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.

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9780805210156 I Never Saw Another Butterfly, a collection of drawings and poems made by the children held at the Terezin Concentration Camp from 1942 to 1944, is one of the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY) selections for their Social Justice Book List. Katherine Bassett, the CEO and President of NNSTOY and 2000 New Jersey State Teacher of the Year, writes on her own experience of sharing the book with her middle school students:

As a librarian I have long been struck by the power of books. Books can fill us with joy, bring us to tears, move us to action. Some books change the way we look at the world.

A book that profoundly changed me and many of my students is I Never Saw Another Butterfly: Children’s Drawings and Poems from the Terezin Concentration Camp, 1942-1944, edited by Hana Volavkova. (more…)

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

By Gillian Schneider, a teacher at Neuqua Valley High School and the recipient of the 2016 Penguin Random House Maya Angelou Teacher Award for Poetry.

maya angelouSitting at the NCTE secondary luncheon in November 2015, I found an application for the Penguin Random House Literacy Awards, including the Maya Angelou Poetry Award. I did not have a concrete idea of what I might propose, but by spring, I decided that I would make every effort to come up with something to support poetry awareness. I asked colleagues to read my application and suggest changes, and I asked students to help me with letters of support and haiku. The grant idea for “So You Want Me to Love Poetry? YES!” began as an appeal to students to stop saying “No” to poetry and start saying “Yes!” Once I submitted all of the required elements, I distracted myself. (more…)

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 Rhacademic@randomhouse.com with the subject line “Blanco.”

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Ballistics by Billy Collins

Got any budding poets in your classroom? Well, April is National Poetry Month, established in 1996 by the Academy of American Poets. According to www.poets.org, this is a time “when publishers, booksellers, literary organizations, libraries, schools and poets around the country band together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. Thousands of businesses and non-profit organizations participate through readings, festivals, book displays, workshops, and other events.”

What are your classes doing during National Poetry Month? We want to hear, so post your comments below!

Click here for a list of poetry books from Random House, Inc. you can incorporate into your class activities. Need to jazz up those classroom walls? Email us for a FREE Billy Collins Ballistics poster. Limited supplies.