Grades K-6 Back to School 2021

Welcome back to school—we hope you are excited to kick off a new school year!

Start the year off right with a read-aloud from one of these new books that are sure to be classroom favorites! They are perfect for building your classroom community, inspiring thoughtful questions, and providing time for self-reflection. Be sure to check out the resource links below for activities, guides, and supplemental materials that can be used in class and for book clubs and guided reading groups.

Great Ways to Engage Community this Back to School

Read-Aloud Picture Books with Activity Pairings

Kick off the year with these fabulous read-aloud titles and discover easy get-to-know-you activities in this video featuring authors and illustrators! Click here to download the Back to School Activity Brochure!

Calm Corner

Chapter Books

Downloadable Elementary Resources

New for Your Middle-School Readers

Downloadable Middle-School Resources

Host a Random House Children’s Books Author at Your School or Library, in Person or Virtually!

Author visits are exciting events that foster enthusiasm for learning. When students meet authors, they are inspired to read more and become more engaged with the writing process. For information on best practices for a successful author visit, look no further!

The Random House Children’s Books author appearance coordinator will work with you to book the right author for your school or library.

Penguin Random House Open License Online Story Time and Classroom Read-Aloud Videos and Live Events

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 story time and read-aloud videos and live events, according to the following guidelines which have been extended to DECEMBER 31, 2021. (This Open License is not meant to grant permission for the posting of any pre-recorded audiobook product.) You’ll find all the details here.

Random House Teachers and Librarians