High School Catalog 2021 | Welcome Letter

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Dear Educators,

For most, summer is a time for taking a break; however, for many educators it’s often about reflecting on the previous school year, while starting to think about and prepare for the year ahead. This past summer, I am happy to say, our team was working right alongside educators as we held various educator summits, discussions and presentations to re-imagine our vision for Penguin Random House Education.

Through energizing conversations over many iced coffees, we were able to identify and begin work on ways to better enable us to serve educators and their students across the country. Our most important goal? To Inspire Teachers and Learners with Outstanding Books. This remains our driving motivation and we’re pleased to present in this catalog highly curated book recommendations for your English Language Arts, History, Social Studies, and Science curricula. Now, on to the books!

Studies continue to confirm the valuable role that graphic and illustrated texts play as resources to promote learning and engagement, and we’re proud to spotlight George Takei’s remarkable testament to diversity and inclusivity, They Called Us Enemy (pg. 22). This new graphic memoir recounts the actor, author, and activist’s haunting childhood imprisoned within America’s Japanese internment camps during WWII and “serves as a cautionary tale for the future” (School Library Journal). Takei will share his experiences with hundreds of teachers when he delivers the Opening General Session address during the 2019 National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) Annual Convention, in Baltimore, MD.

As always, we love hearing from you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to let us know about your classroom challenges and triumphs, the resources you need, and the books that are resonating with your students.

We’re here to help!

Kaiulani Williams
Director, Secondary Education Marketing
Penguin Random House
1745 Broadway, New York, NY 10019

P.S. Stay tuned for the launch of our brand new Secondary Education website, PRHSecondaryEd.com. Here, you will be able to browse books by grade level and subject area, discover our latest titles and collections, download corresponding teacher’s guides for both individual titles and thematic collections, and more.