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We hope you are in good health, and are thinking of you and your students, children, and patrons as we navigate these new conditions.

If you are putting together plans for teaching remotely or homeschooling your children and are looking for resources, visit the pages below for discussion guides, activities, and more available for FREE to download.

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A Message About Story Times and Read-Aloud Videos

In these uncertain and unsettling times, many of you are wondering how we can collectively continue to share our books and stories with students and readers everywhere. As a company, we are heartened by the role that books and reading can play to help connect us when we are physically apart. As you may know, our teams at Penguin Random House have been working quickly to enable virtual learning environments and livestreamed story times for educators, librarians, and booksellers, as well as our authors and illustrators. Today, we are pleased to share our plans for the open license we designed as an immediate measure to directly connect our books with students and readers while protecting the long term value of our authors’ and illustrators’ intellectual property. You’ll find all the details here.

Thank you for your shared commitment to storytelling and reading, and to our collective belief in the power of books to connect us—especially during times like these.

High School Resources

For Parents, Teachers, and Librarians

Young Adult Creative Writing Guide

A creative writing guide for students and writers of all ages to use at home!

 

A Good Girl’s Guide to Murder audio book!

Young Adult Supplemental Texts Brochure

Pair these young adult novels with classics while students are reading at home.

Discussion Guides

Additional resources

  • Get Underlined: Explore this online hub for all things YA that includes a robust writing community.
  • Pinterest: Visit our Pinterest page for more activities and book suggestions.
  • The Princeton Review: Discover test prep resources.

Middle School Resources

For Parents, Teachers, and Librarians

Fiction books with guides

In the Middle of It All

Read a little bit of everything. Read in the middle of it all. Books for the middle-grade reader who feels like everything is changing. Discover guides and resources for these literary middle-grade titles below.

Nonfiction books with guides

Explore our changing world, and think critically about our government with these nonfiction titles. Click the links for educators’ guides and activities.

Series for binge-reading

STEM books with guides

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Elementary School Resources

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Storytime books and activities

Click the resources below to discover storytime crafts to do at home! The activities can be completed with materials found around the house.

Spring/Summer 2020 Picture Book Brochure

Summer/Fall 2019 Picture Book Brochure

Spring 2019 Picture Book Brochure

Fall 2018 Picture Book Brochure

Sylvan Workbooks

Sylvan Learning is a tutoring provider with over 850 locations across North America. Their workbooks provide extra support and are great tools to continue building skills while students are away from the classroom! Discover all available workbooks.

Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss is ready to teach us about everything from the animal kingdom, to art history, to environmentalism and the democratic process. Use fun, printable activities to learn with Dr. Seuss!

Escape This Book!

This new series is Choose Your Own Adventure meets I Survived meets doodling! In the Escape This Book! series, the reader is the star of history!

Exercise and Meditation

It’s important to keep active and moving while we are all stuck at home. Here are some great books to encourage movement, mindfulness, and activity!

Imagination

The links below feature titles and activities that will stretch imagination muscles—in readers of any age.

Magic Tree House

This beloved classroom series has it all. From history to science, mystery to adventure, explore our world with Jack and Annie. Discover teaching resources below!

Nonfiction Books and Resources

Social Emotional Learning

Use the resources below to start dealing with feelings—what they are and how to manage them.

STEAM books

Explore fiction and nonfiction books and activities that not only deliver background knowledge but also model the potential uses of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education.

Step Into Reading

Step Into Reading is a comprehensive leveled reader program designed to give every child a successful reading experience.

Additional Resources

Looking for more ways to engage with great texts? Try out the links below to find read alouds, project ideas, and activities for the youngest readers.

Candace Fleming Author Essay

The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh

Charles Lindbergh: Comparing the Past to the Present

It began with the Lindbergh baby kidnapping.  That was the story I originally intended to tell.  But as I began corralling my research, the dominant personality that was Charles Lindbergh soon overshadowed everything and everyone else.  He was so complicated, so contradictory, so compelling.  To me, he was the true mystery.  Who, in fact, was Charles Lindbergh?  What really lay beneath his “Lucky Lindy” façade?  I had to know.  And so I charted a new course for my project. I would tell Charles’s entire story; try to understand his motivations; examine his complexities; explore the darker, less savory corners of his inner world.

When studying history, I always find parallels between then and now.  But as I read Charles’s journals, speeches and other writings, I was especially struck by the similarities – those common threads — between his time and our own.  Celebrity politicians.  “Fake news.” The impact of technology on society. White nationalism.  Immigration.  “America First.” All these threads are woven throughout Lindbergh’s story. They were the fundamental issues of his day, issues he wrote and spoke about.  They were entwined with his life.  They formed him.

Perhaps that is why the light this book casts on our present American moment seems so illuminating.  It wasn’t written with the purpose of making facile analogies between then and now.  Rather, it is the story of one fascinating, yet deeply flawed man and the times in which he lived.  By sweeping young readers into his world, they can see their own from another perspective.  And that, of course, is the purpose of biographies.  After all, how else can we learn about living in the present if not by true telling stories from our past?

About the book

Discover the dark side of Charles Lindbergh—one of America’s most celebrated heroes and complicated men—in this riveting biography from the acclaimed author of The Family Romanov.

First human to cross the Atlantic via airplane; one of the first American media sensations; Nazi sympathizer and anti-Semite; loner whose baby was kidnapped and murdered; champion of Eugenics, the science of improving a human population by controlled breeding; tireless environmentalist. Charles Lindbergh was all of the above and more. Here is a rich, multi-faceted, utterly spellbinding biography about an American hero who was also a deeply flawed man. In this time where values Lindbergh held, like white Nationalism and America First, are once again on the rise, The Rise and Fall of Charles Lindbergh is essential reading for teens and history fanatics alike.

SIX Starred Reviews for THE RISE AND FALL OF CHARLES LINDBERGH!

⭐ “ Absorbing and distressing in turns, this utterly prescient capture of a life—and the lives it influenced—is essential in classrooms and for history buffs alike.” — Booklist, starred review

⭐“ [A] smoothly written, even-handed biography…” — Bulletin, starred review

⭐“It’s not easy to write the biography of a person who elicits, by turns, admiration, sympathy, and revulsion, but Fleming has accomplished this juggling act, and in doing so, she has created a historical narrative that couldn’t feel more contemporary.” — Horn Book, starred review

⭐“Fleming expertly sources and clearly details a comprehensive picture of a well-known, controversial man.” — Kirkus Reviews, starred review

⭐“ A compelling biography of a flawed, larger-than-life man.” — Publishers Weekly, starred review

⭐“A must-read. Drawing on primary sources, including Lindbergh’s own journal, Fleming has crafted a cautionary tale of the downfalls of hero worship.” — School Library Journal, starred review

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