June 30, 2011

Today is Meteor Watch Day

Hopefully the weather will be clear tonight so that you can do some watching. I hope you will see some!

Have you ever seen a comet or a shooting star? You may think they look pretty, but these giant space rocks can cause major destruction. Scientists keep a close watch on comets and asteroids using high-powered telescopes and spacecraft. Get ready to learn lots of far-out facts about asteroids and comets!

Check out Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets, written by Mary Kay Carson for the upper elementary/lower middle school reader. It's available in both library and paperback!

June 29, 2011

New Fall Titles Arriving!

New Fall Titles are arriving in July! I'm having a hard time choosing which one to read first.

June 28, 2011

Speedboat Racers

If you're vacationing or living near the water, the chances are strong that you're hearing the sounds of speedboats. The racing side of speedboating adds excitement and challenge to this fun summer activity. Among the few speedboating books with age-appropriate text for children and young adults is Enslow Publishers' Speedboat Racers. Author Michael Hauenstein's easy-to-read text delivers a pleasant overview of  this warm-weather activity. The 48-page work's contemporary design and excellent illustrations invite readers to explore this popular topic. It's a strong choice for reluctant readers and for kids with a desire to know more about boats and racing.

Speedboat Racers, part of Enslow's five-book "Kid Racers" series, is available in paperback for $7.95. A library-bound edition, suitable for school libraries and public libraries, is also available.

June 27, 2011

New Elementary title about the 4th of July coming soon

Elaine Landau has written a new elementary series of holiday books for Enslow. What Is the 4th of July? describes the traditions and symbols of this holiday, as well as includes a hands-on activity. This title (as well as the rest of the titles in the series) is available in both library and paperback bindings.

Other titles in the I Like Holidays! series include Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Veterans Day.

All of these titles will be available soon.

June 24, 2011

Free books at ALA

On Saturday, come visit booth 1329 at ALA and get a free book while supplies last!

Summer Reading and Math Skills

So many children have reading projects and math packets to complete over the summer. But what could be more fun than a camping trip with a pig? Join Sebastian Pig and and friends, Percy and Milo, on a camping adventure. Subtracting with Sebastian Pig and Friends on a Camping Trip is a fun way for young readers to reinforce their reading and math while practicing subtraction skills over the summer.

Grades 1–3
Check out other titles in our Math Fun with Sebastian Pig and Friends! series. It may be the best trip you take this summer!

June 23, 2011

Attending ALA in New Orleans?

Stop by booth 1329 and say hello! Find out how you can get a free Kindle or Nookcolor!

New Michael Phelps Video Game Released

Have you heard? Olympic medalist, Michael Phelps is now part of the virtual pool. His new video game, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, was released earlier this week. The game was developed by Blitz Games and published by 505 Games for use with the Kinect system for Microsoft's Xbox 360. My kids love the Kinect games and I can see this one being both fun and challenging. It's also a great way to bring more attention to the sport of swimming.

Young readers can learn more about Michael Phelps in our book, Michael Phelps: Swimming for Olympic Gold for grades 5–9 available in both library binding and paperback. A free educator's guide is also available through our web site.

June 21, 2011

Summer Begins Today: Celebrate with an Enslow Book About the Seasons!

According to our wardrobe choices and comfort levels, summer began about a month ago. However, the official calendar starting date for summer is today. Either way, summer is here. For children, summer and its weather provides a unique magic, whether kids are outdoors in the sunshine or indoors sheltered from a seasonal shower.

To explore more about the summer and the science that explains its weather, check out Enslow Publishers' Looking at Weather and Seasons: How Do They Change? This 32-page book provides a reader-friendly look at the seasons, weather's causes, and how weather changes daily. Full-color illustrations help illuminate key points that give each season its own personality. And author Angela Royston's age-appropriate, engaging writing style encourages young readers to understand the science impacting the seasons.

Looking at Weather and Seasons, part of Enslow's six-book "Looking at Science: How Things Change" series, is available now from Enslow Publishers. Schools and libraries may purchase the library-bound title for $16.95, a 25% discount from Enslow's list price.

June 20, 2011

Getting kids interested in cooking

Trying to get kids to eat healthy is a challenge lots of families face. For those elementary age students who are interested in cooking, let them help!

Enslow's Easy Cookbooks for Kids contains six separate titles, covering everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to main dishes. These recipes are from different parts of the world, with maps showing the country of origin for that particular recipe.

Available in both library and paperback bindings, these titles will pique the curiosity of hungry minds!

June 17, 2011

Penguins, Penguins, and More Penguins

That's the premise behind the new movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins" that opens today in theaters.
Enslow has a few penguins of our own:

Emperor Penguins
Grades 3–4

Emperor Penguins Up Close
Grades 1–3

Secret of the Puking Penguins...and More!
Grades 5–9

June 16, 2011

Attending the ENOCH Conference at the NJ Expo and Convention Center in Edison 6/17 or 6/18?

Books will be available for purchase at a special show discount.

Stop by booth 612 and say Hello!

June 15, 2011

Home Run Hitters

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3465-5
48 pages
Grades 5–9
If you're not a Yankee fan you might not be disappointed that Derek Jeter is out of the lineup. Yankee fans, however, are disappointed that he's temporarily sidelined due to an injury. His quest for 3,000 hits is on hold for now. But in the meantime you can check out our title, Baseball's Top Ten Home Run Hitters that is perfect for reluctant readers.

June 14, 2011

Flag Day and "Molly the Great Respects the Flag"

Flag Day commemorates the Second Continental Congress' adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. For young readers, a "way in" to understanding the flag's significance is through Enslow Publishers' wonderful book Molly the Great Respects the Flag: A Book About Being a Good Citizen. Author Shelley Marshall uses a lively, storytelling approach and fictional, animal characters to bring home larger lessons about the flag' symbolism and civic responsibility. Character education, through the exploration of the notion of respect, also plays a role in Marshall's 24-page book.

This full-color, charmingly illustrated title, part of the eight-book "Character Education with Super Ben and Molly the Great," is available in paperback for $6.95 from Enslow Publishers. A library-bound editon is also available for Enslow's school/library discount price of $15.95.

June 13, 2011

Bugged-Out Insects

What kind of creature would make its home in a pile of dung? Does a female praying mantis eat her mate? Do house flies spit on your food? Author Margaret J. Anderson answers all of these questions as she explores the weird behavior, habits, and characteristics of insects.

Bugged-Out Insects is part of the Bizarre Science series, and is written for the reluctant reader. Other titles in the series include Bloodsucking Creatures, Doomsday Rocks from Space, Mummy Secrets Uncovered, and Weird Meat-Eating Plants.

This series is available in both library and paperback bindings.

June 11, 2011

Shark or Dolphin?

Spending time at the beach this summer? Before you go you might want to read,
Shark or Dolphin: How Do You Know?
ISBN 978-0-766-3680-2
Grades K–3
They both live in the ocean. They are both large, gray, and eat fish. How do you know which animal is which? Award-winning children's author Melissa Stewart explains a few of the many differences between sharks and dolphins. Simple text is paired with stunning underwater photography to show readers just how different these animals really are!

June 09, 2011

A pet who loves (and lives on) the beach

Land hermit crabs are unusual pets. In the wild, when they get too big for the shell they are currently living in, they look for larger empty snail shells. They communicate by tapping each other's shells.

Part of Enslow's Far-Out and Unusual Pets series, Hermit Crabs is a great book for those interested in looking for unusual pets.

Enslow is planning on publishing six more titles in this series in 2012. Watch for them!

June 08, 2011

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is celebrated every year on June 8th. It's the perfect opportunity to share books about the ocean with young readers. Fun titles like these can help raise awareness about conservation.

Cute baby animals live all over the world—even under the ocean! Learn about baby dolphins, baby sea turtles, and other adorable baby animals in the ocean biome in this easy nonfiction reader. Adorable full-color photographs and easy-to-read text will delight and educate young readers.

 Counting in the Oceans - Grades 1–3
How many flippers does a sea lion have? How many arms does an octopus have? Find out in Counting in the Oceans! Count fish, shellfish, and more as you explore this fascinating biome!

June 07, 2011

Baby Animal Books for Summer Pre-K Reading

Summertime offers wonderful chances for very young children to combine their activity in the great outdoors with their interest in reading. Books can reinforce and nourish a child's curiosity that a trip to the zoo, a day in the country, or a staycation in the backyard can stimulate.

Enslow Publishers' Pre-K books deliver the exciting color photos, age-appropriate text, and "just right" book size to engage young readers in satisfying ways. Author Jane Katirgis' "All About Baby Animals" series includes a delightful sextet of 24-page, Guided Reading Level "B" titles, each one addressing specific Pre-K-friendly subjects.

Among the works are Baby Backyard Animals, Baby Farm Animals, and Baby Zoo Animals. Each title in the series is available in paperback for $6.95 and can be purchased directly from the Enslow Classroom website. The books are also available in library-bound editions.

June 06, 2011

MTV Movie Awards

During last night's awards, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won five awards, including Best Movie and Best Female and Male performance wins.

Do you have students interested in Stephenie Meyer? Enslow's middle school biography of this popular author was written by Lisa Rondinelli Albert.

Enslow has an upcoming reluctant reader biography of one of the stars of the Twilight series. Look for it this fall! It will be available in both library and paperback versions!

June 02, 2011

Happy Birthday Charlie Watts

This drummer from the Rolling Stones is celebrating a birthday today.

Enslow's middle school biography about the Rolling Stones, available in both library and paperback bindings, is a great read for the middle school student with an interest in this iconic band.

June 01, 2011

Author Interview with Suzanne Lieurance

Enslow Author, Suzanne Lieurance, talks about being an author and writing her latest Enslow book, The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp for Grades 3–6. To read the full interview, click here.