Educator Guides: By Educators for Educators, Now Easier to Access

By Spenser Stevens | May 20 2020 | General

Penguin Random House publishes a variety of educator guides designed to help support the teaching of our trade books in the classroom.  All of our guides are written by educators for educators, downloadable as PDFs and come in five different guide types, which are detailed below.


Please click here or on the button in the header to go to the dedicated Guides page, where you may browse titles that have at least one guide available. Guides are also discoverable on individual book detail pages. On the Web Catalogs pages you will also find a “Guides” filter that provides you the ability to narrow down results by the guide type you are looking for.


Discussion Guides

Provide questions, discussion topics, suggested reading lists, introductions and/or author Q&As, which are intended to enhance reading groups’ experiences. Some young-adult specific guides may be correlated to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


Educator Guides

Classroom-based guides appropriate for schools and colleges provide pre-reading and classroom activities, discussion questions connected to the curriculum, further reading, and resources.  Many guides are correlated to Common Core State Standards (CCSS).


First-Year Reading (FYR) Guides

Designed specifically to be used by faculty or program facilitators for college First-Year Common Reading programs.


School Counselor Guides

For use by school counselors for books dealing with topics like grief, bullying, and peer pressure.


Classroom Activities

Classroom activities supplement discussion and traditional lessons with group projects and creative tasks. Can be used in pre-existing units and lessons, or as stand-alone.