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Penguin Young Readers

Skype in the Classroom Brown Girl Dreaming winner of the National Book Award January is Snowy Day Month A comprehensive teaching guide to the works of Gayle Forman January 24th is National Readathon Day! Join readers across America in a marathon reading session on Saturday, January 24th from Noon -- 4 PM in our respective time zones. Follow #TimeToRead on Twitter. Find out more and how to get involved.

Stop by our booth at ALA Midwinter!

An Ember in the Ashes An Ember in the Ashes

ALA Midwinter is taking place on in Chicago from January 30th - February 2nd.

Come to booth number 4815 to meet Sabaa Tahir, author of the highly anticipated young adult novel AN EMBER IN THE ASHES.

We will be giving away 500 pre-signed galleys and hosting a champagne toast in our booth.

If you want more information about our upcoming spring and summer titles, be sure to stop by our joint book buzz with Penguin adult! (Image of buzz invitation) be sure to RSVP to librariansden@us.penguingroup.com

Sneak Peek at Winter 2015!

Winter Preview Postcard

What do a brutal Rome-like world, a young woman investigating her best friend's sudden death, a Middle Eastern refugee adjusting to American life at a boys' camp for tech detox, and a teenage girl caught up in a vast international conspiracy all have in common? They're all a part of Penguin Teen's Winter 2015 Preview Sampler! Get a sneak peek at six great new young adult books coming at you next year!

School and Library Staff Pick

Last Stop on Market Street Last Stop on Market Street

We should all ride the bus time and again with CJ and his Nana, simply to be reminded that there's beauty all around us, most especially in the unexpected. "Crumbling sidewalks and broken-down doors, graffiti-tagged windows and boarded up stores." CJ asks his grandma how come they always have to get off in the dirty part of town? "Sometimes when you're surrounded by dirt, CJ, you're a better witness for what's beautiful."

This award-winning pair of picture book collaborators, Matt de la Pena and Christian Robinson, take readers on a trip through a vibrant urban town in LAST STOP ON MARKET STREET, reminding us to look on the bright side and to take in the charm and magic around us, no matter where we live in the world. This book truly moved me, and the radiant illustrations throughout are nothing short of genius!

—Venessa Carson

Star News for Star Books!

Roller Girl cover

Roller Girl
By Victoria Jamieson
2 starred reviews!

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind cover

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
By William Kamkwamba
2 starred reviews!

Fish in a Tree cover

Fish in a Tree
By Lynda Mullaly Hunt
2 starred reviews!

Audacity cover

By Melanie Crowder
2 starred reviews!

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Imagination According to Humphrey
By Betty G. Birney
2 starred reviews!

Mosquitoland cover

By David Arnold
2 starred reviews!

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The War that Saved my Life
By Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
3 starred reviews!

Author Access with Betty Birney

Secrets According to Humphrey Betty Birney

1. What has been the most exciting part about visiting schools across the country?

I feel privileged to get a bird's-eye view of schools everywhere. I've been to every kind of school imaginable, from high-end private schools to rural schools to cash-strapped inner-city schools. Wherever I go, I'm struck by the universal caring, effort, generosity and creativity of teachers and librarians. I've also noticed that children everywhere have much in common as far as their likes and dislikes, hopes and dreams. And they all love hamsters. If I visited secondary schools, I might not see the same thing.

2. What is the most common question that young readers ask you?

Children and adults all want to know if I have a hamster at home, possibly named Humphrey. My answer (I don't) is very disappointing, but I have to tell the truth.

3. What has the One School One Book, or All School Reads, program done for Humphrey?

Obviously, One School One Book has greatly widened Humphrey's audience. The books are a natural for the programs, because Humphrey LOVES-LOVES-LOVES to be in schools. I relish the feedback from teachers and families about their experiences reading Humphrey together. Again, the creativity and hard work of the schools in putting on these programs is impressive!

4. What is one lesson kids can learn from Humphrey?

I think his genuine caring and concern for others is his best quality, but I hope people notice that he always makes a Plan before jumping into a situation paws-first. I'm like that, too.

5. What is the most interesting representation you've seen of Humphrey in schools?

That would be difficult to choose! Is it the depiction of all the characters done with pumpkins? The drawings of Humphrey posing as everything from a snowman to rapper 50-Cent? Humphrey cakes and cookies? The class in Rhode Island wearing hamster masks and the class in Oklahoma wearing hamster ears? I have seen amazing art everywhere I go, but what touches me the most are simple drawings of Humphrey with a huge smile on his face! To me, that's the essence of Humphrey and I love to see that young readers "get" it.

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