May 31, 2012

New Fantasy Fiction Books Coming Soon!

We're excited to announce our fall release (September 1, 2012) of The Brightworking: Book I of the Brightstone Saga for young adults. This new three-book fantasy fiction series, combines an original fantasy world in a medieval-type setting filled with magical inventions and creatures created by author, Paul B. Thompson.
ISBN: 978-0-7660-3950-6
Grades 5–up
In Brightworking: Book I, Mikal, a blacksmith's son, enjoys working with fiery metal in his father's forge. But when the sorcerers' Guild of Constant Working comes to his small village, the young boy's destiny is changed forever. Before long, Mikal is apprenticed to the most powerful wizard in all of Phalia and confronts danger at every turn as he uncovers the mystery of the Brightworking. With the help from his friend Lyra and a magical metal head, she and Mikal confront danger at every turn as he uncovers the mystery of the Brightworking.

Click here to reserve your copy today and you can look forward to the release of The Fortune Teller: Book II, and The Battle for the Brightstone: Book III in 2013. 

Don't forget to sign up for the Enslow raffle!

Today's the last day to sign up for our monthly $100 in free books!

May 29, 2012

Author David Aretha's Blog Discusses His New Sports Fiction Book

David Aretha, who has written or edited thirty baseball books, has just come out with his initial sports fiction work. The book -- Rounding Third, Heading Home!  -- is among the new Enslow Publishers fiction titles for the Spring 2012 season. Aretha's 112-page story, with its appealing narrative, intriguing characters, and exciting ending, is an excellent choice for readers in grades 3 through 6.

Author Dan Gutman has praised Rounding Third, Heading Home!, stating that "If you like Matt Christopher,you'll love David Aretha. This is a classic underdog story that Little Leaguers are bound to enjoy."

Rounding Third, Heading Home! is available directly from Enslow Publishers in paperback for $9.95. A library-bound edition is also available to schools and libraries for $19.95; that price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for the library-bound edition.

May 28, 2012

Happy Memorial Day from Enslow!

We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Memorial Day and a big thank you to those who have served our country in the Armed Services.

Memorial Day was first observed on May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery. New York was the first state to officially recognize the holiday in 1873. By 1890, all of the northern states recognized the holiday. The South refused to recognize the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I. It was after World War I that the holiday changed from honoring those who died in the Civil War to honoring any soldier who had died in any war.

May 25, 2012

Surprise! It's a Baby Shower!

Chris, our Marketing Production Manager and his wife Liz are expecting their first baby in June. So, we threw a surprise baby shower last week for the soon-to-be father. We wish Chris and Liz, all the best and can't wait for the arrival of their new baby girl.
SURPRISE! (I think he knew)

Chris opening gifts and receiving new parenting tips.

Chris wondering what the heck you do with all of this stuff!

Notice the fancy decorations done by our fabulous baby shower decorating committee!

Cake time!

Chris hoping this book holds all the answers.

May 24, 2012

Who on Earth is Rachel Carson?

Rachel Carson was born on May 27, 1907 and grew up in the tiny town of Springdale, Pennsylvania. As a child, Rachel helped take care of the family's farm animals. Chickens, pigs, and many dogs, were Rachel's constant companions on her nature walks. Rachel and her mother especially loved birding. She also loved reading and writing. As an eleven-year-old she became a regular contributor to the children's magazine, St. Nicholas Magazine.

Rachel's parents taught her strong environmental values throughout her life. Between 1910 and 1920, Rachel watched as the population of Springdale more than doubled. As she grew older, the town grew more industry, became dirtier and more polluted. Rachel never forgot the transformation of her rural hometown into an industrial working-class community. She never forgot the damage these changes caused to the animals, birds, and plants she loved. 

Rachel later attended college and after two years she changed her major from English to biology, at a  time when the scientific field was dominated by men. She went on to become a famous author and activist for the environment. She is most noted for her book, Silent Spring, that led to the study of the use of pesticides and the harm they were doing to plants, animals, and people and ultimately was responsible for the ban on the use of DDT in America. 

Though Rachel Carson died in 1964, her words have no doubt shaped the environmental movement and her words and legacy will live on. 

Rachel Carson Day is celebrated on her birthday, May 27th. Be sure to check our two Rachel Carson biographies to learn more about this fascinating woman.

Grades K–3
ISBN: 978-0-7660-3283-5
Grades 5–up
ISBN: 978-1-59845-116-0

May 23, 2012

Revving Up Reading Engines for the Indy 500

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3302-3
The Indianapolis 500, one of America's great sports traditions, will be held over the Memorial Day weekend. This exciting event, typically witnessed by a quarter-million spectators and a worldwide television audience, offers the flair and adventure that young readers often enjoy. Prominent among contemporary Indy drivers is Danica Patrick. Her interesting life story is the subject of an Enslow Publishers biography that's available now.

Danica Patrick: Racing to History provides an accessible, fun window into Patrick's drive to succeed. The 128-page title, part of Enslow's "Heroes of Racing" series, combines exciting full-color photos, author J. Chris Roselius' strong text, and career statistics into a well-rounded look at Patrick's life and career. The book's 6.7 AR reading level makes it a useful choice for reluctant readers in secondary and high school.

The library-bound book is available directly from Enslow Publishers for $23.95; the price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for this title!

May 21, 2012

It's National EMS Week

Library ISBN 978-0-7660-4050-2
This year's theme is "EMS: More Than A Job. A Calling." Being an EMT is not an easy job. EMTs work hours somewhat similar to police officers and fire personnel: they work nights, on holidays, and are never quite sure what to expect upon arriving on a scene.

Enslow's latest preschool series, All About Community Helpers, includes a title on EMTs. This 24 page book will help young students and beginning readers learn about this important job in our community. Other titles in the series include titles about dentists, firefighters, nurses, police officers, sanitation workers, teachers, and veterinarians.

May 18, 2012

Join Our Book Reviewer Club Today!

We are looking for people who enjoy writing about books to join our Book Reviewer Club.
To find out how you can receive free books and become an Enslow book reviewer, check out our Reviewer Guidelines. Reviewers must be able to write and post honest book reviews online to a blog or to one of our suggested websites. Sign up here today!

May 17, 2012

5 Things You Didn't Know About Police Dogs

It's national First Aid Week, and to commemorate America's four-legged first responders, we present: 5 Things You Didn't Know About Police Dogs, from our popular book: Police Dog Heroes by Linda Bozzo.

1.  The first police dog training school was established in Ghent, Belgium in 1899.
2.  Originally, the main job of police dogs was protecting police officers on patrol; other jobs, like tracking, only became common later.
3.  German shepherds are the most popular dog breed for police patrol work.
4.  In the United States, one of the first cities to use modern police dogs was South Orange, NJ.
5.  Police officers in K-9 units often have a special remote control to open the rear door of their patrol car: this allows them to let their police dog out to help even if they're away from the patrol car.

If you want to know more about police dogs, make sure to check out Police Dog Heroes from the "Amazing Working Dogs With the American Humane Society" series.

May 15, 2012

Enslow Salutes National Book Month

May is National Book Month. How is your library, school, or home celebrating this event?

The simplest, most direct way to salute National Book Month is to read books. Young readers, in particular, should be encouraged to enjoy the pleasure and adventure books deliver. You could start emerging readers with Enslow's Pre-K books that feature Guided Reading Levels A-D and exciting full-color photographs. Enslow's elementary titles provide children with a wide range of engaging informational texts, as well as new sports fiction books.  Our traditional strength in middle school and high school books remains a reliable Enslow constant. Our reluctant reader titles and popular celebrity biographies, such as our Robert Pattinson title, continue to draw consistent interest for classroom library paperback collections and public library offerings.

For more information about National Book Month, visit the National Book Foundation's website. Of course, you're welcome to share in the comments box below how your school, library, or household is celebrating National Book Month!

May 14, 2012

LeBron James wins 2012 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player Award

978-0-7660-3776-2 (library)
978-1-59845-231-0 (paperback)
LeBron has won this award for the third time in four seasons, becoming the first player since Michael Jordan to win at least three MVPs. The award was announced on Friday.

Enslow Elementary's Sports Stars Who Care series includes a title on LeBron. Written for third and fourth grade readers, these 48 page books will be enjoyed by your sports-loving readers. Other titles in this series include Dale Earnhardt, Jr., David Wright, Kevin Garnett, Peyton Manning, and Tom Brady.

May 11, 2012

Look What's In the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum Library!

Enslow is excited to find out that Black Sabbath: Pioneers of Heavy Metal by Brian Aberback from our Rebels of Rock series can be found in Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum library.

Library ISN: 978-0-7660-3379-5
Library and School Price: $23.95
List Price: $31.93
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59845-212-9
Paperback Price: $9.95

Black Sabbath, the band that created heavy-metal music, could not envision making rock history when the band formed in Birmingham, England, in the late 1960s. Back then, the poor and working-class young men of Black Sabbath were hoping to simply make a living playing music so that they could escape a life confined to boring factory work. Black Sabbath’s journey from Birmingham to the big time is a remarkable story of highs and lows, of fallout and reconciliation. Their music and their aggressive, rebellious nature have inspired and influenced countless bands in a number of rock genres, from hard rock and heavy metal to punk to rap.

May 09, 2012

Johnny Depp Doesn't Dance

Johnny Depp, along with Michelle Pfeiffer, and Chloe Grace Moretz, appeared on the Ellen Show yesterday to talk about their experience making their new movie, "Dark Shadows" that opens in theaters this Friday.  Johnny also revealed his fear of dancing. You can watch the video here.

To learn more about Johnny Depp, check out our Johnny Depp: Movie Megastar biography from our Hot Celebrity Biographies series.
Library Edition ISBN: 978-0-7660-3567-6
School & Library Price: $17.95
Paperback ISBN: ISBN 978-0-7660-3631-4
Paperback Price: $7.95

May 08, 2012

It's National Teacher Day

It's National Teacher Day and many communities are honoring their educators. If you're a teacher tell us how you are being honored or if you're a parent tell us how you are honoring your child's teacher.

ISBN: 978-0-7660-4045-8
24 pp.
School & Library Price: $15.95
Enslow's new title coming out this fall, Teachers Help Us, lets beginning readers explore what a teacher does while helping young readers learn to recognize simple words as they are reinforced with supporting color photos. This is just one of eight titles in our new All About Community Helpers series that will be available this fall. Reserve your copy today!

London Olympics Will Be Swan Song for Michael Phelps' Swim Career

Michael Phelps, arguably the greatest swimmer in American sports history, has announced that the 2012 London Olympics will be his final competitive venue. The story, as reported by CNN, notes that Phelps has re-committed himself to the arduous training typically required of medal-level Olympic athletes. For American aspirations for Olympic gold, Phelps' entry is a promising omen. He has won 16 Olympic medals over the years, fourteen of which were gold medals.

Young readers can learn more about Phelps' interesting life story in Enslow Publishers' biography of the swimmer. Author David Torsiello's Guided Reading Level "S" work explores highlights of Phelps' career as well as his background growing up in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. This 48-page book, part of Enslow's "Hot Celebrity Biographies" series, is available in paperback for $7.95 (a free dowloadable teacher's guide is also available for this book.) The book may also be purchased in a library-bound edition for $17.95. That price, available to schools and public libraries, represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for the library-bound edition.

May 07, 2012

May is Better Hearing and Speech Month

The American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) has declared May to be Better Hearing and Speech Month. This site explains the specifics of how we hear, as well as screening and testing, implants and hearing aids, and more. Speech and language development, as well as disorders affecting them are also discussed. This website also has a section dedicated to students considering a career in these fields.

978-0-7660-3771-7 library binding
978-1-4644-0156-5 paperback
Overcoming Barriers is Enslow's series geared toward different methods of communication for the elementary student. Two of the titles in this series are helpful for the hard of hearing student. Written for grades 3-4, these 48 page books discuss being deaf and sign language. In What Is Sign Language?, learn how a fourth-grade student uses sign language to communicate.

Titles in the Overcoming Barriers series are available in library editions. The paperback editions will be available this fall.

May 03, 2012

Bieber met with Kanye! See where they met in print!

Paperback ISBN: 1-59845-287-7
You heard it: Kanye West met up with Justin Bieber at the studio where Bieber was working on his upcoming album. Find out how Justin first met Kanye in our book, Justin Bieber: Teen Music Superstar from our Hot Celebrity Biographies series. "Like" us on Facebook and take advantage of our limited time free shipping offer.

"Dark Shadows" starring Johnny Depp opens soon!

Paperback ISBN: 978-0-7660-3631-4
Johnny Depp will be starring in the new movie "Dark Shadows" opening in theaters on May 11th. You can view the Dark Shadows movie trailer here.

Did you know that Johnny Depp started his career in the early 1980s performing in a band call the Flame? To earn money he also worked in construction, as a mechanic, and as a telemarketer selling clocks. He even sold ballpoint pens to people over the phone before his wife introduced him to actor, Nicholas Cage. It was 1984 when Depp landed a small part in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street

You can read more about Johnny Depp and his career in our book, Johnny Depp: Movie Megastar from our Hot Celebrity Biographies series for grades 5–9. "Like" us on Facebook and receive our limited time free shipping offer.

May 02, 2012

Congratulations to our April raffle winner!

Congratulations to the Media Center at Heritage Trails Elementary School in Moore, Oklahoma for winning our monthly raffle of $100 in free books!

Are you on Team Jacob?

Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59845-288-4
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Parts 2 arrives in theaters on November 16, 2012. You can view the teaser trailer here. If you're on Team Jacob you might want to check out who Taylor Lautner had dinner with last night here.

If you'd like to learn more about Taylor Lautner and his career you can check out our Taylor Lautner: Film Superstar title from our Hot Celebrity Biographies series in paperback. Be sure to "like" us on Facebook to take advantage of our Free Shipping Offer for a limited time only.