Magic Tree House Looking for an Educator

Random House Children’s Books has announced the 7th annual Magic Tree House Educator of the Year Award.

The award is presented to an educator of grades 1–4 who enhances lesson plans by incorporating Magic Tree House books (both the fiction titles and nonfiction research guides) into the curriculum in an outstanding way.

For nearly 20 years, Mary Pope Osborne’s series about a brother and sister who travel through time has been trusted by educators for its ability to educate and entertain young readers, says Random House.

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In November, Random House Children’s Books had launched, an online home for Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series. (Read: Random House Makes Magic Tree House)

This year’s grand-prize winner will receive numerous prizes, including a trip to the International Reading Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, May 8th–11th, to meet authors Mary Pope Osborne and Natalie Pope Boyce, and receive the award from them in an exclusive ceremony.

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The prize also includes two autographed sets of the entire Magic Tree House series—one for the winner’s classroom, and one for the school’s library, $500 worth of books from Random House Children’s Books, a $500 gift card for classroom supplies, and a Skype school visit with Osborne and Boyce.

Three runners-up will receive an autographed set of the entire Magic Tree House series and a $250 gift card for classroom supplies.

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To be considered for the award, educators are asked to describe in 500 words or less how they meet objectives across the curriculum by incorporating the Magic Tree House books into their lesson plans.

Random House Children’s Books also welcomes additional classroom materials such as lesson plans, photos, and videos that set the educator apart from other applicants.

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Educators are eligible to enter until Jan. 14, 2011. The official entry form can be found online at the series’ website,

With exciting games, trivia, lesson plans, parent-child activity ideas and more, the website offers an array of resources to audiences of all ages.

Random House Children’s Books is the world’s leading English-language children’s trade book publisher.

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Rakesh Raman