Wednesday, September 17, 2014

How Are You Celebrating Constitution Day?

In honor of Constitution Day TED-Ed, the educational arm of TED, has compiled four TED-Ed lessons devoted to the signing and creation of the US Constitution. As part of these lessons, Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, provides an interesting look into the creation of the executive branch and the role of the president. Check out the full lesson and brush up on your Constitution knowledge here!

Friday, September 12, 2014

How do history and biology define us?

Dr. Yuval Noah Harari is making waves with his revolutionary approach to the history of humankind. In his upcoming book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, Dr. Harari explains that of the six different species of humans that inhabited Earth over a hundred thousand years ago Homo sapiens survived "because it is the only animal that can believe in things that exist purely in its own imagination." This provocative statement is just the foundation of the innovative perspective Dr. Harari is bringing to the discussion. See a brief teaser for Sapiens (on sale 2/10) below!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A New History of the Civil War: Four Female Spies

Karen Abbott's Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy tells the story of four courageous women who became spies during the Civil War. Based on primary source material and interviews with the descendants of the spies, Abbott brings the incredible adventures to life with a fascinating cast of real-life characters, black-and-white photos, and maps. This little known piece of history is already grabbing the attention of many including a featured list on And, Erik Larson said, "With this book, Karen Abbott declares herself the John le Carré of Civil War espionage--with the added benefit that the saga she tells is all true and beautifully researched." Start reading now!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kenneth C. Davis discusses the importance and history of the Labor Day weekend

While most of us were enjoying the end of summer with barbeques and other outdoor activities, Kenneth C. Davis, author of the Don't Know Much About series, sat down with the CBS This Morning co-hosts to remind us what the holiday really means in terms of our Nation's history.

Click here for the full explanation and be sure to follow Kenneth's blog!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Congratulations Robert Hass!

Pulitzer Prize-winner and former poet laureate Robert Hass will be honored October 17th with the 2014 Wallace Stevens Award. The Academy of American Poets awards this $100,000 poetry prize annually to an outstanding writer who has proven mastery in the art of poetry. Hass, the author of Time and Materials, has previously been honored with a National Book Award, two National Book Critics Circle Awards, a MacArthur Fellowship, and the William Carlos Williams Award. 

For more information on Robert Hass and his work visit

Friday, August 22, 2014

New Common Core-aligned Teaching Guides Available!

Our free Common Core-aligned Teaching Guides are multiplying! We've just added Agatha Christie's And Then There Were None and Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Congratulations Louise Erdrich!

Louise Erdrich, a HarperCollins author and owner of Birchbark Books & Native Arts in Minnesota, will be awarded the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award on November 9!

Erdrich is being honored for an extensive body of work (including Love Medicine, Tracks and the 2012 National Book Award-winner The Round House) that promotes peace, understanding, and social justice. 

You can start reading The Round House now.