Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Welcome to the Frequently Asked Questions page for the Penguin Random House Elementary Education site!

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Furthering the mission of Penguin Random House, the PRH Elementary Education website provides access to unparalleled books and resources for teachers to help students foster the confidence and passion to engage with books and learning.

That mission informs everything we’ve done to create this website—from developing Teaching Collections, built for educators to support specific instructional intent like Socio-Emotional learning, STEM, and Social Studies—to PreK-6 grade level classroom resources and guides to infuse the classroom with great series like Seuss and The Magic Tree House, and author study with Jacqueline Woodson, Nic Stone and more.

The Penguin Random House Elementary website features over 20,000 books for the PreK-6 classroom—including numerous award-winning classroom favorites—the site presents new and classic fiction, non-fiction, and picture books from the Penguin Young Reader’s and Random House Children’s publishing divisions, as well as children’s publishers distributed by Penguin Random House.

Teachers will now be able to peruse book descriptions, read excerpts from inside the book, and explore titles by grade range, reading level, and subject area, including English Language Arts (ELA), Social Studies, STEAM, and Spanish-language, as well as Favorite Authors and Series, and Education and Professional Learning.

Use the Search function to look for blog posts or Teaching Collections that have already been created.

Yes. Along with discovering great books for the classroom, educators will also be able to find curated Teaching Collections in specific topic areas such as: Leveled Readers, Read-Aloud, Socio-Emotional Learning, Biographies, History and many more curriculum areas.

Categories and tags can be used to narrow down results when browsing Teaching Collections. Categories refer to broad topics (e.g. “English Language Arts”, “Math”, “STEAM”, etc.); tags refer to more specific subtopics within these (e.g. “Biography”, “Action & Adventure”, “Science & Nature”, etc.).

Every Teaching Collection and Catalog is manually created, accounting for relevance, age and grade, availability, and timeliness. To see all of our Teaching Collections and catalogs, click here.

Fiction books are found primarily in the English Language Arts and Spanish/Bilingual Books sections. Form those sections, you can find a wealth of fiction titles that apply to topics from across the disciplines.

Nonfiction books are found in discipline-specific topics throughout the site, as well as in the English Language Arts and Spanish/Bilingual sections.

Many of our titles are also available as eBooks and Audiobooks.
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If you don’t want to use one of the Teaching Collections already created on the site, you can create a customized collection using the Wish List feature.

Tap the heart icon next to any book you wish to add to a list. The heart will fill in when you’ve added that book to your Wish List and you can see the number in your cart increase in the header. (Tap the heart again if you wish to remove the title.)

Click on the cart in the header to visit your Wish List before leaving the site – from there you can download your collection of books as either a PDF or Excel file. You can also download your Wish List as a Cost Proposal Request Form. See Ordering section below for more information.

Note: depending on your computer preferences (i.e. you need to allow cookies), your Wish List may not be available the next time you visit the site so please download your Wish List before you leave. Also, the download functionality may be impacted by the browser you’re using; in our tests, we noted that Chrome seems to work best. If you’re using Firefox, please “save” the Excel grid to your desktop before you open it.

Yes, you can! Within any list, click on the small heart icon underneath the titles you wish to include in your refined list. When finished, click on the “Wish List” icon at the top of the page. A new page will open showing only the titles you’ve selected from the original list. ou can download your new collection into Excel or a PDF using the download icon located toward the top of the page on the right. You can also download your Wish List as a Cost Proposal Request Form. See Ordering section below for more information.


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Imagery used on the PRH Elementary Education home page were sourced from the following books, authors and illustrators, listed from top to bottom, left to right:
Magic Tree House Incredible Fact Book
by Mary Pope Osborne, Ill. by Sal Murdocca; The Thrifty Guide to the American Revolution by Jonathan W. Stokes, Ill. by David Sossella;  I am Sacagawea by Brad Meltzer, Ill. by Christopher Eliopoulos; DK Eyewitness Books: Planets, by DK; The Incredible Math Games Book, by DK; The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss; Carmela Full of Wishes / Los Deseos de Carmelo by Matt de la Peña, Ill. by Christian Robinson; Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock, Ill. by Mary GrandPre; Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Ill. by Daniel Salmieri; Sticks and Stones by Emily Bazelon; National Geographic Kids World  Atlas, 5th Edition by National Geographic Kids; Chakra Meditations by Swami Saradananda.


Creating a Cost Proposal Request Using the Wish List Function: Add the desired books to your Wish List by clicking on the heart icon under each title. When complete, click on the Wish List cart in the header to visit your full list. From the Wish List page, you can download your list as a Cost Proposal Request Form. Follow the instruction on Tab 1 of the Excel document and submit your Cost Proposal Request to Your PreK-12 Account Manager will get right back to you with your quote and instructions for ordering.


Creating a Cost Proposal Request for an Entire Collection: Click on the collection name to visit the full page for that collection. From the collection page, click on the download icon and select Cost Proposal Request Form. Follow the instruction on Tab 1 of the Excel document and submit your Cost Proposal Request to Your PreK-12 Account Manager will get right back to you with your quote and instructions for ordering. (To personalize a collection, see “Wish List and Customizing Teaching Collection FAQ above).

If you are interested in placing a bulk student copy order of any books or products featured on this website, you may place your order through your preferred bookseller or through an educational distributor. Many wholesalers are members of the Educational Books and Media Association, while others are not.
A list of distributors is below (if you are a distributor who is not listed, please email the relevant details).

Adams Book Company
“Adams Book Company was established in 1945 by educators. We serve the K-12 educational community as a single source provider of any book in print. We are committed to supplying teachers with new paperback literature, new textbooks and reconditioned used textbooks all at the best possible prices. To give our academic customers the best possible shopping experience we combine the convenience of an informative website with the ability to call a toll free number to our customer service department.”

Phone: 800-221-0909
Fax: 800-229-2650
Mailing Address:
80 Broad Street, 5th Floor
New York, NY 10004


AKJ Education
“AKJ Education is a national provider of books, classroom libraries, STEM resources, and digital subscriptions. We serve educators of all grades, from the early stages of reading through Grade 12.    Our goal is to remove the barriers – namely time and money – between you and the best quality materials for your classroom.   What you can expect when you work with us: the broadest selection in the industry, curated ready-to-use book collections, superior customer service including free custom quotes, everyday low pricing, and innovative resources to meet and address the changing needs of every classroom..”

Phone: 800-922-6066
Fax: 888-770-2338
Mailing Address:
4702 Benson Avenue
Halethorpe, MD 21227


American Reading Company
“Our mission is To Ensure That Every Student Can Read, Write, and Think On Grade Level”

Phone: (866) 810-2665
Fax: (610) 992-4156
Mailing Address:
201 S. Gulph Rd.
King of Prussia, PA 19406


Anderson’s Book Fairs
“Our mission is to share our passion and knowledge of books and build community through great reads, good company, and engaging conversations for all ages. We are committed to providing exceptional customer service through which our devotion to independence, inclusion, and diversity can be felt by all.”

Phone: (630) 820-0044
Mailing Address:
520 Exchange Ct.
Aurora, IL 60504


Baker & Taylor
Baker & Taylor, based in Charlotte, N.C., is a global information and entertainment services company that offers books, videos, music and related services to libraries, educational institutions, and retailers. Baker & Taylor is a wholesaler distributor with a database of more than 3.8 million titles.

Info: 800-775-1800
Ordering: 800-775-1100
Fax: 800-775-7480
Mailing Address:
2550 West Tyvola Road
Suite 300
Charlotte, NC 28217


Bookworm Central
Bookworm Central supplies book fairs, literacy programs, and bulk book orders.

Phone: (703) 367-0045
Fax: (703) 367-9633
Mailing Address:
12193 Livingston Road
Manassas, VA 20109


BMI Educational Services, Inc.
Serving schools and libraries for over 45 years, we are a complete PreK-12 distributor of paperbacks, BMI Bound books, teacher’s guides, book collections, audio books, reference books, test prep books, and movies on DVD. We have the fastest service, most accurate and highest fulfillment rates! Call BMI today for the service you deserve!”

Phone: 800-222-8100
Fax: 800-986-9393
Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 800
Dayton, NJ 08810-0800


Book Pal
“BookPal is dedicated to simplifying the process of buying books for classrooms all across the country. We offer a wide variety of products, ranging from children’s books to novels and assessment materials. We’d love to work with you!”

Phone: 866-522-6657
Mailing Address:
18101 Von Karman Ave, Ste 120
Irvine, CA 92612


Books 4 School
“Interstate Books4School is a nationwide supplier of Valu-Books and Tradebooks for infant through 12th grade. We are dedicated to budget-stretching prices, responsive service and speedy delivery of all orders. We have access to over 10,000,000 book titles.”

Phone: 800-752-3131
Fax: 608-277-2410
Mailing Address:
201 East Badger Road
PO Box 2237
Madison, WI 53713


The Booksource, Inc.
“We provide the education market with the largest selection of new and classic titles and classroom collections. We have over 30,000 titles in our catalog representing more than 150 publishers. Our staff has the expertise to ensure that our customers get the right books based on their needs. Our title experts know the books kids want to read, and they can help you put the right books in your students’ hands. We can provide personal assistance every step of the way to help you find the right balance for your classroom library. In every interaction with Booksource, you’ll find employees who have a passion for literacy and a passion for the company.”

Phone: 800-444-0435
Fax: 800-647-1923
Mailing Address:
1230 Macklind Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110


Bound to Stay Bound Books, Inc.
“Bound to Stay Bound, our name says it all! Since 1920, we have provided the best in children’s and young adult titles. Using trade editions whenever possible, we bind our books to the rigid specifications of the Library Binding Institute. Each of our 18,000 titles has a cover made of durable library buckram and illustrated with the title’s original artwork. In addition, we emphasize the following: Selection and ordering tools on the Internet, CD-ROM or in print; Complete cataloging and processing services, including FREE MARC records; FREE shipping and handling; Rapid order fulfillment from our huge inventory; Customized Opening Day Collections.”

Phone: 800-637-6586
Fax: 800-747-2872
Mailing Address:
1880 West Morton Road
Jacksonville, IL 62650


Brodart Books and Automation
“Providing quality services from new school openings to ongoing special projects. Brodart’s school division custom-tailors services to help school libraries speed books to students quickly and efficiently. We deliver collection development services, plus online selection and ordering tools. Brodart has expert fund control, cataloging and processing options to suit any school, quick service and carefully selected recommendations.”

Phone: 800-474-9816, ext. 6784
Fax: 800-999-6799
Mailing Address:
500 Arch Street
Williamsport, PA 17701


Children’s Plus, Inc.
“Children’s Plus is dedicated to providing quality pre-bound books to public libraries and schools, both in the classroom and in school media centers, around the country. We have an extensive library of titles to choose from including our own pre-bound books or from library bound editions that we provide from select educational publishers.”

Phone: 800-230-1279
Fax: 800-896-7213
Mailing Address:
1387 Dutch American Way
Beecher, IL 60401


Classroom Library Co.
“The Classroom Library Company is an educator owned and operated company that publishes and distributes educational media. No other online or wholesale bookseller comes close to the value we offer. Use our website to browse thousands of titles and use our filters to narrow your search to create your own custom book list. You can also choose from a variety or storage options to help organize your classroom library.”

Phone: 888-318-2665
Fax: 877-716-8086
Mailing Address:
3901 Union Blvd., Suite 155
St. Louis, MO 63115
“COMPLETEBOOK.COM is dedicated to providing our customers with the very best in procurement services, pricing and delivery times for books, e-books, journals, databases and publications in all formats.”

Phone: (800) 986-1775
Mailing Address:
1200 Toro Grande Dr., Ste 200
Cedar Park, TX 78613


Dodge Learning Resources
“Dodge Learning Resources sells classroom books and materials at discounted prices.”

Phone: 800-395-2048
Mailing Address:
PO Box 1150
Tyrone, GA 30290


Follett School Solutions
The largest distributor of books, multimedia, prebinding, and cataloging services to the national school market.

Phone: 888-511-5114
Fax: 800-852-5458
Mailing Address:
1340 Ridgview Drive
McHenry, IL 6005


Gumdrop Books
“In business 30 years, GUMDROP BOOKS is a family-owned company that has grown from a mom-and-pop operation to a major international distributor of top educational materials for PreK through College level. We offer high-quality titles to public and private schools and public libraries worldwide. Our automated 139,000 square-foot warehouse in Bethany, MO contains over three million books from 80+ publishers.”

Phone: 866-321-7199
Fax: 866-321-7199
Mailing Address:
PO Box 505/802
N. 41st Street
Bethany, MO 64424


Ingram Library Services Inc.
Ingram Library Services is a full-service distributor with 1 million titles available for immediate shipment and 44 million volumes in stock. Ingram offers speedy delivery, collection development services, cataloging, processing and opening-day collections for schools. Ingram also inventories music, A/V, and periodicals is the largest in the nation. All are available through

Phone: 800-937-5300 option 2
Mailing Address:
One Ingram Blvd.
LaVergne, TN 37086


Lake-Cook Distributors, Inc.
“Lake-Cook is an educational wholesaler of paperback books. Our target market is grades 6th through 12th in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, and Wisconsin. We specialize in classroom set quantities, whether you need 10, 30, or 300 copies of a title.”

Phone: (800) 677-6047
Fax: (847) 526-5810
Mailing Address:
951 N. Old Rand Road, #114
Wauconda, IL 60084


LaSalle Company
“Your Catholic CCD curriculum and religious education warehouse–every book you need from 100 publishers, delivered quickly, with individual attention. Books, textbooks, Bibles, catechisms and resource materials to serve your every need.”

Phone: 800-348-2227
Fax: 574-273-4309
Mailing Address:
4315 Ralph Jones Ct.
South Bend, IN 46628


“Lectorum’s main goal has always been to offer schools and libraries the best selection of children’s books in Spanish, including works originally written in Spanish as well as translations from other languages. All books are carefully reviewed by Lectorum’s qualified staff to ensure that they meet the high standards of educators and librarians.”
Mailing Address:
205 Chubb Avenue, Bldg A-1
Lyndhurst, NJ 07071


“Mackin is a Minnesota-based, family-owned company which takes great pride in providing the highest quality, age-appropriate library and classroom materials for PK-12 schools as well as public library Children’s and Young Adult collections.”
Phone: 800-245-9540
Fax: 800-369-5490
Mailing Address:
3503 County Road 42 W
Burnsville, MN 55306


Mrs. Nelson’s
“Mrs. Nelson’s has been providing books to schools and libraries since 1986 and is an expert at finding exactly the book you need at the lowest price. With access to virtually any book in print, you will be sure to find the right solution to your book needs.”

Phone: 800-875-9111
Fax: (909) 937-7833
Mailing Address:
1648 W. Orange Grove Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768


Perfection Learning Corporation
“Providing excellence in education since 1926, Perfection Learning has been a leader in curriculum solutions for grades K-12. Our programs cover the complete range of language arts skills and course areas with both textbooks and supplemental programs. Perfection Learning® is also one of the leading providers of trade books to classrooms across the country and delivers an unsurpassed selection of novels, nonfiction books, classroom collections, and literature-based teaching support.”

Phone: 800-831-4190
Fax: 800-542-2745
Mailing Address:
1000 North Second Avenue
P.O. Box 500
Logan, IA 51546


Perma-Bound Books
“Perma-Bound has been the top choice for librarians and teachers for over 65 years. The “strongest books you can buy” are school tough and library proven! We have developed our own patented binding process that allows the books you purchase today to last 7-10 times longer than paperbacks, as well as survive more circulations than trade hardcover’s or other prebound titles. Perma-Bound has over 100,000 titles to choose from on its website and is an authorized distributor of Accelerated Reader books and quizzes.”

Phone: 800-637-6581
Fax: 800-551-1169
Mailing Address:
617 E. Vandalia Rd.
Jacksonville, IL 62650

Social Studies School Service, Zenger Media, and The Writing Company
Social Studies School Service is a publisher and distributor of high-quality educational materials. Through its family of innovative imprints and partners, they provide teachers and administrators with materials that promote critical thinking and informed action. We offer a wide range of products, from full curricula to supplementary resources.

Phone: 800-421-4246
Fax: 800-421-4246
Mailing Address:
10200 Jefferson Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232


Steps to Literacy
“Our Mission is to partner with educators to ignite a passion for reading. In keeping with that mission: our team of Curation Specialists are all former educators. The Curation Specialists use their expertise to create libraries and custom book bundles based on curriculum, reading levels, genre, standards, and dozens of other customizable options. Our collective vision is to provide accessible and exciting books to children so they can explore the world, cultures and themselves through reading. We work with more than 200 publishers to ensure each collection is filled with high-interest and recently released titles that will encourage curiosity and a desire to read in every student.”
Phone: (800) 895-2804
Mailing Address:
4 East Street
Bound Brook, NJ 08805