 2015, I was a producer for the CBS Evening News. We were planning to do an endpiece for the show about Olivia Hallisey, a Greenwich, CT, teenager who won the Google Science Fair with her invention of a cheap, rapid test for Ebola. Since I spent my first three years out of college teaching, I raised my hand to produce the piece. I thought it would be fun to spend a day back in a high school classroom.

What I didn’t know was that returning to high school that day would change my life. I stepped into Andy Bramante’s independent science research class at Greenwich High School, and I was riveted. The class had no textbooks, tests, or curriculum. Instead, kids work on individual science research projects throughout the year with the goal of taking them out on the global science fair circuit. (more…)