July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling

Enslow Publishers has two titles for your middle school/high school student on Ms. Rowling. The first, written for the middle school student, is an unauthorized biography. The second, geared toward the high school student, discusses censorship, and the Harry Potter books in particular.

July 30, 2010

Today would have been Henry Ford's birthday

Henry Ford Genius Behind the Affordable Car
Author: Jeff C. Young
ISBN-13: 978-1-59845-053-8
Publication Year: 2007
Interest Level: Grades 5-up
Page Count: 128

In this addition to the Inventors Who Changed the World series, author Jeff C. Young chronicles the life of Henry Ford—inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. Most well-known for his Model T automobile and the assembly line, readers soon learn that Ford's antiwar efforts during WWII almost landed him on the ballot for president.

Today would have been Emily Bronte's birthday

A Student's Guide to The Brontë Sisters
Author: Naomi Pasachoff
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3267-5
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 160

Although originally published nearly 200 years ago, the works of the Brontë sisters continue to be read and reread today. Twenty-first-century readers are engaged by such issues as the vulnerability of children, the role of education in civilizing members of society, the mysteries of love, and women’s independence. That Jane Eyre remains a beloved novel and Wuthering Heights an admired one today is due at least in part to the passionate intensity of their authors' writing. In short, these books convey basic truths about human experience that are as meaningful in our day as they were in the mid-nineteenth century.

Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger From Superstar to Governor
Author: Sally Lee
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2625-4
Publication Year: 2006
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Arnold Schwarzenegger was only fifteen years old when he made up his mind: "I wanted to do something special," he said, "to be recognized as the best." Schwarzenegger set his sights on becoming the top bodybuilder in the world, and after that—a rich and famous movie star. He never doubted his ability to reach his goals. In 2003, the popular action hero aimed his ambition and energy in another direction: politics. As governor of the richest and most populous state in the country, Schwarzenegger has faced his biggest challenges yet.

July 28, 2010

On this day in history

On July 28, 1868, the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, guaranteeing due process and the equal protection of the laws to former slaves, was declared in effect.

Today would have been the birthday of Pink Floyd's Rick Wright

Rick Wright was an English pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, and songwriter, best known for his career with Pink Floyd. He sang background and occasionally lead vocals, as well as wrote significant parts of music for some of Pink Floyd's albums.

July 27, 2010

Happy Birthday Alex Rodriguez

For the elementary school reader, Super Sports Star Alex Rodriguez is a good choice. Enslow also has a new reluctant reader title that was just published. Baseball's Top 10 Home Run Hitters includes a chapter on Alex Rodriguez.

Ready, Set, Cheer!

Were you ever a cheerleader? Is anyone in your family involved with competitive cheer? Do you have friends or acquaintances whose kids spend hours practicing for the cheer squad?

Chances are good that you can answer "yes." According to the National Federation of State High School Associations, over 64,000 girls joined "competitive spirit squads" in the past academic year. The figure suggests that cheerleading remains a bedrock school activity, regardless of a school’s location, size, or funding.

Cheerleading has evolved from its traditional associations with pompoms into an engaging, demanding sport, as author Lisa Mullarkey notes in Enslow Publishers’ new, four-book "Ready, Set, Cheer!" collection.

Each 48-page title in Mullarkey’s series explores aspects of competitive cheer, from the sport’s basics to challenging stunts. The books feature age-appropriate vocabulary (Guided Reading Level M), engaging type styles, and a reader-friendly design. Carefully chosen photographs illustrate the cheer techniques’ physical look. A "Words to Know" section, additional reading suggestions, and a brief list of topically appropriate websites add educational value to the books.

If you have a child trying out for a cheer team, or is simply curious about cheerleading, this Enslow Publishers’ series offers an excellent, readable means to explore this sport. Go Enslow!

Happy Birthday (one day late) to Mick Jagger!

Enslow has just published a new biography on The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones NEW!The Greatest Rock Band
Author: Heather Miller
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3231-6
Publication Year: 2010
Interest Level: Grades 5-up
Page Count: 112

The Rolling Stones were exactly what thousands of fans had been waiting for. Now that the band had found its fans and the fans had latched onto the band, nothing could stop the momentum of the Rolling Stones! Read about the history and band members of the Rolling Stones.
Binding: Library
Subject(s): Biography, Music, Bands
Dewey #: 782.42166092
Trim Size: 6 1/2 x 9 1/4

July 23, 2010

Enslow's got something new coming soon!

Stay Tuned!

Happy Birthday Daniel Radcliffe!

Daniel Radcliffe Film and Stage Star
Author: Stephanie Watson
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ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3209-5
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 5-9
Page Count: 48

Daniel Radcliffe may not be a wizard, but he has put quite a spell on his fans. He became an instant celebrity at the age of eleven when he won the role of everybody’s favorite boy wizard, Harry Potter. Radcliffe is proving he’s more than a teen heartthrob—he’s a talented actor whose career has just begun! This fun-to-read book offers juicy quotes, personal stories, and accessible features such as a timeline and glossary.

July 22, 2010

Today is S.E. Hinton's birthday

S.E. Hinton Author of The Outsiders
Author: Marylou Morano Kjelle
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2720-6
Publication Year: 2007
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 112

The publication of The Outsiders forty years ago turned the young adult publishing industry upside down, and it hasn’t been the same since. Bored with the benign themes common to teenage literature at the time, S.E. Hinton, a teenager herself, set out to write a novel that contained all the gritty realism that surrounded her at Will Rogers High School in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Praised, condemned and in some cases even banned, The Outsiders, opened a new genre of realistic young adult fiction, and paved the way for the authors read and loved by young people today. In addition, Hinton went on to write many more critically acclaimed young adult novels, as well as branch into picture books, middle grade chapter books, and books for adults.

July 20, 2010

New crafts series from Enslow!

Five new titles in the Fun Adventure Crafts series just arrived. These titles are great for grades K–3. In each book, all of the projects combine to create one full scene, and are simple enough to make without a lot of parental help. A class group might work together to create the full scene, with each individual student responsible for a different craft.

By the way, these titles are also available in paperback!

July 19, 2010

Three NJ towns issue shark warnings to swimmers

Swimmers at three of New Jersey's beaches were recently warned about two sharks seen swimming close to the shoreline.
Interested in sharks? Read Discover Sharks, a middle school-level book. The book has great details about different sharks (including the great white, the mako, and the hammerhead) as well as their characteristics. Did you know that sharks can't swim backwards? Did you know that they are darker on their top side than the bottom side?

This series also has books on bugs, big cats, and snakes.

July 16, 2010

Today would have been Ida B. Wells-Barnett's birthday

This civil rights activist did not back down from anyone. For the elementary market, Enslow has a 32 page biography. For the middle school market, a 128 page book is available.

July 08, 2010

LeBron James announces where he is going at 9pm tonight!

Lebron James is scheduled to make his announcement on where he will play next season outside of the Boys and Girls Club in Greenwich, Conn.

To read more about the special tonight, click here
Enslow Publishers publishes a book called LeBron James: King On and Off the Court

July 07, 2010

Today would have been Satchel Paige's 104th birthday

Satchel Paige The Best Arm in Baseball, Revised Edition
Author: Patricia McKissack, Fredrick McKissack
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-1699-6
Publication Year: 2002
Interest Level: Grades 1-4
Page Count: 32

“You’re born with speed, but you can get the control,” said Satchel Paige. After more than twenty years pitching fast balls, Leroy “Satchel” Paige crossed the color line in baseball. As the first black pitcher in the American League, 42-year-old Paige was past the prime of most ballplayers. But the crowds still packed the stands to witness his famed shutouts and no-hitters. In an inspiring account, the McKissacks describe the hardships and hard work that created this pitching genius.