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What do math and Harry Potter have in common?


What do Harry Potter and math have in common? A lot, if you ask “math man” Bob Krech.  Bob has worked as a teacher, principal, supervisor, and curriculum specialist in schools and written twenty-five books for teachers, parents, and students on making math fun and interesting.

For those of you who can’t join Bob’s session during our FREE Teacher Appreciation Week in NYC, he has 

shared his tips on how to bring the characters of Harry Potter to life with math!

It’s fun for everyone when you can bring a character like Harry Potter into your math class and link language arts ideas with mathematical ones. That’s what I’ve done with a project for elementary and middle school students I call “The Characteristics of Number” or “Who is 7?” Continue reading What do math and Harry Potter have in common?


Five questions with Kazu Kibuishi

Kazu Kibuishi is having a good year. (OK, fine, that’s an understatement.) The author and illustrator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series recently took on what many would consider one of the most difficult jobs: re-imagining the iconic Harry Potter covers—for all seven books in the series—in celebration of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

The new covers are dramatic, highly detailed, and indicative of the magic and mystery surrounding each story. You can view them all here.

When Kibuishi was last at our offices for the seventh and final cover reveal, he sat down to talk a bit about the project, his artistic process, and what’s on his mind. Watch it here! Continue reading Five questions with Kazu Kibuishi

Literary Classics: What’s the classic definition?

Shot_001With all the buzz surrounding Harry Potter right now, it seems fitting that I recently came across an online poll that posed an interesting question: “Does the Harry Potter series deserve to be called a classic?” This question immediately intrigued me, because it lead me to another more probing one: what makes a book a classic in the first place?

When I think classic literature, I think of the books I read in high school: Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, The Scarlett Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne, Animal Farm by George Orwell. I can appreciate my forced exposure to these types of books because studying them helped me become a better reader and a better writer. I believe that each of these titles and the others like them propose an inquiry into a fundamental theme of the human condition, and that the reactions they evoke within their readers reflect their literary genius.

However, I would be lying to say that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed reading most of what falls under the general consensus of classic literature. I found the majority of these types of books to be boring or dense, full of antiquated language and slow plots. These are not the first on my list of books to read over and over again, and they aren’t the kind of books that have truly changed or impacted my life.

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Winning librarians!

kkhp-box-front-lgYou may remember, a while back we hosted a call for submissions: in honor of the 15th anniversary of the U.S. publication of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, we asked public libraries across the country to tell us how they planned to celebrate the day. We narrowed down the entries and chose 15 to be named winners of the Harry Potter Public Librarian Contest!

Librarians are creative types, so it was no surprise to read their awesome submissions. From Harry Potter-themed food to trivia contests, house-sorting parties to Quidditch matches, wand-making to Potions classes, we saw some great ideas! These Potter parties will be held on or around August 27, 2013, the date when the new editions of the books featuring all new covers by #1 New York Times bestselling author/artist, Kazu Kibuishi are released.

So who are the lucky winners?

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The 7th and final back cover! Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

hp7Here we go — the back cover to the 7th and final book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

It’s another example of Kazu Kibuishi’s incredible talent. We’re curious: which of the seven back covers is your favorite? What about the front covers?

Remember, you can find them all here.

And while you’re clicking on links, check out the Harry Potter Reading Club!