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Welcome to the Random School House, the official page for teachers and librarians from Random House Children's Books! Here you will find great downloadable resources, including reading group guides , educator guides, and activities, for your classroom and library, resources for teen reading groups, and information about author visits and appearances. To learn more about us visit www.randomhouse.com/teachers and follow us on Twitter @RHCBEducators

Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services
01/20/2020

Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services

😺BAKER AND TAYLOR'S CAT TALE OF THE MONTH😺
We wholeheartedly approve of books that recommend kittens to save the day, so our January pick is EMERGENCY KITTENS! (ISBN9781984830081), which brings the feline trio of Mimi, Twee-Twee and Adorbs to save a young boy named Sheldon from a bully. The kittens teach us that kindness can solve a problem that strength and muscle cannot.

01/20/2020
JUST MERCY | Bryan Stevenson - Official Author Video

"I want young kids to struggle against the things that are unjust." - Bryan Stevenson, author of the young adult adaptation of JUST MERCY

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s message is still important today. Hear from Bryan Stevenson about his struggle to reform a broken criminal justice system and why he seeks to empower kids to make a change.

https://youtu.be/f-rQaql8E-4

In this young adult adaptation of the acclaimed bestselling JUST MERCY, which the New York Times calls “as compelling as TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, and in some w...

CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone is a rising star!"An absolute firecracker of a book!" - Booklist, ⭐ review"A heartwarming, fa...
01/18/2020

CLEAN GETAWAY by Nic Stone is a rising star!

"An absolute firecracker of a book!" - Booklist, ⭐ review

"A heartwarming, family-centered adventure that will leave readers guessing until the end." - Publishers Weekly, ⭐ review

Get the educators' guide: https://images.randomhouse.com/promo_image/9781984892973_6648.pdf

Project LIT Community
01/15/2020

Project LIT Community

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From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations pa...
01/10/2020

From New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone comes a middle-grade road-trip story through American race relations past and present, perfect for fans of Jacqueline Woodson and Jason Reynolds.

Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with New York Times bestselling Nic Stone and an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem—his G’ma included.

"An absolute firecracker of a book!" - Booklist, Starred Review

"A heartwarming, family-centered adventure that will leave readers guessing until the end." - Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

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Educators' Guide: https://images.randomhouse.com/promo_image/9781984892973_6648.pdf

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Book trailer: https://youtu.be/8zKomZFZGoI

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Teacher & Librarian video: https://youtu.be/P4bh1JuR_Rc

New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone is back with her middle-grade debut, CLEAN GETAWAY! Set against the backdrop...
01/07/2020

New York Times bestselling author Nic Stone is back with her middle-grade debut, CLEAN GETAWAY! Set against the backdrop of the segregation history of the American South, take a trip with an eleven-year-old boy who is about to discover that the world hasn’t always been a welcoming place for kids like him, and things aren’t always what they seem—his G’ma included.

Explore the complexities of this novel with students using our educators' guide:
https://images.randomhouse.com/promo_image/9781984892973_6648.pdf

TOMORROW. Karen McManus goes on tour in Massachusetts to celebrate the publication of ONE OF US IS NEXT. There's a new m...
01/06/2020
Karen M. McManus | Penguin Random House

TOMORROW. Karen McManus goes on tour in Massachusetts to celebrate the publication of ONE OF US IS NEXT. There's a new mystery to solve at Bayview High, in the highly anticipated sequel to ONE OF US IS LYING!

Find out if she's coming to a location near you:
https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2144041/karen-m-mcmanus/

Karen M. McManus earned her BA in English from the College of the Holy Cross and her MA in journalism from Northeastern University. She is the New York Times bestselling author of One of Us Is Lying, Two...

01/02/2020
January 1, 2020

Have you read Candace Fleming's new book THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH yet?? Hear from Candy herself about her all of the interesting things she learned when researching her newest book. And may we add, it just received it's 5th starred review!!

A Mighty Girl
12/31/2019

A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: “How To Babysit A Grandma” by Jean Reagan - Daily Deal Highlight. Babysitting a grandma is fun but tricky, especially when it’s a sleepover at her house; fortunately this how-to guide is here to help! With suggestions for everything from keeping a grandma busy (she’d probably love to go to the park…) to how to say goodbye to a grandma, you'll be an expert grandma-sitter in no time. Oh, and don’t forget to reassure Mom and Dad not to be sad -- you’ll be back tomorrow morning!

One read-through this fun-filled book will show you why it’s a New York Times bestseller. Kids will giggle at the guidebook format and at the energetic, vivid illustrations by Lee Wildish that still let the love and togetherness of this grandmother-granddaughter pair shine through. For any child who loves spending time with Grandma -- or grandmothers who love being 'babysat' -- this book is sure to be a hit. Highly recommended for ages 4 to 8.

“How To Babysit A Grandma” is currently on sale for 61% off on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2Hfbdt8

This fun series also includes several companion books: "How to Babysit a Grandpa" (http://amzn.to/1Hjkn0o), "How to Surprise a Dad" (http://amzn.to/2nFrBKb), and "How to Raise a Mom"(http://amzn.to/2Grp5OQ)

For more of our favorite books about the special bond between grandparents & granddaughters, check out our blog post, "50 Books About Mighty Girls & Their Grandparents" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11781

Colby Sharp, Creator
12/28/2019

Colby Sharp, Creator

Nic Stone's middle grade debut was awesome! Can't wait to share Clean Getaway with kids. Such a wild ride.

Adding it to my list of awesome 2020 books.

https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2020

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12/19/2019

The Random School House's cover photo

OVERVIEW, YOUNG EXPLORER'S EDITION by Benjamin Grant at the Daily Overview and Sandra Markle is on the @NSTA Outstanding...
12/16/2019
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OVERVIEW, YOUNG EXPLORER'S EDITION by Benjamin Grant at the Daily Overview and Sandra Markle is on the @NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 2020 list! There are many ways to use this title in your classroom, and now we have a handy guide to help you get started:
http://bit.ly/OverviewActivities

YALSA
12/13/2019
YALSA

YALSA

Click here to see all of the current Best Fiction for Young Adults nominees along with more information about the list and past years’ selections. Aurora Rising by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff Knopf Books for Young Readers / Random House Publication Date: May 7, 2019 ISBN: 978-1524720964 In 2380, Tyler Jones, graduating cadet of Aurora Academy, rescues Aurora, a girl who has been in cryo-sleep for over 200 years and wakes with new, mysterious powers. [ 1,288 more word ]
http://www.yalsa.ala.org/thehub/2019/12/13/best-fiction-for-young-adults-bfya2020-nominees-round-up-december-13-edition/

Great news! A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Albert Marrin is a YALSA 2020 Nonfiction Award Finalist!"This masterfully woven s...
12/05/2019
Nonfiction Award

Great news! A LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS by Albert Marrin is a YALSA 2020 Nonfiction Award Finalist!

"This masterfully woven story is meticulously documented and asks tough, resonant questions about good and evil."

Congratulations!

http://www.ala.org/yalsa/nonfiction-award

Is everyone having a great #NCTE2019? It's about to get better! Join us tonight at The Ivy Bookshop for a conversation b...
11/22/2019

Is everyone having a great #NCTE2019? It's about to get better! Join us tonight at The Ivy Bookshop for a conversation between Nic Stone and Laurie Halse Anderson!

Good morning, #NCTE19! Join us in Booth #1110 at 1:30 for the chance to "Build Your Stack" with Candace Fleming titles a...
11/22/2019

Good morning, #NCTE19! Join us in Booth #1110 at 1:30 for the chance to "Build Your Stack" with Candace Fleming titles and discover upcoming books from Random House Children's Books!

#NCTE19 starts tomorrow, and Random House Children's Books has a stellar lineup of authors attending. Visit us in booth ...
11/21/2019

#NCTE19 starts tomorrow, and Random House Children's Books has a stellar lineup of authors attending. Visit us in booth #1110 to meet them and get a signed copy of their books!

#NCTE2019 attendees and Baltimore area residents, join us for this exciting conversation between Nice Stone and Laurie H...
11/19/2019

#NCTE2019 attendees and Baltimore area residents, join us for this exciting conversation between Nice Stone and Laurie Halse Anderson on Friday!

Check out this interview Scribblitt did with Chris Grabenstein and J.J. Grabenstein, husband and wife co-authors of SHIN...
11/08/2019
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Check out this interview Scribblitt did with Chris Grabenstein and J.J. Grabenstein, husband and wife co-authors of SHINE!
https://www.scribblitt.com/pressroom/celebrity/

Scribblitt™ is a launch pad for creativity where kids can write, illustrate and professionally publish their own books, comics and stationery. Scribblitt offers writing and illustration tools, interviews with celebrity authors, word games, writing contests and more!

Tri-state area teachers and librarians will not want to miss this!  Mary Pope Osborne author of the award-winning Magic ...
11/07/2019
Thalia Kids' Book Club: Mary Pope Osborne & Natalie Pope Boyce, The Magic Tree House

Tri-state area teachers and librarians will not want to miss this! Mary Pope Osborne author of the award-winning Magic Tree House series, and Natalie Pope Boyce, author of the nonfiction companion titles, celebrate the release of the new deluxe edition of Christmas in Camelot.

Join the authors on November 10 at 1 PM at Symphony Space to discuss the longstanding magic of their words with the venue's education director, Madeline Cohen. Actor Fred Hechinger (R. L. Stine's Fear Street, Eighth Grade) will perform an excerpt from Christmas in Camelot. Signed books will be available for purchase, and there will be an opportunity to take a photo with the authors.

https://www.symphonyspace.org/events/thalia-kids-book-club-mary-pope-osborne-natalie-pope-boyce-the-magic-tree-house?cid=email--DEDICATED--US_NYC_EN_DEDICATED_2019-RANDOMHOUSE_KIDS_20191106-V2--135299--11/6/2019&subsid=19337--51--6852402

Symphony Space is a performing arts center on the Upper West Side of Manhattan offering theater, film, literature, music, dance and family entertainment. Our mission is to connect art, ideas, and community through our programs and our commitment to literacy and education through the arts.

You've read THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, now discover KIKI & JAX: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP. This ...
11/04/2019
Marie Kondo, Nov. 16 | Live Talks Los Angeles

You've read THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP, now discover KIKI & JAX: THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF FRIENDSHIP. This new picture book from Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon is a story about two very different friends learning to make space for what has always sparked joy—each other!

And now you and your readers can see Marie Kondo and Salina Yoon live! Help us spread the word about their book event with Live Talks Los Angeles on November 16 at the Aratani Theater in downtown Los Angeles.

Event details and tickets available here: https://livetalksla.org/events/marie-kondo/

Hooray for BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN and Niki Lenz, Children's Author! What an honor to be on the 2020-2021 Texas B...
10/28/2019
Announcing the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award List - Texas Library Association

Hooray for BERNICE BUTTMAN, MODEL CITIZEN and Niki Lenz, Children's Author! What an honor to be on the 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Master List!

Students from central Texas announced the Texas Library Association’s (TLA) 2020-2021 Texas Bluebonnet Award (TBA) Master List at the Texas Book Festival on Saturday, October 26. The Texas Bluebonnet Award Master List is one of the most prestigious children’s literature lists in the country. Stu...

Nic Stone's newest book, JACKPOT, is out today!Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' ...
10/15/2019
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Nic Stone's newest book, JACKPOT, is out today!

Meet Rico: high school senior and afternoon-shift cashier at the Gas 'n' Go, who after school and work races home to take care of her younger brother. Every. Single. Day. When Rico sells a jackpot-winning lotto ticket, she thinks maybe her luck will finally change, but only if she--with some assistance from her popular and wildly rich classmate Zan--can find the ticket holder who hasn't claimed the prize. But what happens when have and have-nots collide? Will this investigative duo unite...or divide?

Nic Stone, the New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out, creates two unforgettable characters in one hard-hitting story about class, money--both too little and too much--and how you make your own luck in the world.

Discussion Guide: http://bit.ly/JackpotGuide

Lonni Lane Marketing
10/15/2019

Lonni Lane Marketing

Candace Fleming's fascinating AMELIA LOST is now available in paperback!

Learn more about booking school visits with Candace, including her program around Amelia Earhart for grades 4 up . . .

With Candace as their guide, students use their “detective skills” (critical thinking) to search for Amelia Earhart using primary sources -- report cards, letters, diary entries, archival film footage and more. They will also get a look at the behind-the-scenes making of National Geographic’s Expedition Amelia. This lively, interactive presentation is both thought provoking and entertaining, and includes elements of storytelling as well as plenty of humor to engage students.

www.lonnilanemarketing.com/author-bookings-profiles/candace-fleming

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10/07/2019

The Random School House's cover photo

Colby Sharp, Creator
10/05/2019

Colby Sharp, Creator

What are your favorite books from 2019? I'm adding Shine! and Roll With It to my list of awesome 2019 books. https://www.mrcolbysharp.com/2019

WeAreTeachers
10/03/2019

WeAreTeachers

Did you know that RJ Palacio both wrote AND illustrated her new graphic novel, which takes place in the same universe as Wonder? What a powerhouse! This is such a beautiful book, friends. You don't want to miss it.
Affiliate link. https://amzn.to/2nSAaE0

Look out libraries! Elbow Grease is coming your way!
09/26/2019

Look out libraries! Elbow Grease is coming your way!

Have you checked out John Cena? Or John Cena’s new book? It is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults! Here he is hanging out at the Spring Lake Library in Michigan. 💪

It's Banned Books Week! Random House Children's Books is committed to those who stand against censorship. We are proud t...
09/25/2019

It's Banned Books Week!
Random House Children's Books is committed to those who stand against censorship. We are proud to support our authors' right to write and our readers' right to read.
For discussion promtps, titles to discuss, and tips on how to take action, Click here: http://bit.ly/2lyrnpT

09/19/2019
Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman

‘She was a child in the first book, a baby in La Belle Sauvage and now she’s an adult. She’s been through this extraordinary adventure…’

Listen to Philip Pullman talking about the continuing journey of our beloved heroine Lyra Silvertongue – who returns in The Secret Commonwealth as a 20-year-old Oxford student.

The Secret Commonwealth: Volume Two of The Book of Dust is out on Thursday 3rd October.

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09/12/2019

The Random School House's cover photo

A Mighty Girl
09/09/2019

A Mighty Girl

A Mighty Girl Pick of the Day: “How To Babysit A Grandma” by Jean Reagan - Daily Deal Highlight. Babysitting a grandma is fun but tricky, especially when it’s a sleepover at her house; fortunately this how-to guide is here to help! With suggestions for everything from keeping a grandma busy (she’d probably love to go to the park…) to how to say goodbye to a grandma, you'll be an expert grandma-sitter in no time. Oh, and don’t forget to reassure Mom and Dad not to be sad -- you’ll be back tomorrow morning!

One read-through this fun-filled book will show you why it’s a New York Times bestseller. Kids will giggle at the guidebook format and at the energetic, vivid illustrations by Lee Wildish that still let the love and togetherness of this grandmother-granddaughter pair shine through. For any child who loves spending time with Grandma, this book is sure to be a hit. Highly recommended for ages 4 to 8.

In celebration of National Grandparents Day, “How To Babysit A Grandma” is currently on sale for 64% off on Amazon at https://amzn.to/2Hfbdt8

This fun series also includes several companion books: "How to Babysit a Grandpa" (http://amzn.to/1Hjkn0o), "How to Surprise a Dad" (http://amzn.to/2nFrBKb), and "How to Raise a Mom"(http://amzn.to/2Grp5OQ)

For more of our favorite books about the special bond between grandparents & granddaughters, check out our blog post, "50 Books About Mighty Girls & Their Grandparents" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11781

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Thanks for the advance copy of One-Third Nerd! I can’t wait to read it and add it to my classroom library!
If you are a book lover you have to read this book!!! ​Interest Level: 3-6 What if someone told you what you could and couldn't read? Would that be fair?What if you got in major trouble for even having a book that was not endorsed by the school? Would that be fair either? The answer to both of those questions is NO! Well, this is exactly what is happening to June Harper. When she checks out a book from her school library that her parents deem inappropriate, it starts a snowball effect of bad things. First, an amazing librarian is put on administrative leave; second, a majority of library books were hauled out of the school library; and third, kids are getting suspended for even having an unapproved book in their possession. When June's parents take away ALL of her person books, she is left with only one book that she is forced to hide. Then June comes across a a small house on top of a wooden post that says it is a Little Free Library. June is ecstatic when she finds a book in there. Little does she know that when she takes that book (and many more) that she will break all the rules to defend the rite to read. Not only is she dealing with all of this, she is also dealing with middle school problems like best friends and boys. Will Ms. Bradshaw, the school librarian, get her job back? Will June get her first boyfriend, even at the expense of her best friend? Most importantly, will June be able to make a difference with her parents, the school system, and the PTSA? Will books still be banned or will June and all of the other students be able to read what they want? This is a must read!! I have mentioned several times in my blogs that I am a fairly slow reader. Normally it would take me several days to read a 275 page book. Not this book!! I read this book in just a few hours. Once I started I could not put it down. I don't know if it's because it's such a fantastic book or if it's because this subject is a subject that I am passionate about. Kids should have the right to read what they want and just because you and I may not like a book does not give us the right to judge it. I was so proud of June and how she took a stand for the right to read even when it went against her "good girl" persona. If you are a book lover this book is a must read!! Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibraryPlace/ Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibrary/?hl=en Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27 Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1302875-laurie Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2…/library-book-reviews
Interest Level: 3-6 Imagine that your grandfather is in the body of a fourteen-year-old boy and goes to the same middle school as you do. How would you react? Well, Ellie actually loves spending time with her grandfather. And them being in the same school is a bonus when they get to work together on the county science fair project. In The Fourteenth Goldfish Ellie's grandfather, Melvin, discovered how to reverse time and become a teenager again. In The Third Mushroom, they stumble upon a way to grow missing body parts. Will this win them the science fair? Will Melvin stay in a teenage body forever? And what about middle school life? Can Ellie navigate friends, boyfriends, and a grandfather all at the same time? Read this fun and enjoyable book from Jennifer L. Holm! Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibraryPlace/ Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibrary/?hl=en Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27 Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1302875-laurie Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2…/library-book-reviews/
Interest Level: 3-6 What would you do if you were given a marionette doll and one day you touched her strings and you heard her thoughts? How freaked out would you be? Penny has spent so many years on the shelf in the museum watching all that goes on. Chance works in the museum helping Fortunato, an elderly man who inherited the museum from the cabinetmaker who was his teacher. When Fortunato is forced to sell the museum he gives Chance the life-sized marionette doll, Penny. When Chance touches Penny's strings they are able to communicate through their minds. What they don't know is an evil man is watching them and creates an opportunity for Chance and Penny to swap places. Penny is so excited to be in a human body, but not at the expense of Chance's soul. As Penny is trying to find a way to swap them back, Chance is stolen and now Penny doesn't know what to do. Chance's sister, Constance, steps in and is determined to save her brother. What she doesn't expect is to become friends with Penny. Will Penny and Constance be able to find Chance and swap back? Will Penny decide that she wants to keep the human body and leave Chance frozen in the wooden body? What about the evil man? Will he do whatever it takes to keep his marionette, even if it means death? This is a must read that you will not be able to put down until the end. Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibraryPlace/ Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibrary/?hl=en Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27 Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1302875-laurie Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2…/library-book-reviews/
Interest Level: 5-8 Imagine that you live in a place where you have to hide all of the time because you are being hunted? How would it feel to have to sneak around and hide all of the time? This is exactly Rook and Drift's life. They live in a place called Talhaven where magic used to abound. Then one day without any warning there was a great explosion in the doorway between Vora and Talhaven that causes the magic to die, or what magic is left is dangerous. Everyone who is left in Talhaven that has magic is now being sought after to be put in prison, or even worse, some just disappear. Drift and Rook are best friends. Drift can cause great winds with her magic and Rook can create magical doors to travel anywhere. Rook is always trying to create a door back home to Vora so that they can live in peace. One day when Rook has created a door a red fox jumps through and threatens everything they have ever known. Is the red fox an enemy come to harm them, or is the red fox the answer they have been looking for? Will Rook ever make the door to get them back home, or will Rook find out that home may be something different all together? Read this fast-paced, action packed, edge of your seat adventure to find out. This type of fantasy book is not usually my type of book but I received it from a publisher to review, so I did. Boy was I wrong! This book grabbed me from the beginning and wouldn't let go until I finished it. It was absolutely fantastic and Jaleigh Johnson now has a new fan! Do not miss this book!! Follow me: Blog - Blazer Tales - https://blazertales.weebly.com/ Facebook - Laurie’s Library Place - https://www.facebook.com/LauriesLibraryPlace/ Instagram - laurieslibrary - https://www.instagram.com/laurieslibrary/?hl=en Twitter - https://twitter.com/lauriepurser27 Goodreads - Laurie Purser - https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1302875-laurie Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/auburngirl2…/library-book-reviews/
#MTHEducator2018 Love the Magic Tree House! Such an inspiration for learning. Even down in NZ. My children are now learning that place like Pennsylvania are real! They love the history and Geography :)
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