April 29, 2011

Today is National Arbor Day

National Arbor Day is celebrated the last Friday in April, but did you know that different states celebrate Arbor Day on different days depending on their best tree-planting time? Whatever day your state celebrates Arbor Day it's a great opportunity to connect children with nature using books in your classroom and library.

Our title,  Trees, Weeds, and Vegetables–So Many Kinds of Plants! from our I Like Plants! series includes an activity perfect for Arbor Day celebrations and comes with a free educator's guide available through our website. For grades K–3, this easy-to-read science book fills a need for nonfiction science readers while entertaining students with stunning color photos and fascinating facts. Budding scientists will love discovering the plants in their neighborhood.

April 28, 2011

Science titles again!

The series Bizarre Science brings an entertaining look at bizarre science topics for reluctant readers. All of these titles are available in both library and paperback bindings.
Bloodsucking Creatures discusses mosquitos, head lice, fleas, and other bloodthirsty creatures. Bugged-Out Insects explores the weird behavior, habits, and characteristics of insects. Doomsday Rocks from Space talks about the scientific evidence that killed off the dinosaurs and the chances of a doomsday rock striking Earth today. Mummy Secrets Uncovered unlocks the secrets of mummies, explores how they were preserved, and what we can learn about their ancient cultures. Weird Meat-Eating Plants describes some of these plants, from how they trap their prey to what they like for dinner!

April 27, 2011

More Science Titles!

We're continuing to feature our science titles this week with our Score! Sports Science Projects series.

These middle school science project books each contain fifteen science experiments using soccer balls, baseballs, softballs, basketballs, bicycles, skateboards, or skates. Mixing sports and science is a great way to get students involved with science projects. All of the experiments use items commonly found in the home, school or neighborhood. A section of "Ideas for Science Projects" is included at the end of many of the experiments so that the books can be used for science fairs.

ISBN 978-0-7660-3106-7

ISBN 978-0-7660-3365-8

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ISBN 978-0-7660-3366-5

April 26, 2011

Launch Career, College Planning with Enslow's "Wild Science Careers" Series

What's "wild" about science careers? Quite a lot, as readers discover in Enslow Publishers' intriguing "Wild Science Careers" series. Students fascinated by rain, wind, and the sea gravitate toward the meteorological careers discussed in Storm Scientist: Careers Chasing Severe Weather. Those who wonder what's inside the planet could consider becoming volcanists, as Lava Scientist: Careers on the Edge of Volcanoes details. For those who enjoy exploring the edgy boundaries of the life sciences, Disease-Hunting Scientist: Careers Hunting Deadly Diseases examines what it takes to be a scientific player in this field.

Each title in the full-color, library-bound "Wild Science Careers" series includes a glossary, useful chapter notes, a further reading list, and an index. Each book in this six-book ensemble is available to schools and libraries directly from Enslow Publishers for $23.95. This price includes the 25% school/library discount off Enslow's list price for each title.

April 25, 2011

On this day in 1874

Radio pioneer Guglielmo Marconi was born in Bologna, Italy.

Interested in reading more? Enslow's Inventor's Who Changed the World series includes Marconi and Tesla. Written for the middle school student, this biography of these two radio pioneers, written by Stephen Feinstein, will be of interest to readers.

April 22, 2011

Celebrate Earth Day

Check out our new Team Green Science Projects series for Earth Day.

Today especially, it's in the news and on people's minds: How do we use fewer resources to help our planet? Each book in this series covers topics about the environment and green technology. Using the scientific method, readers will engage in experiments from life, physical, and earth science while learning what they can do to go green. With a lifetime achievement award for his science writing, Robert Gardner presents great ideas for winning science fair projects for grades 5–up.

ISBN  978-0-7660-3648-2

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April 21, 2011

Ready for Astronomy Day on May 7?

Astronomy Day is a grassroots movement designed to share astronomy with the general public. It is scheduled to occur on a Saturday between mid-April and mid-May at or just before the first quarter Moon.

Enslow's new series, Far-Out Guide to the Solar System, is a great match for Astronomy Day. Geared toward upper elementary and middle school readers, and available in both library and paperback bindings, these 12 titles cover the different planets, as well as asteroids and comets, and the icy dwarf planets.

April 20, 2011

Author Laura Nunn Signs Books

This past weekend author Laura Nunn signed books from her Far-Out and Unusual Pets series and her Yucky Science series at a local bookshop.
Her friend, who is an animal expert, brought along some cool animals including a ferret, hissing cockroaches, a chinchilla, a degu, a dove, and some turtles. As you can see from the picture, the kids were intrigued!

April 19, 2011

Books for Upcoming Kindergarten Day

On Thursday, April 21st, Kindergarten Day will be celebrated. The day corresponds with the birthday of the 19th German pedagogue Friedrich Frobel, who was principally responsible for the "kindergarten" concept and its practical realization. His followers opened the first kindergartens in the United States in the years prior to the Civil War.

Since that time, kindergartens have become a staple of American education, especially through its importance in enhancing a child's reading skills. Five Enslow Publishers' series target this critical need. The quintet consists of the following series:
Each series includes six, 24-page full-color books offering an enriching blend of fun reading and useful content. The Guided Reading Level "B" titles are ideal for emerging readers or those who require a scaffolded approach to reading interest and success. A teacher's guide is available for each title in all five series.

Paperback editions of each book cost $6.95; "six-packs" of each paperback title are available for the 10% discount price of $41.70. Library-bound editions are available to schools and libraries for $15.95.

April 18, 2011

On this day in 1775

Paul Revere (and William Dawes) rode from Boston towards Lexington, warning everyone along the way that the British were coming.

Enslow's new series, The United States at War, includes The American Revolution: From Bunker Hill to Yorktown. In this book, middle school students will learn about this famous ride. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow immortalized Paul Revere in a poem. Because the name Revere rhymes more easily then the name Dawes, one man became a legend, while the other was nearly forgotten.

April 14, 2011

April is STD Awareness Month

Here is some information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Are you looking for books for your high school students? Enslow's Investigating Diseases series includes a title on STDs. Written by Marylou Ambrose and Veronica Deisler, real-life examples of how teens deal with these issues are mixed with data from scientific studies, tips on how to live with and treat STDs, and the history of STDs.

Other topics in the series include depression and bipolar disorder; diabetes; eating disorders (anorexia, bulimia, and binge eating); influenza and bird flu; and tuberculosis and superbugs.

April 13, 2011

Tina Fey

Tina Fey, comedic star who as won awards for her work as both a writer and performer, has recently appeared on "The Late Show with David Letterman" and "The Oprah Winfrey Show." With the recent release of her new book, Bossypants, she's in the news now more than ever. But what young people may not know is that in addition to entertaining millions, Fey has made a difference in people's personal lives.
ISBN 978-0-7660-3557-7
For grades 6–up our biography, Tina Fey: TV Comedy Superstar is a great way for students to learn more about this fascinating star.

April 12, 2011

Enslow Celebrates "Drop Everything And Read" Day

"Drop Everything And Read Day," an annual event that occurs on April 12th, encourages families to spend at least thirty minutes in a reading activity. The day's organizers envision the day as an opportunity for children, in particular, to read something of their own choosing, rather than "required" academic reading. For kids looking for a way into exploring a blended world of the imagination and fact-based context, we suggest a title from Enslow Publishers' Historical Fiction Series. These 160-page books, such as Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution, offer compelling narratives and vivid characters woven together with author Bonnie Pryor's accessible, age-appropriate writing style. Accelerated Reading scores for these books range from 4.7 to 7.0.

Library-bound versions of all nine books in Enslow's "Historical Fiction Adventures" are available directly from Enslow Publishers for the discounted school/library price of $20.95. Selected titles are available in paperback for $14.95.

April 11, 2011

National Robotics Week

Grades 5-up
ISBN 978-0-7660-3303-0
April 9th through April 17th calls for the celebration of the second annual National Robotics Week. Whether there's a robotic club in your school, or you want to raise awareness of robotic technology, or just because students think robots are cool, Enslow's title, Robot Experiments teaches readers what makes a robot work. Hands-on experiments and steps on how to design, build, and program their very own robots are broken down into simple ideas that students can grasp.

April 07, 2011

Today's holiday is

No housework day, as per the calendar of Bizarre and Unique holidays.

In Houses of the Past, Present, and Future, author Linda Bozzo gives elementary readers the opportunity to imagine what houses will be like in the future.

Other titles in this series include: at play, schools, getting around, community helpers, and staying in touch.

April 06, 2011

April is National Poetry Month

April is National Poetry Month so why not celebrate with our Poetry Rocks! series? Each title in this series introduces readers to a number of poets in each volume, giving them the background they need to understand and appreciate poetry. They even include analyses on selected poems. This series fulfills IRA/NCTE Standards for English/Language Arts.

Grades 9–12, 160 pages
Titles in the series cover contemporary American poetry, early American poetry, early British poetry, modern American poetry, modern British poetry, and world poetry.

School and library price: $25.95 per title
Series of 6 : $155.70

April 05, 2011

Authentic Civil War Music CD Enriches Study of Conflict's 150th Anniversary

Tuesday, April 12th will mark the 150th anniversary of the American Civil War's first shots fired in anger. The day will include many commemorative events and ongoing exhibits, with the Library of Congress' show of Civil War photographs being among the best.

Teachers and librarians looking to offer added enrichment to print and digital learning opportunities should consider using Enslow Publishers' CD of music of the Civil War. Entitled When Johnny Comes Marching Home, the compact disc includes 18 songs associated with the conflict. The CD offers a high level of musicianship, and features performers such as pianist Jacqueline Schwab (who played the piano on Ken Burns' acclaimed Civil War series). Liner notes include sources of the music, lyrics, explanations of historical references, and comments about what the songs teach us about that era.

Johnny Comes Marching Home is available to schools, teachers, and libraries for the discounted price of $17.95, plus shipping and handling.

Yesterday was Tell a Lie Day

Teaching kids to be honest is not an easy task. Who didn't lie when they were young? Enslow's series Character Education with Super Ben and Molly the Great tackles this subject, along with tardiness, sharing, citizenship, responsibility, caring, courage, and healthy habits.

Molly the Great Tells the Truth, available in both library and paperback editions, starts with Molly (the rabbit) and Ben (the bear) jumping on the couch. After being told my Molly's father to stop jumping, they continue and Molly falls off of the couch, landing on her crown and breaking it. She then has to explain to her father how the crown broke, and gets caught being dishonest.

These early elementary readers combine character education with early literacy skills.

April 01, 2011

African-American Soldiers in the Civil War

African-American Soldiers in the Civil War: Fighting for Freedom, by Carin T. Ford.

School Library Journal (SLJ), March 2011 Review:

"This clear overview examines both the triumphs and hardships of black soliders..."

Publisher Description: The role of blacks in the Civil War has been largely overlooked in history books. Many students are unaware that thousands upon thousands of black soldiers risked their lives for the chance to live as free Americans. After a concise introduction to slavery and the Civil War, author Carin T. Ford paints a vivid picture of black soldiers on and off the battlefield—the obstacles they faced, the determination with which they fought, and their status in the aftermath of the war. This well-researched narrative is chock-full of riveting, heartbreaking, and inspiring facts and true stories of sacrifice and bravery.

48 pages, full color photographs,
Elementary level reading level
ISBN-13:  978-0-7660-2254-6

The Cobra Has Been Found!

We can all be at ease (me especially) knowing that the cobra that escaped from the Bronx Zoo Reptile House has been found. Whew! To celebrate we're spotlighting our Biggest vs. Smallest Slimy, Scaly Creatures title. Students can read about and compare the biggest and smallest lizards, frogs, and snakes in this 24-page book for grades K–3.

ISBN 978-0-7660-3579-9