April 29, 2013

Keep America Beautiful month

Keeping America beautiful is not just picking up litter, which is a large problem, but also by helping to keep our environment safe and clean.

Green Issues in Focus, a series geared toward the middle school student, discusses different types of environmental impacts and what can be done to clean up and protect the environment. There are five titles in the series: Conserving and Protecting Water; Food for a Greener Planet; Green and Clean Energy; Solving the Air Pollution Problem; and Unloved and Endangered Animals.

These library-bound titles are available directly from www.enslow.com, your preferred vendor, Barnes & Noble, or Amazon.

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April 26, 2013

Will you be in New Orleans?

The New Orleans Jazz and Hertitage Festival starts today and runs through May 5. Many great artists will be appearing. But do you know the history of jazz? What about Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Herbie Hancock? What do they all have in common?  The answer is, they are all great jazz artists. 

Enslow's Incredible African-American Jazz Musicians from our African-American Collective Biographies series highlights how each of these musicians got started and what gifts they brought to the world of music.
Each of these musicians had their own voice, sound, or style of playing. Miles Davis played trumpet in a muted whisper. Charlie Parker's saxophone solos displayed phenomenal speed and variety. 

Library Edition ISBN: 978-1-59845-137-5
Paperback ISBN: 
The earliest jazz originated in New Orleans. It's musical elements were derived from African-American brass marching bands and ragtime music from the saloons. Known as Dixieland, it was characterized by several musicians simultaneously playing their improvisations based on the melody and chord pattern of the tune. The tune would most likely have been a popular song of the day or a blues that the musicians did not compose. Many of these early jazz musicians could not read music. But through improvisation they created exciting, joyful music that bore little resemblance to the original tune.
You can read more about the history of jazz and these eight great jazz musicians in our book, Incredible African American Jazz Musicians by Stephen Feinstein.
Available from EnslowBarnes and NobleAmazon, your favorite independent bookstore or your preferred vendor.

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April 25, 2013

Do you have a little chef in your home?

From party food...

to pizza and pasta...

to tasty desserts...

and even yummy snacks...

young chefs will find the simple steps accompanied by illustrations easy to follow.
Enslow's Little Chef series that will be available June 1 is already receiving great advance reviews.
Available for preorder from EnslowBarnes and NobleAmazon, your favorite independent bookstore, or your preferred vendor. Reserve your copies today!

April 24, 2013

Eco Chic: New Series for Fall 2013!

 We're excited to announce "Eco Chic", another of our Fall 2013 new series!  Discover different ways to recycle, customize, and add sparkle to your bedroom, your clothes, your accessories, and yourself!  Each book in the Eco Chic series is written in easy, accessible language with step-by-step instructions, color photos illustrating each step, and "eco-friendly" tips explaining recycling, reusing, and renewing.

Titles in the Eco Chic series include:
Crafts for Accessorizing that Look  ISBN 978-0-7660-4313-8
Crafts for Pampering Yourself  ISBN 978-0-7660-4314-5
Crafts for Revamping Your Room  ISBN 978-0-7660-4315-2
Crafts for Styling Your Wardrobe  ISBN 978-0-7660-4316-9

Eco Chic will be available this September direct from Enslow Publishers and from all of your favorite booksellers!

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April 23, 2013

Enslow's New Trade Imprint "Speeding Star" Offers Books for Boys

Enslow Publishers' has created a new trade book imprint called "Speeding Star!" The books, which are intended to encourage boys to read, are casual, fun works on topics young male readers enjoy.

Among the series included in "Speeding Star" is "Hall of Fame Sports Greats." This six-book ensemble offers biographies of recognizable athletes from the major American sports. The books describe the personal life and career of each sports figure, along with exciting recaps of their finest on-the-field achievements. Boys who follow football will delight in our biography of "Prime Time" Deion Sanders. The former NFL star, who remains very active as a television personality, had a spectacular, high-profile career. Author Glen Macnow's 64-page book explores "Prime Time's" highlights, including his performances in the Super Bowl and the World Series. (Sanders is the only athlete to participate in both events.)

Deion Sanders: Hall of Fame Football Superstar will be available in a trade hardcover edition for the Fall 2013 season. The list price for this book will be $14.95.

For more information about "Speeding Star" and Enslow's new trade hardcover books, visit our booth during this year's BEA event in New York!

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April 22, 2013

I Love Our Earth

The six titles in this elementary series cover a wide range of environmental issues, including the food chain, endangered animals, acid rain, global warming, and the ozone layer. These easy-to-read titles contain color photographs, which bring the text to life.

Find out what air is, why air is so important to everyone, and discover different ways to save our air. Why are animals important? Learning why that is so and how we can all help save them, can be found in the animals title. Forests provide shelter and food to all sorts of animals, as well as the trees themselves are used to make paper and wood products. Why is land important? Why are people important? Why is water important? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this series.

Available in both library and paperback versions, these titles can be found at your preferred vendor, your local bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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April 19, 2013

This Year Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham

Referred to as the "most segregated city in America," Birmingham, Alabama, became a hotbed for civil rights activity in the early 1960s. Great African-American leaders, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth, helped lead the civil rights movement in the city. In Birmingham, African-American youth marched, sang, and spoke out against segregation. Although they faced police dogs and fire hoses, they offered non-violent resistance and did not back down. 

This May will mark the 50th anniversary of the children's marches in Birmingham.  It's a great opportunity to check out these honor and award-winning books about the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham.

Enslow's When the Children Marched by Robert H. Mayer is now also available as an eBook.

You can see a sample list of special events being held throughout the year to commemorate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Birmingham.

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April 18, 2013

What if you were Paul Revere? What would you do?

General Thomas Gage was in charge of Massachusetts. On April 14, 1775, he received some special orders from Britain. He and his soldiers were to arrest John Hancock and Sam Adams. The pair was hiding out in Lexington.
     The British soldiers then were to go on to Concord.. The colonists had hidden weapons there. General Gage wanted those weapons destroyed.
     The raid would take place on April 18. The British hoped to surprise the colonists. If successful, they could hurt the rebel's cause.

What Would You Do?

What if you were Margaret Kemble Gage? She was General Gage's wife, who was born in the colonies. You overheard your husband discussing the attack. You do not want to betray him. Yet you do not want the king to crush the colonists. Would you alert the rebels? What do you think Margaret Kemble Gage did?

     On the evening of April 18, Warren asked Paul Revere to ride to Lexington. He was asked to warn Hancock and Adams that the British were coming. After that, he was to ride on to Concord to warn the colonists there.
     Colonists had formed their very own fighting groups called militias. In Massachusetts, these men were known as minutemen. They were proud that they could be ready to fight in a minute's notice. Now they would be put to the test.
     Revere had been a messenger for the patriots before. Tonight he would have to ride as fast as he could to get to Lexington and Concord before the British.
What Would You Do?

What if you were Paul Revere? Would you agree to do this? The British will be on the lookout for rebels tonight. If you are caught you could be arrested or even hanged! Would you be willing to take the risk?

The Revolutionary War Begins: Would You Join the Fight? is part our What Would You Do? series. It is available in library binding and in paperback from Enslow, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, and your favorite Indie store or preferred vendor. A free educator guide is also available.
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April 17, 2013

New Fall 2013 Series: Zoom In On...

We're proud to announce our new Fall 2013 series, "Zoom In On...", for grades 4-up.  Filled with up close, stunning photographs, this series give a  look at the yucky, wonderful, and bizarre microscopic world around us. Titles in this series include:

Zoom In On Bizarre Bugs
ISBN 978-0-7660-4309-1
Get an up close look at the insects that live all around you!

Zoom In On Body Invaders
ISBN 978-0-7660-4310-7
Learn about the bugs, parasites, and other creatures that live on or inside you!

Zoom in on Crime Scenes
ISBN 978-0-7660-4311-4
Zoom in on tiny things, such as hair, skin, broken glass, bacteria and dust—that reveal the truth about crimes.

Zoom in on House of Horrors
ISBN 978-0-7660-4312-1
Learn how to follow a cockroach trail, meet the beetles that love feasting on our carpets, and meet the whole cast of spiders, silverfish, dust mites, woodworms and other creatures that live in your house!

The "Zoom In On..." series will be available on 9/1/2013 from Enslow Publishers, Inc. and all of your favorite library vendors.

April 16, 2013

Enslow Salutes National Library Week

Enslow Publishers wants to take a moment to celebrate public librarians and school librarians/media specialists during National Library Week.(The ALA has provided some interesting public service announcement videos from Caroline Kennedy lauding librarians.) Librarians such as you juggle many balls, including working with adult and young patrons, providing programs that bring people to your library, and scouting content providers (such as Enslow) for material that make sense for your institution's collection development needs. We make every effort to understand your challenges and we appreciate the professionalism you bring to your jobs every day.

For young patrons, becoming familiar with a library's or media center's services helps them utilize the rich resources available. Enslow's Common Core correlated Master the Library and Media Center addresses this issue in ways accessible to elementary-aged readers. Author Ann Graham Gaines' age-appropriate text clearly and succinctly discusses the who, what, where, why, and how of a library. The 48-page book's friendly design, useful glossary, and excellent color photographs add zip and guidance to the book's important theme.

The book, part of Enslow's "Ace It! Information Literacy Series" is available directly from Enslow Publishers in a library-bound edition for $17.95. That price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for that title.

Master the Library and Media Center is also available from your preferred vendor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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April 15, 2013

Anniversary of the Titanic

On this day in 1912, the Titanic, the largest ocean liner ever built, struck a iceberg and sunk. Considered the most state-of-the-art ship at the time, it was five days into its maiden voyage when disaster struck. Even though the crew tried to steer the ship around the iceberg, the iceberg hit the side of the ship. Two hours Titanic had sunk, taking fifteen hundred passengers with it.
later, the

Built in Belfast, Ireland, the Titanic was the largest of the three ships built by the White Star Line. It was thought that the Titanic was indestructible. The hull was 882 feet long, nearly the length of three football fields. The ship had nine decks, which made it as tall as an eleven-story building. The hull was constructed with sixteen separate watertight compartments. Giant iron doors were added, so that if one compartment started taking on water, the door could be closed, preventing any water from flowing into other compartments.

Departing from Southampton, England, on April 10, 1912, the passenger list comprised some of the most wealthy and famous people in the world, including Benjamin Guggenheim and Isidor Straus (founder of Macy's department store.) More than half of the ship's passengers traveled in third class. Most of these passengers were immigrants, traveling to North America to start a new life for themselves.

Written for the upper elementary or middle school reader, this title describes what happened that night, introduces readers to those who tried and were able to help others, as well as investigates the aftermath, including why this ocean liner had only one voyage.

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April 12, 2013

Interview with Author Bonnie Pryor and Special eBook Offer

Bonnie Pryor is the author of several of Enslow's historical fiction books, including the Hannah Pritchard trilogy. She took some time recently to talk to us about how she combines historical facts with her fictional characters. 
Bonnie Pryor

Enslow:  What is your favorite childhood memory about books?

Bonnie:  My favorite memories are about reading and my favorite places to read were…sitting in a crook of an old plum tree, under my covers at night, inside my math book at school, and under the dining room table when I was supposed to be dusting….any place I had a book.

Enslow:   How has your upbringing influenced your writing?

Bonnie:  I suppose I had a fairly sheltered childhood with strict parents, so I have trouble imagining bad characters.

Enslow:  When did your interest in writing historical fiction start?

Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the
Revolution (Book  1)
Bonnie:  I’ve always enjoyed reading historical fiction, but, for some reason or other, I didn’t think of it until about fifteen years ago when an editor (knowing I liked historical fiction) suggested I try writing some.

Enslow:  What was your biggest challenge when writing The Hannah Pritchard trilogy?

Bonnie:  Fitting what was going on in the real world at that time into my story – for instance, John Paul Jones being in Portsmouth, NH, and Paul Revere in Boston.

Enslow:  What is your favorite trait of your female pirate character, Hannah Pritchard?

Bonnie:  Hannah is strong and independent. She figures things out and takes care of them on her own.

Enslow:   Hannah finds herself aboard an American privateer ship during the Revolutionary War and has to hide her female identity to be able to work as a cabin boy. How do you think this reflects the roles of women during this time period?

Pirate Hannah Pritchard:
Captured  (Book 2)
Bonnie:  Except for a few female pirates, who were not very nice characters, women were considered bad luck on a ship. Although women worked as hard and as well as men, they were restricted by the society of the times as to what they could and couldn’t do.

Enslow:  Hannah and her friends must complete some important missions for the Continental navy and outsmart an enemy pirate in a race to bring home the buried treasure. What’s your secret to writing fabulous adventures while still referencing real people and real historical events?

Bonnie:  I did a lot of research to get the timelines correct in my head. The events that were actually happening then were exciting, so it wasn’t hard to fit them into the story.

Captain Hannah Pritchard:
The Hunt for Pirate Gold
(Book 3)
Enslow:  What do you and Hannah have in common?

Bonnie:  Like Hannah, I’m an independent person with a mind of my own and I’ve always been fairly interested in having adventures.

Enslow:  If you could trade places for a day with one historical character, who would it be and why?

Bonnie:  It would be Margaret Mead. Growing up I admired her and her amazing adventures as an anthropologist and actually thought about going into that field.

About the Author: 
Bonnie Pryor claims she was ‘born loving books’ and it certainly seems as if books are the warp and weft upon which the threads of her life are woven.

Thirty years after the publication of her first book, Grandpa Bear, she has written and had published a total of thirty-seven books for children and young adults. Though her first love is picture books, she has written easy-to-read books, chapter books, mysteries, and historical fiction. Many of her books have been translated into different languages and are sold in countries around the world.

"The 'Real History Behind the Story' section is a great addition to this historical fiction series. These would be excellent books for teachers to use in their classrooms, because they intertwine American history with realistic tales."
     –Library Media Connection, March 2008

Consumers can take advantage of a SPECIAL OFFER on the eBook versions of the Hannah Pritchard trilogy from their favorite eBook retailers including Amazon and Kobo. For a limited time, Hannah Pritchard: Pirate of the Revolution (Book 1) is only 99 cents and Pirate Hannah Pritchard: Captured (Book 2) is just $3.49. Captain Hannah Pritchard: The Hunt for Pirate Gold (Book 3) is also available for $7.69.

April 09, 2013

Congratulations to our March raffle winner!

We want to congratulate the library of Wayne Junior Senior High School in Wayne, Nebraska for winning our $100 in free books!

The Media Specialist has been contacted and will send us her list of books soon!

Enslow Publishes McKissacks' Bio of Paul Robeson

Paul Robeson was born on this day in 1898. His life's journey is the subject of a recently published Enslow Publishers biography, Paul Robeson: A Voice for Change. This book, written by Patricia McKissack and Fredrick McKissack, offers young readers an opportunity to gain an introduction to Robeson's controversial life, his remarkable achievements, and the social and political issues in which he was immersed.

This 24-page book, suitable for readers in Grades One and Two, is correlated to national Common Core State Standards as well as individual state curricular standards. The work, included in Enslow's "Famous African Americans" series, is available in print and e-book editions. When you order directly from Enslow, the library-bound edition is $15.95; that price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price. A paperback edition is available for $6.95. A school or library unit may purchase a multi-use e-book version directly from Enslow for the discounted price of $20.95; that price represents a 25% institutional discount from Enslow's list price.

The Robeson biography is also available from your preferred vendor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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April 08, 2013

Looking for a cooking series for elementary readers?

The Little Chef, a series of four books written for the elementary reader, gives step-by-step instructions for making easy, tasty food with kid appeal. Each step includes not only written instructions, but an illustration as well. The list of needed ingredients for each recipe are also included in an illustration format. The glossary is also illustrated, which will help kids familiarize themselves with basic cooking terms.

Available 6/1/13
Fun Party Food includes recipes for guacamole, tomato and mozzarella skewers, chicken nuggets, popcorn balls, mini cheeseburgers, frozen yogurt, and more. Pizza and Pasta's recipes include tiny bow tie pasta salad, ham and cheese lasagna, stuffed mini pizzas, as well as white sauce and flavored oils. Chocolate-covered strawberries, brownies, cheesecake, and strawberry sherbet are some of the recipes found in Tasty Desserts. Want to make a chocolate shake? How about a puff pastry apple pie? Or how about a homemade mini pizza? Those are some of the recipes found in the Yummy Snacks book.

Available in both library and paperback versions, these titles are sure to please both kids and parents alike! Look for them at your local bookstore, your preferred vendor, on the Enslow web site, and at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.

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April 05, 2013

Learn About Booker T. Washington

With skills like farming, carpentry, and sewing, Booker T. Washington believed that blacks could find acceptance in the racist white society of the late 1880s. His school became a leading educator of African Americans, and he became a powerful national figure, advising business owners and even presidents. Though many considered Washington the most important black leader of his time, some other black leaders criticized his accommodating "Uncle Tom" views. In simple language, the McKissacks clarify Booker T. Washington's philosophy, accomplishments, and place in history.

Booker T. Washington: African American Leader from our Famous African Americans series for grades K–3 is available from EnslowAmazon, and Barnes and Noble. Now available in library, paperback, and eBook editions!

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April 04, 2013

Looking forward to the American Country Music Awards this weekend?

Stars like Tim McGraw and Taylor Swift will be appearing and performing at the 48th Annual American Country Music Awards this Sunday evening. Who is your favorite nominee?

ISBN: 978-1598452075

ISBN: 978-1598452860

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Give Book Spine Poetry a Try. Here's Ours...

In honor of National Poetry Month we assembled a few of the books from our shelves to create some book spine poetry. It's lots of fun to see what you can create. Give it try!

April 02, 2013

"Stories in American History" In Booklist's Top 10 Series Nonfiction List

The Secret of the Manhattan Project,
which received a starred Booklist review,
is one of the six works
in the"Stories in American History" series.
Enslow's "Stories in American History" series has been included on Booklist's "Top 10 Series Nonfiction" list. The six titles in this Enslow series, suitable for middle school readers, highlight defining moments in our nation's experience. Each of the series' 128-page books provide the solid text, excellent maps and illustrations, and strong back matter characteristic librarians and teachers expect from Enslow. The books are also are correlated to national and state Common Core College and Career Ready Standards (CCSS).

Each title in "Stories in American History" is available in a library-bound edition directly from Enslow Publishers for $23.95; that price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price. Paperback editions are also available for $9.95 from Enslow. You may also order the books from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

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April 01, 2013

April Fool's Day pranks

Did you know that in France, Belgium, and Italy, paper fish are tacked onto people's backs as a trick (hopefully, without being noticed) and shout "April Fish" in their local languages? Poland, Denmark, and Scotland have their own versions of different types of tricks played on others on April 1.

Some of the pranks Enslow employees have admitted to:

  • Gluing pages of the newspaper together
  • Replacing a spouse's morning cup of coffee with tea (or vice versa)
  • Making a bunch of photo-copies of a paper clip and then loading those copies into the paper tray. Watch as co-workers go nuts looking for the paper clip!
  • Coated a hard-boiled egg in melted chocolate. Let the chocolate cool, and then wrap in tin-foil so that it appears to be a chocolate Easter egg.
  • Put a bunch of fake parking tickets on a neighbor's car . . . in his own driveway!
  • Set up a dummy of himself on the couch, reading the newspaper. Kids came downstairs and couldn't understand why the dummy wasn't answering them. Prankster was hiding and laughing from a nearby coat closet.

Let us know what April Fools Day pranks you have done to your family, friends, or coworkers!