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The Random School House The official Random House Children's Books page created for teachers and librarians. Welcome to the Random School House, the official page for teachers and librarians from Random House Children's Books!
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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

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If you are attending #NCTE2020, don't forget to stop by the RHCB booth to enter the sweepstakes! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO
11/21/2020

If you are attending #NCTE2020, don't forget to stop by the RHCB booth to enter the sweepstakes! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO

School Library Journal
11/21/2020
School Library Journal

School Library Journal

The Watsons Go to Birmingham and MJ vs. LeBron: A Conversation with Christopher Paul Curtis

There is still time to meet the RHCB authors on their programs! Click the link below to see our full schedule! https://b...
11/20/2020

There is still time to meet the RHCB authors on their programs! Click the link below to see our full schedule! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO

If you are attending #NCTE2020, stop by our booth anytime to watch on-demand book buzz videos from some of your favorite...
11/20/2020

If you are attending #NCTE2020, stop by our booth anytime to watch on-demand book buzz videos from some of your favorite authors! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO

If you are attending #NCTE2020, stop by the RHCB booth to enter the sweepstakes! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO
11/19/2020

If you are attending #NCTE2020, stop by the RHCB booth to enter the sweepstakes! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO

Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services
11/18/2020

Baker & Taylor Children's and Teen Services

To celebrate the upcoming release of KATIE THE CATSITTER, we are raffling off ten fine art prints featuring ORIGINAL ARTWORK from STEPHANIE YUE, starring our favorite felines, Baker and Taylor! Enter here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/stephanieyue Good luck!

Project LIT Community
11/18/2020

Project LIT Community

We’re thrilled to announce that THIS IS MY AMERICA by @KCjohnsonwrites is a 2020-21 #ProjectLITBookClub selection! 📚💜

Project LIT Community
11/17/2020

Project LIT Community

We’re thrilled to announce that ISAIAH DUNN IS MY HERO by @kellyiswrite is a 2020-21 #ProjectLITBookClub selection!

If you are attending #NCTE2020, meet the RHCB authors on their programs! Click the link below to see our full schedule! ...
11/16/2020

If you are attending #NCTE2020, meet the RHCB authors on their programs! Click the link below to see our full schedule! https://bit.ly/2H9rPFO

#worldkindnessday2020 is a great time to join the Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Challenge!NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter...
11/13/2020

#worldkindnessday2020 is a great time to join the Wonder Certified Kind Classroom Challenge!

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between August 31, 2020, & April 16th, 2021. Open to US residents, 18 & older. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. See Official Rules at https://bit.ly/2YZX2kl for full details.

Discovery takes flight with Doug Unplugs, available now on Apple TV+ and based on the picture book by Dan Yaccarino! WAT...
11/13/2020

Discovery takes flight with Doug Unplugs, available now on Apple TV+ and based on the picture book by Dan Yaccarino! WATCH: apple.co/dougunplugs Apple TV #DougUnplugs

Nominate some lucky fifth graders to be a part of this super fun game show with beloved author Chris Grabenstein!
11/12/2020

Nominate some lucky fifth graders to be a part of this super fun game show with beloved author Chris Grabenstein!

More about the "Is Chris Grabenstein Smarter Than A Fifth Grader?" Game Show auditions. I am thrilled that School Library Journal's 2018 School Librarian of the Year Ali Schilpp will be our quizmaster. Deadline for video submissions is a week from today, November 19th. We'll record at 2 p.m. eastern on Saturday, November 21st.
https://preview.mailerlite.com/h3u2f1/1553096598551008862/i7x1/

Happy #Bookbirthday to THIS IS YOUR TIME, by Civil Rights icon, Ruby Bridges. Hear from Ruby TODAY at 7pm at a live virt...
11/10/2020
Ruby Bridges Discusses This Is Your Time at MahoganyBooks - Crowdcast

Happy #Bookbirthday to THIS IS YOUR TIME, by Civil Rights icon, Ruby Bridges. Hear from Ruby TODAY at 7pm at a live virtual launch event with Mahogany Books! Reserve your spot at the link below!

Inspired by the recent wave of activism led by young people fighting for racial justice, civil rights icon Ruby Bridges--who, at the age of six, was the first black child to integrate an all-white elementary school in New Orleans--shares her story and offers a powerful call to action with this elegant book.

https://www.crowdcast.io/e/ruby-bridges-discusses/register?utm_source=profile&utm_medium=profile_web&utm_campaign=profile

Join us for a conversation with civil rights activist, Ruby Bridges, as she discusses her new children’s book, This Is Your Time. Just in time for the holidays, this is a gift book to inspire.

11/09/2020

Civil Rights icon, Ruby Bridges, a hero to many, shares who her hero is. Don't miss her new book THIS IS YOUR TIME, available tomorrow! Random House Children's Books

Happening today! Christopher Paul Curtis and Nic Stone discuss the 25th anniversary of THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963...
11/05/2020

Happening today!

Christopher Paul Curtis and Nic Stone discuss the 25th anniversary of THE WATSONS GO TO BIRMINGHAM—1963. Join the conversation with Loyalty Bookstore tonight by registering at the link below.

https://www.loyaltybookstores.com/watsons

A Mighty Girl
11/01/2020

A Mighty Girl

Today's A Mighty Girl Community Pick: "She Made A Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein" by Lynn Fulton. On a stormy night two hundred years ago, Mary Shelley was anxious for inspiration to strike. Her group of friends had challenged one another to write a ghost story, and tomorrow was the deadline. The 18-year-old was eager to show that "a woman’s writing could be just as important as a man’s," just as her mother, the great women's rights pioneer Mary Wollstonecraft, had years before. After much discussion of science and philosophy, ethics and the secrets of life, Mary went to bed and dreamed of a story unlike any other: a story about science run amok, one that questioned who was the real monster. Her work, "Frankenstein," would become one of the world's most famous novels and Shelley is considered by many people today to be "mother of science fiction" with her unique melding of fantasy, horror, and science. With dramatic, elegant illustrations in watercolor and ink, this stunning picture book, released for the 200th anniversary of the publication of Shelley's groundbreaking novel, explores the inner life of this young woman who changed fiction forever. Highly recommended for ages 6 to 9.

"She Made A Monster" is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/she-made-a-monster

For two more picture books about Shelley, we recommend "Mary Shelley" for ages 5 to 8 (https://www.amightygirl.com/mary-shelley-little-people-big-dreams) and "Mary Who Wrote Frankenstein" for ages 5 to 9 (https://www.amightygirl.com/mary-who-wrote-frankenstein)

For teen and adult readers there is a powerful biography in free verse about Mary Shelley, filled with hundreds of black-and-white illustrations, "Mary's Monster," for 14 and up at https://www.amightygirl.com/mary-s-monster

For a fascinating book for adult readers about Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley and her mother, we also recommend "Romantic Outlaws: The Extraordinary Lives of Mary Wollstonecraft and Her Daughter Mary Shelley" at http://amgrl.co/2bxDv2w

To explore the science fiction and fantasy that Mary Shelley helped inspire, visit our "Science Fiction & Fantasy" book section at http://amgrl.co/2wfKIOZ

10/27/2020
Magic Tree House

Magic Tree House

BIG NEWS: For the first time ever, the Magic Tree House books are being adapted into graphic novels! Relive Jack and Annie's amazing adventures in this brand new format featuring beautiful illustrations by Kelly and Nicole Matthews. The first book, Dinosaurs Before Dark, goes on-sale 5/4/2021, pre-order your copy today!

Pre-order today: https://bit.ly/MTHGraphicNovel

The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Get ready for the Magic Tree House series by @MaryPopeOsborne in...
10/27/2020

The #1 bestselling chapter book is now a graphic novel! Get ready for the Magic Tree House series by @MaryPopeOsborne in a new and exciting format coming in May 2021!

Learn more:
https://bit.ly/3dZ7XB7

We are heartened by the ways books are connecting us during this difficult time. Penguin Random House is extending the t...
10/26/2020
Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events | Penguin Random House

We are heartened by the ways books are connecting us during this difficult time. Penguin Random House is extending the temporary open license program for online story time and read-aloud videos to March 31, 2021. More here: https://bit.ly/3b9PAad

In order to encourage reading and classroom read-aloud experiences, and to support schools and public libraries forced to close by the escalating COVID-19 outbreak, Penguin Random House is permitting teachers, educators, librarians, booksellers, and other qualified individuals to create and share st...

CONGRATULATIONS to NIC STONE on receiving the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award!
10/22/2020

CONGRATULATIONS to NIC STONE on receiving the NCTE National Intellectual Freedom Award!

Tonight’s virtual 2020 NCTE Awards recognized recipients of NCTE’s highest honors for their commitment and dedication to advancing literacy, the field of education, or the organization. Congratulations on your outstanding achievements! See honorees here https://ncte.org/2020-awards-event/

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone | Book Talk
10/21/2020
Dear Justyce by Nic Stone | Book Talk

Dear Justyce by Nic Stone | Book Talk

Wow! Nic Stone’s Dear Justyce totally blew me away. I don’t read many YA novels, but I am so thankful that I decided to read this one. It totally blew my mind. Check out my two books be…

We can’t wait!!
10/20/2020

We can’t wait!!

We can’t wait for our next Project LIT Book of the Month discussion!

A Mighty Girl
10/17/2020

A Mighty Girl

Today's A Mighty Girl Community Pick: "The Oldest Student: How Mary Walker Learned to Read" by Rita Lorraine Hubbard. Imagine learning to read at the age of 116! When Mary Walker was born into slavery in 1848, she wasn't allowed to learn to read — and even once she was freed at the age of 15, there was always too much work to do to learn... or so she thought. At the age of 114, she was still healthy and had outlived her family. It was time, perhaps, to follow that long-held dream: "Could someone her age learn to read? She didn’t know, but by God, she was going to try." Walker was certified the nation's oldest student twice over, and at 116, she learned! This inspiring new picture book about a remarkable woman whose life spanned from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement shows that, with perseverance and dedication, there's nothing you can't achieve! Highly recommended for ages 5 to 9.

"The Oldest Student" is available at https://www.amightygirl.com/the-oldest-student

For more books for children and teens about pioneering black women, visit our blog post "75 Books about Extraordinary Black Mighty Girls and Women" at https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=14276

To learn about our favorite Mighty Girl books for children and teens that celebrate the joy of reading, visit our blog post on "35 Mighty Girl Stories about Books, Libraries, and Literacy," visit https://www.amightygirl.com/blog?p=11656

For toys and games that encourage children’s literacy, visit our “Reading & Literacy” section at https://www.amightygirl.com/toys/toys-games/reading-literacy

The Next Great Chapter Book: Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo
10/14/2020
The Next Great Chapter Book: Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo

The Next Great Chapter Book: Our Friend Hedgehog by Lauren Castillo

I’ve been a big fan of Lauren Castillo for almost a decade. One of the first blog posts on this site was a review of her book Melvin and the Boy. Following her on Instagram is an amazing way …

tonies
10/09/2020

tonies

Greetings educators! Want to know how you could win tonies® Purple People Class Sets for your whole class?

In celebration of the lengths educators and schools are going to in order to keep learning infused with magic, curiosity and wonder, we're partnering with Wonderopolis to gift tonies® Purple People Class Sets to 10 classrooms across the US.

This special Class Set includes:
• up to 30 tonies® Limited-Edition Purple People Starter Sets
• features a Creative-Tonie with a free digital download of "The World Needs More Purple People," written/narrated by Kristen Bell and written by Benjamin Hart, brought to you by Random House Children's Books. This Creative-Tonie also holds space for up to 90 minutes of custom audio content.

Ready to apply? Visit https://tonies.fun/36pXPjg to learn how to enter! 💜 • #PurplePeople #Toniebox The Random School House

10/06/2020
American Ballet Theatre

RHTL ❤️s the Arts. Get arts education with downloadable activities for B IS FOR BALLET and BOYS DANCE, Random House Children's Books's new titles with American Ballet Theatre.

This week on ABTKids Daily 🎨🌟 Celebrate BOYS DANCE! - a new book created in parnership with Random House Children's Books.

Check it out! www.abt.org/ABTKidsDaily

Happy #bookbirthday to HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON by award winning illustrator John Rocco! A gorgeously illustrated oversize...
10/06/2020

Happy #bookbirthday to HOW WE GOT TO THE MOON by
award winning illustrator John Rocco! A gorgeously illustrated oversized guide to the people and technology of the moon landing.

Selected for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature Long List

"Strikingly beautiful."- The Horn Book, starred review
"A soaring tribute" - Kirkus Reviews starred review
"Nothing short of stellar" - Publishers Weekly starred review
"A triumphant undertaking" - Booklist starred review

For an educational video series from John Rocco full of fun facts behind the science in the book click here: http://www.howwegottothemoon.com/video-lessons.htm

The launch of DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone continues! Join the conversation by attending a virtual event with the author. R...
09/30/2020

The launch of DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone continues! Join the conversation by attending a virtual event with the author.

Register for an event here: https://bit.ly/3iZ5eJG

And don't forget to download our educators' guide: https://bit.ly/3hUB5dl

Project LIT Community
09/29/2020

Project LIT Community

We’re thrilled to announce that DEAR JUSTYCE (out tomorrow!) by Nic Stone is October’s Project LIT Book of the Month!

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone is available now! 🎉In this highly-anticipated sequel to DEAR MARTIN, incarcerated teen Quan wr...
09/29/2020

DEAR JUSTYCE by Nic Stone is available now! 🎉

In this highly-anticipated sequel to DEAR MARTIN, incarcerated teen Quan writes letters to Justyce about his experiences in the American juvenile justice system.

Develop a classroom unit around these two novels using our educators' guide: https://bit.ly/3hUB5dl

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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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