Take Part in the Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon!

September is Roald Dahl Month. What better way to celebrate the birthday month of the world's greatest storyteller than to participate in a Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon?

What is it?

  • A reading challenge that kicks off in September for Roald Dahl Month!

How can kids participate?

  • Kids track their reading progress in the Official Reading Journal from September through December.
  • When they've read three Roald Dahl books, they have a parent, teacher, librarian, or guardian sign their entry coupon in the Official Reading Journal and mail in the signed coupon to receive Dahlicious prizes!

Here's how you can get involved:

For a complete list of the books by Roald Dahl, click here.

Look for our these new and exciting September updates

Check out these new and exciting additions to our Books4Boys website and get the guys you know reading!

Learn more about Roald Dahl, his life, and his creative process with this special author feature just in time for Roald Dahl Month Celebrations!

The September giveaway is a free advanced copy of the new Ranger's Apprentice, Book 9: Halt's Peril. Don't miss out—find out how you could win a copy by clicking here for the official rules and entry information.

Check out the series pages for great boy-friendly series, including George Brown, Class Clown and get great tips on bringing them into your classroom!

Some of our other favorite features on Books 4 Boys are:

  • VIDEOS, WIDGETS & MORE: which showcases the awesome multimedia we have available for our books from trailers to author videos to websites.
  • A WORD FROM THE AUTHOR: special notes written exclusively for this site from favorite authors about why they write for boys.
  • IF YOU LIKE...: a great way to compare our books and discover new titles.
  • CHECK IT OUT! FREE EXCERPTS: when boys aren't sure what to read, test driving a book can be a fantastic way to get them hooked.
  • BOOK CLUB TIPS & RECOMMENDATIONS: instructions on how to start a book club and suggestions for reads for every age level.
  • POPULAR SEARCHES: the best page for a reader who isn't sure where to start—see what's the most popular with boys right now!

Visit www.penguin.com/books4boys and start compiling a list of books your boys will like today!

We Give Books

The new, first-of-its-kind, literacy initiative combines the joy of reading with the power of giving!

We Give Books is a free website that enables anyone with internet access to put books in the hands of children who don’t have them, simply by reading online. Share the power and pleasure of reading, and teach children about the importance of helping others at the same time. For every children’s book read at www.wegivebooks.org, a brand new book will be donated to a nonprofit literacy organization you select.

Teachers—introduce your students (and their parents) to this in your back-to-school programs and use it to get everyone involved in reading

Librarians—use this program in your literacy outreach and introduce it as a great way to get excited about giving back this school year!

Visit www.wegivebooks.org today to start reading and giving!

New Contest from USBBY!

USBBY, the United States Board on Books for Young People, and the Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival announces an International Children’s Peace Drawing Contest!

This year, with the theme of Peace Story, the 5th Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival will be held from October 1 to November 14, 2010 on Nami Island, Korea. In celebration of the fifth festival, an international project of newly created and illustrated stories around the theme of peace is being published.

As an accompanying event of this International Children’s Book Festival, the organizing committee is pleased to announce the NAMBOOK-010 Festival Children’s Peace Drawing Contest. This contest is for children in every corner of the world who want to express their ideas of peace.

The deadline for submission of posters is September 10, 2010. For complete guidelines and the entrance form, go to the USBBY website or download the guidelines and entry form.

New John Grisham Middle Grade Series Now Available!

A perfect murder
A faceless witness
One person knows the whole truth... and he's only thirteen years old.
Meet Theodore Boone.

With two attorneys for parents, thirteen-year-old Theodore Boone knows more about the law than most lawyers do. But when a high profile murder trial comes to his small town and Theo gets pulled into it, it's up to this amateur attorney to save the day.

Get your copy today and bring the courtroom to the classroom with Theodore Boone. Download the components of this kit for FREE here:

Click here for more information on this exciting new series.

New and Noteworthy Titles

Featured Teacher's Guides And Activity Kits

Our page for Teachers Guides and Activity Kits provides great downloadables for use in the classroom—from reproducible activities to discussion questions to curriculum guides!  See how you can help your students get the most out of what they're reading both in and outside the classroom!

This month, we are featuring the Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon kit.  Please email schoolandlibrary@us.penguingroup.com with the subject heading "Roald Dahl Kit—Website" to receive a free copy of the Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon kit, while supplies last. You can also download the materials in the kit, including the Roald Dahl Reading Dahlathon Official Reading Journal, which includes the official entry form; a Roald Dahl Month Celebration Calendar with a new idea for each day of the month; and Reproducible Activity Sheets for use in the classroom or at home.

Featured Author of the Month—Robert Paul Weston
Robert Paul Weston

This month, we’re featuring Robert Paul Weston, author of the middle grade poetry book Zorgamazoo and the new teen novel Dust City.

Find out about Robert’s author appearances, inspirations for writing, and more about his books, which are great choices for both middle grade and young adult readers by visiting www.penguin.com/authorappearances!

In addition to getting information on which authors can come to your school and how to request them, you can also view our archive of monthly author features, which includes Anna Dewdney, Paul Volponi, and Jim Arnosky, as well as many more!

Classics for the Library and Classroom!

Click here for Discussion Guides and Curriculum Connections to enhance your reading.

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