June 30, 2010

Stephenie Meyer's "Eclipse" comes to theatres today!

The long-awaited third installment in the Twilight saga is released today in theatres: Eclipse

Check out Enslow Publishers' biography of Stephenie Meyer to read all about her life and how she started the hit saga.

". . . a very well written book that will relate well to many young readers." –TriState Young Adult Book Review Committee, September 2009

". . . good for reluctant readers or for teens with an interest in a particular author." –VOYA, August 2009

June 28, 2010

June 25, 2010

On this day in 1950

North Korea invaded South Korea initiating the Korean War.

On this day in 1876

Lt. Col. George A. Custer and his 7th Cavalry were wiped out by Sioux and Cheyenne Indians in the Battle of Little Big Horn in Montana.

June 21, 2010

Today is Joey Kramer's birthday

Joey Kramer, drummer for Aerosmith, is celebrating a birthday today. In September, Enslow will be publishing Aerosmith: Hard Rock Superstars. It will be available through vendors, bookstores, and online.

June 18, 2010

On this day in 1983

Astronaut Sally K. Ride became America's first woman in space as she and four colleagues blasted off aboard the space shuttle Challenger.

Today is Vivian Vande Velde's birthday

Vivian Vande Velde Author of Fantasy Fiction
Author: Candie Moonshower
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2964-4
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Vivivan Vande Velde is the author of over thirty books for children and teenagers. Since her first novel, A Hidden Magic, Vande Velde has explored identity by developing characters that run counter to the norm—in an easy, humorous style that young readers find irresistible. Vande Velde finds inspiration in each new character she writes, and in the readers she meets on her travels. She has won numerous awards for her many books.

June 17, 2010

Here's our latest press release!

Enslow Publishers, Inc. Releases A Rainbow of Animals in One Money-Saving Paperback

On this day in 1928

Amelia Earhart began the flight that made her the first woman to successfully fly across the Atlantic Ocean.

June 16, 2010

On this day in 1967

The three-day Monterey International Pop Music Festival - which catapulted Jimi Hendrix, the Who and Janis Joplin to stardom - opened in northern California.

On this day in 1903

The Ford Motor Company was incorporated.

To learn more about Henry Ford, click here.

June 15, 2010

On this day in 1752

Benjamin Franklin experimented by flying a kite during a thunderstorm. The result was a little spark that showed the relationship between lightning and electricity.

June 14, 2010

Today is Donald Trump's birthday

Donald Trump From Real Estate to Reality TV
Author: Sara McIntosh Wooten
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2890-6
Publication Year: 2008
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Before Donald Trump entered the world of television with his hit reality show, The Apprentice, he made a name for himself as a hard-driving real estate developer in New York City. From there he expanded his property interests to include casinos in Atlantic City and top-notch golf courses around the country. He has published a number of books about his life and insights on business, many of which have become best-sellers. This biography explores the successes, as well as the difficulties of Mr. Trump's life, as it introduces young adults to this interesting and controversial personality.

On this day in 1789

Captain William Bligh of the HMS Bounty arrived in Timor in a small boat.

On this day in 1864

Alois Alzheimer was born. He was a psychiatrist/pathologist, and in 1907 he wrote an article describing the disease that is named for him.

Happy Flag Day!

Today, June 14, 2010 is National Flag Day in the U.S.

Molly the Great from the series "Character Education with Molly the Great and Super Ben" knows how to respect the flag. Read about her lesson in Molly the Great Respects the Flag: A Book About Being a Good Citizen

Read more about Flag Day at http://www.nationalflagday.com/

To learn more about Betsy Ross, who sewed the first American Flag, click here

The Continental Army was founded by the Second Continental Congress for purposes of common defense.

This event is considered to be the birth of the United States Army.

The U.S. Army and Military Careers
Author: Earle Rice Jr.
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2699-5
Publication Year: 2006
Interest Level: Grades 5-up
Page Count: 128

From a ragtag collection of former colonial militia to the cutting-edge fighting force of the twenty-first century, the United States Army has always answered the call to serve its country. Today, its members are needed throughout the world to protect U.S. interests, provide humanitarian aid, and to maintain peace. The U.S. Army and Military Careers takes the reader inside this military branch’s history, describing its current operations and structure, exploring the career paths it offers, and spotlighting the equipment and the soldiers who keep America free.

June 12, 2010

"Despite everything, I believe that people are really good at heart" - Anne Frank

Anne Frank was born 81 years ago today. Her life has lived on through many works, and notably her diaries that were published by her father after her death.

Frank is featured in Enslow's new series True Stories of Teens in the Holocaust. She is prodomently featured in Hidden Teens, Hidden Lives and on the cover of the book.

Thousands of Jews went into hiding during the Holocaust. Barns, trapdoors, bunkers, secret attics, forged identity papers, and fake names became tools for survival. Author Linda Jacobs Altman uses primary sources to detail the stories of many Jews who went into hiding to survive the Nazi's planned extermination of Europe's Jews.

June 11, 2010

On this day in history

Janis Joplin debuted on stage at the Avalon ballroom in San Francisco.

June 10, 2010

Curriculum Connections newsletter and the World Cup

School Library Journal's Curriculum Connections newsletter talks about the World Cup and features soccer books. One of Enslow's titles, David Beckham: Gifted and Giving Soccer Star is mentioned.

Enslow also has other new books on soccer. Soccer Skills is great for learning how to play the game, including practice tips and building social skills.

Goal! Science Projects with Soccer is another terrific book for students, making learning physics fun.

Happy Birthday Sasha Obama

Celebrating the Obama Family in Pictures captures the many exciting moments of the family, before and after they moved into the White House.

June 09, 2010

On this day in 2008

Ken Griffey Jr. of the Cincinnati Reds became the sixth player in baseball history to hit 600 home runs.

Today would have been Les Paul's birthday

Electric Guitar Man The Genius of Les Paul
Author: Edwin Brit Wyckoff
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2847-0
Publication Year: 2008
Interest Level: Grades 3-4
Page Count: 32

Without the electronic guitar invented by Les Paul, music would never have been the same. In this biography of Paul's life and career, Edwin Brit Wyckoff shares how the rambunctious boy from Waukesha, Wisconsin, was propelled to stardom by his unrivaled playing ability and technological prowess. Revered by generations of musicians and fans, Paul and his inventions have forever changed the way music is produced, recorded, and enjoyed.

Happy Birthday Johnny Depp

Johnny Depp Movie Megastar
Author: Jill Menkes Kushner
State Affiliation of Author: NJ
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3567-6
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 5-9
Page Count: 48

Did you know that Johnny Depp once worked as a telemarketer trying to sell ballpoint pens? This lively biography summarizes Depp's life from his childhood, to his love of music, and his acting career. This fun-to-read book offers quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary.

June 08, 2010

Today is Kanye West's birthday

Kanye West Hip-Hop Star
Author: Gretchen Weicker
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3214-9
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 5-9
Page Count: 48

Kanye West has never been the typical rapper or hip-hop artist. While other rappers are known for their baggy clothes and graphic lyrics, West uses his music to pay tribute to his mother, fight injustice in the world, and spread a positive message. With preppy clothes, honest lyrics, and a trademark teddy bear, West has built his success by breaking the mold.

June 07, 2010

Today is Allen Iverson's birthday

Allen Iverson Never Give Up
Author: John Albert Torres
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2174-7
Publication Year: 2004
Interest Level: Grades 5-up
Page Count: 104

Chronicling the life and career of basketball star Allen Iverson, whose will and determination helped him overcome a background of poverty and violence to become one of the greatest basketball players in the world today. With his lightning-fast speed and acrobatic ball-handling skills, Iverson has helped transform the Philadelphia 76ers into championship contenders. He has led the NBA in scoring twice in the last six years and won both the All-Star Game and regular season MVP awards in 2001.

Possible tornado in Dundee, MI

While driving home from visiting family yesterday, I drove past the Cabela's in Dundee, MI. I had seen on the news (earlier in the morning) that a possible tornado had damaged Cabela's. Seeing the damage was eerie (to be honest, I did not see any damage to Cabela's, but I did see damage to the building next door). Granted, I was driving, and there was a lot of traffic trying to get off the highway at that exit, so I could not get a really good look, but what I saw made me think it might have been a tornado. The roof of the water park next to Cabela's was damaged (and missing in some places). Made me want to get into the office and start looking through Enslow's Tornadoes book and learn more.

Today would have been the birthday of Gwendolyn Brooks

Gwendolyn Brooks ''Poetry Is Life Distilled''
Author: Christine M. Hill
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2292-8
Publication Year: 2005
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

For Gwendolyn Brooks, writing was vital to life—"like breathing or eating," she said. Brooks cast her poets’ eye on the daily struggles of ordinary African-Americans and told the truth about racism and urban poverty. In 1950, Brooks became the first black writer to win a Pulitzer Prize. As the civil rights movement evolved, so did Brooks’s own views. Her work grew sharper with black pride and solidarity. Brooks’s career spanned more than fifty years, and her poetry appeals to people from all walks of life. This vividly drawn life story will fascinate Brooks’s fans and entice other readers to discover her poetry.

June 02, 2010

New Orleans- Katrina and the Oil Spill

Over the long weekend I was fortunate enough to visit New Orleans. I had never been there before and really enjoyed the city and all of its culture! From Bourbon St. and the French Quarter, to eating po boys uptown, it was a great experience.

It is hard to believe Hurricane Katrina hit the area 5 years ago. I thought I would blog about our book, Hurricane Katrina Strikes the Gulf Coast. You can find more information about it here: http://www.enslow.com/displayitem.asp?type=1&item=1931

But today there is a different enviromental tragedy going on in the Gulf. Enslow is actually coming out with a book this fall about oil spills, so keep an eye out for it this fall! It is called Smog, Oil Spills, Sewage, and More.

June 01, 2010

Today is Ron Wood's Birthday

Coming this fall, Enslow will publish a book on The Rolling Stones. Keep an eye out for it!