November 30, 2010

Holidays and Math Teaching Opportunities

The holidays present teachers and parents with excellent opportunities to teach young children about money and the mathematical principles associated with the season.

Enslow Publishers' six-book "I Like Money Math" series has the right stuff for older siblings, and adults need to teach and learn these fundamental concepts. Author Rebecca Wingard-Nelson's Guided Reading Level "K" text and clear examples provide an effective blend of language and content. Supporting illustrations lend each 24-page book essential, real-world visual context to the identification of coins and bills, as well as reinforcement of basic mathematical functions. One title in the series foucses on word problems, an area of particular significance for test preparation.

Value-added features for this series include free, downloadable teacher's guides for each title, state and national curricular correlations, and free worksheets for most titles. Books are available in paperback via Enslow Classroom for $6.95 per copy; "six-packs" of individual titles in this series are available at 10% discount from Enslow's list price. For more information and immediate ordering, visit the Enslow Classroom website:

The series is also available in a library-bound format via

November 29, 2010

Today would have been the birthday of Madeleine L'Engle

Madeleine L'Engle is a famous writer of fantasy for young people. Her best-known book, A Wrinkle in Time, has been loved by generations of readers and lauded by critics. Author Marilyn McClellan discusses L'Engle’s life and beliefs and analyzes two of her best known books. She also explores the history and present state of book censorship and helps readers form their own opinions about whether books should be banned.

This blog entry was created and supposed to be posted on November 29, but did not get posted until November 30.

Today would have been the birthday of C. S. Lewis

The author of "The Chronicles of Narnia" would have celebrated his birthday today.

Interested in learning more about C. S. Lewis? Click here.

Jimmie Johnson 5X Champion

Congratulations to Jimmie Johnson who won his fifth consecutive Sprint Cup Championship. Visit Team Lowe's homepage for all the details.

We know teens are crazy about cars and their driver's. Reluctant readers can learn more about Jimmie Johnson by reading his biography, Jimmie Johnson: Racing Champ.

November 25, 2010

Happy Thanksgiving!

Enslow Publishers would like to wish everyone a HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Our offices will be closed, November 25th-26th.

November 24, 2010

Football, Football, and More Football

It's Thanksgiving weekend and besides enjoying the Thanksgiving Day Parade there will be plenty of football games to watch so today we thought it would be appropriate to feature two brand new football titles from our Top 10 Sports Stars series.

Football's Top 10 Running Backs and Football's Top 10 Quarterbacks are both popular choices for football fans in grades 5–9. These color biographies cover the biggest names in sports, both past and present. With 48 pages, these titles are perfect for reluctant readers who like sports.

November 23, 2010

Kanye West To Perform During Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Hip-hop star Kanye West, the subject of an Enslow Publishers biography, will be a featured performer during Macy's 84th annual Thanksgiving Day parade.

For young readers curious about West, Enslow's Kanye West: Hip-Hop Star provides an interesting, accurate narrative about the performer's life and career. Author Gretchen Weicker's 48-page, Guided Reading Level "T" book features a reader-friendly design, fun sidebars, a timeline, and a list of rewards. Reading teachers and literacy coaches will find Enslow's free, downloadable teacher's guide for the title a useful resource. The guide contains curriculum-based activities, background about West, and a reproducible activity.

The teacher's guide for Kanye West: Hip-Hop Star is available on the Enslow Classroom website. Enslow Classroom features paperback books suitable for supplemental classroom use and for classroom libraries. Each Enslow Classroom title includes a teacher's guide, reading level information, and in most cases, correlations to state and national curricular standards.

The Kanye West biography is also available in a library-bound edition via

November 19, 2010

Daniel Radcliffe and the Harry Potter movies

Now that the latest "Harry Potter" movie is out, it is amazing to see how Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have grown up (literally) in front of the camera.

Daniel Radcliffe, a biography for those in grades 5 through 9, is available in both library and paperback editions from Enslow Publishers, Inc. Featuring quotes, personal stories, a timeline and a glossary, this title is great for reluctant readers.

127 Hours and True Mountain Rescue Stories

By now, we've all heard of Aron Ralston's amazing journey in the mountains. He was the man who went hiking in the rigorous Utah terrain and falls into a cavern where a boulder pins his arm against a rock wall. He only had one choice if he wanted to survive: to cut off his own right arm.

A movie has just been released about Aron's story; 127 Hours, starring James Franco.

Enslow has a great series out this fall called True Rescue Stories. Coincidentally, there seems to be so much news fitting this topic this fall (Chilean miners, etc.); it really is such a topical subject.

November 18, 2010

Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling

Before you go to see the latest Harry Potter movie, read Enslow's biography of J.K. Rowling.

This biography starts with the bidding war for American rights for Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

Geared toward middle school readers, this biography will be interesting reading for Harry Potter and J.K. Rowling fans.

November 16, 2010

What is your favorite Beatles or John Lennon song?

Everyone is excited that The Beatles are now finally on iTunes. You can buy all of The Beatles' backlogged songs for $150- which is a relatively good deal.

This fall, Enslow published a book on John Lennon.

What is your favorite Beatles or John Lennon song? Post your answers!

Gettysburg Address Anniversary This Week

The 147th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address will occur on Friday, November 19th. The National Park Service, which administers the Pennsylvania battlefield site, will hold an event to commemorate Abraham Lincoln's speech.

Teachers and librarians planning Gettysburg Address anniversary activities are encouraged to use Enslow Publishers' The Battle of Gettysburg: Would You Lead the Fight? Author Elaine Landau's 48-page, Guided Reading Level "O" title weaves the historical facts of the three-day Civil War battle into a stimulating, accurate rendition of the battle's events. Landau adds extra engagement by creating scenarios in which she invites readers to speculate on what they might have done if they had been in the shoes of Gettysburg's key personalities. Landau uses this speculative approach in this book and the other five books in Enslow's American history series "What Would You Do?"

Each title in this series is available in paperback as well as a library-bound edition.

For more information, and for free, downloadable teacher's guides for each book in the "What Would You Do?" series, visit the Enslow Classroom website -- To obtain the teacher's guide for The Battle of Gettysburg, follow these instructions:
  • go to
  • click on "What Would You Do?"
  • click on the title in which you're interested.
  • the teacher's guide will appear as a PDF under the image of the book cover.

November 15, 2010

Enslow at NCTE/Booth 727; Free Book Offer

Help Enslow Publishers celebrate the launch of its classroom paperback brand – Enslow Classroom – at NCTE/Orlando!

Enslow Classroom’s leveled, curriculum-aligned nonfiction books offer pre-K to grade 12 teachers new solutions to print-rich classroom needs! To introduce Enslow Classroom , we want to give NCTE participants a free Enslow book.

How do you get your free book? Just bring this post to Booth 727 (near the Lounge). Not only will you receive your free book, but we’ll also give you an additional Enslow discount coupon!

We look forward to meeting you at NCTE!

November 14, 2010

Today is World Diabetes Day

I just saw something on tv about today being World Diabetes Day. Do your students need information about this disease?

Teens will find a lot of information in Enslow's new Investigating Diabetes title.

Middle school students will find information in The Diabetes Update.

posted by Pam

November 13, 2010

It's National Gaming Day!

Have you seen this article by American Libraries Magazine?

More than 1,800 libraries are celebrating National Gaming Day today. Libraries from every state in the U.S., as well as in Argentina, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Pakistan, and Puerto Rico are participating. Organizers expect to easily break last years record of more than 31,000 people playing games on the same day.

November 12, 2010

Who was Elizabeth Cady Stanton?

195 years ago, Elizabeth Cady Stanton was born. She grew up to be a pioneer in women's rights.

In 1848, on a sweltering July day in the small town of Seneca Falls, New York, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and her fellow supporters would make history. They staged the first ever women’s rights convention. The convention passed Resolution 9, which said women should have the right to vote. Although this right would not be recognized in the United States until many years later, Cady Stanton had ignited a revolution. Throughout her life, Cady Stanton worked tirelessly for women’s suffrage. In this biography, author Deborah Kent explores this heroic woman’s passionate pursuit of equal rights and her lasting impact on a revolutionary movement.

November 11, 2010

Today would have been the birthday of Alger Hiss

Who was Alger Hiss? Whittaker Chambers, who was an admitted ex-Communist spy, claimed that Alger Hiss was also a Communist spy. Mr. Hiss, who had been an assistant secretary of state in the State Department, denied this.

Author Karen Alonso outlines the twists and turns of this fascinating case that became a symbol of the Cold War. Readers are encourage to form their own opinions.

Interested in learning more? Click here.

November 10, 2010

Book Giveaway!

I was cleaning off my desk today and I uncovered one our of new titles, Plant and Animal Science Fair Projects, Revised and Expanded Using the Scientific Method by Kenneth G. Rainis from our Biology Science Projects Using the Scientific Method series. All of the books in this series provide exciting science fair project ideas and tips for science fair presentations using easy-to-obtain materials. For Grades 5–up, they are 160 pages and contain a list of suppliers, a further reading list, Internet addresses, and an index. The books in this series cost $25.95 each for schools and libraries, but today I'm giving my copy away for free! Help me clear my desk. Who wants it? Science fair season is just around the corner!

It's A Girl!

Congratulations to Nicole, Enslow's Photo Manager, and her husband on the new adorable addition to their family.  Lillian (Lilly) Jeanette was born November 4th and weighed 5 lbs 14 oz.. We look forward to meeting her in person but until then, this photo will have to do! Congratulations to Pam D for winning the baby pool!

November 09, 2010

LaDainian Tomlinson Equals Payton Record

National Football League and New York Jet star LaDainian Tomlinson recently reached two career milestones that place him in among the game's greatest players. The running back has now rushed for over 13,000 yards and caught passes for more than 4,000 yards. The only other running back to have matched those thresholds was the late Walter Payton.

In addition to their football accomplishments, Tomlinson and Payton were separately involved with charitable, off-field activities. For both players, their belief in "giving back" was matched by action. Enslow Publishers' biography of LaDainian Tomlinson discusses his philanthropic interests, and places them in the context of his exceptional professional career.

Author Craig Ellenport's LaDainian Tomlinson: All-Pro On and Off the Field discusses Tomlinson's life, the positive influences on his character, and how he combines athletic success with off-field achievements. This high-interest, 128 page title is available in paperback from Enslow Classroom, as well as Enslow's traditional, library-bound edition.

A free, downloadable teacher's guide is available for this Guided Reading Level "W" title.

November 08, 2010

On this date in 1971

The album "Led Zeppelin IV," which included the song "Stairway to Heaven," was released.

In 2007 the last three remaining members of the band performed in the Ahmet Tribute Concert a tribute concert dedicated to Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. Led Zeppelin owed their career to Atlantic Records. This concert was done by lottery, and the money raised went to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to needy students in the United States, Great Britain, and Ertegun's home country, Turkey.

Want to learn more and reminisce about Led Zeppelin? Click here.

Celebrate National Young Readers Week! Nov. 8-12

National Young Readers Week is an annual event that was co-founded in 1989 by Pizza Hut® and the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. To make this week special, many schools recruit local “celebrities” to read aloud a favorite children’s book to classrooms. (
National Young Readers Week
The Book It program is a great program to get children to read more. I actually remember doing this when I was in elementary school. Back then, we all got big buttons, and for every book we read, we got a sticker. Once our button had a certain amount of stickers, we got free pizza from Pizza Hut. It was a big hit in my class, and it still is!

Enslow books are a great way to get children to read nonfiction. See for lists of our titles.

How are you celebrating National Young Readers Week? Let us know!


November 07, 2010

Today would have been the birthday of Marie Curie

One of the most famous women in the history of science, Marie and her husband, Pierre, conducted important research on radioactivity, which directly led to the couple's discovery of the elements radium and polonium. She was one of the first women in Europe to earn a doctorate degree, as well as the first woman to win the Nobel prize--an award she shared with both her husband and physicist Antoine Henri Becquerel, for her work on radioactive elements in 1903. She became the first person to win a second Nobel prize in a field of science when she was awarded the 1911 prize for her continuing work on isolating radioactive substances.

Interested in learning more about Marie Curie? Click here.

November 06, 2010

James Naismith would have celebrated a birthday today

Who was James Naismith? He was the inventor of basketball! He was told to invent an indoor game, and had two weeks to create it. He wanted a fun and fast game, not wanting  it to be risky, like football or rugby, and he didn't want it to be rough, so that the participants would get hurt. As a child, he used to play duck on a rock, which was the inspiration for his new creation of basketball. Want to learn more about duck on a rock and James Naismith? Click here.

November 05, 2010

Who was the first Republican President?

Abraham Lincoln!

On November 6, 1860, Abraham Lincoln was elected President of the United States as the first Republican to hold that office. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.

Want to learn more about Honest Abe? Enslow has a few titles that can help: 200 Years with Abraham Lincoln, Abraham Lincoln, and Music for Abraham Lincoln CD

November 04, 2010

On this day in 2008

Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States.

This photo-biography of President Obama celebrates events in his life, as well as offering some light-hearted photos of President Obama playing basketball or body surfing in Hawaii.

There are three other titles in The Obama Family Photo Album series.

November 03, 2010

National American Indian Heritage Month Proclamation

Can you guess which U.S. President proclaimed November as National American Indian Heritage month? Read the Proclamation here to find out.
The National Register of Historic Places link has a list of American Indian properties featured in teaching and Historic Places Lesson Plans making it very convenient to bring a lesson into the classroom or library during November or any time of the year. Supplement that with our The Fascinating History of American Indians title and you're all set to go!

November 02, 2010

Interesting tidbit of information

On this day in 1889, North Dakota and South Dakota became the 39th and 40th states.

Interested in learning more about North Dakota or South Dakota? Fun and Simple Midwestern State Crafts contains interesting facts about both states as well as the region. Learn how to create some fun crafts as well!

Vote for Character Education with Enslow's "Molly the Great Respects the Flag"

November is filled with opportunities to proudly celebrate our nation, its character, and the responsibilities that come with freedom. Events such as Election Day, Veterans Day, and Thanksgiving offer ready-made contexts for teaching and learning activities related to these holidays.

For young readers, a wonderful Enslow book that imaginatively addresses these issues is Molly the Great Repsects the Flag: A Book About Being A Good Citizen. Author Shelley Marshall's 24-page title provides a character driven narrative from which larger notions of citizenship emerge. The book’s Guided Reading Level "F" and lovely, watercolor-style illustrations invite readers to enjoy each page and absorb its message about civic responsibility. Molly the Great Respects the Flag also comes with a free, downloadable teacher’s guide, including curricular-based activities and a useful reproducible piece.

The book, included in Enslow’s "Character Education with Super Ben and Molly the Great" series, is available in paperback for $6.95. The title is also available in a library-bound version.

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November 01, 2010

Celebrate National Author's Day Today

November 1st is designated as the day to celebrate your favorite author or authors.

Here at Enslow we have some great titles that include personal interviews with popular authors.For young readers in grades 3–4, is our Authors Kids Love series while our Authors Teens Love series is suitable for grades 6–up.

My favorite authors are children's authors. In particular, I love E.B. White because my favorite book happens to be Charlotte's Web. I spent lots of time reading Judy Blume when I was younger and still enjoy reading her books today. If you've ever had the opportunity to hear Richard Peck speak you would have to add him to your favorite list authors. And if you've ever met Jerry Spinelli you couldn't help but add him to your list as well.

Jerry Spinelli with his copy of
Enslow's Jerry Spinelli: Master Teller of Teen Tales biography.
Celebrate National Author's Day by telling us who your favorite author is!