June 28, 2013

EngageNY includes Heroes in Greek Mythology Rock! in Grade 6 Unit!

EngageNY.org, a website maintained by the New York State Department of Education, has included Heroes in Greek Mythology Rock! by Karen Bornemann Spies as a recommended text in its Grade 6 Language Arts Common Core-focused curriculum.  The EngageNY unit plan can be found here.

Heroes in Greek Mythology Rock! is available through Enslow Publishers direct or through your preferred vendor.  The Paperback edition is available for $9.95, and Library edition is available for $31.93 list price and direct from Enslow with a 25% school and library discount for $23.95.

Handy Health Guides for Teens

All kids get common colds, rashes, cuts and scrapes, and cavities, and everyone knows someone who has had head lice, pinkeye, chickenpox, or a broken bone. This series explains the science behind common illnesses and injuries and also emphasizes the importance of maintaining personal health. The Handy Health Guides series for grades 5–up is an engaging series about health and the human body. The 12 books in the series cover topics that are relevant and interesting to the middle-school reader.With a fun and conversational tone, these health guides will come in handy!

Coming Fall 2013!

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June 27, 2013

Overcoming Barriers

Today we celebrate Helen Keller's birthday and how she overcame the obstacles in her life. Helen Keller was born both deaf and blind. She traveled to many countries working for world peace and for the rights of deaf and blind people. Helen Keller never learned American Sign Language. Instead, she used fingerspelling by touch taught to her by her teacher, Anne Sullivan. To speak with her, a person fingerspelled into her hand. She could "read" fingerspelling with amazing speed.

Young readers can learn how people today are overcoming barriers with this new series from Enslow!

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June 25, 2013

The Korean War Remembered

On this day in 1950, North Korean military forces launched an invasion of South Korea. The subsequent conflict lasted three years during which over 33,000 American soldiers died. A number of memorials have been created to commemorate the efforts of American and Allied armed forces in the Korean conflict. Among the most notable is the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Books about veterans and Veterans Day offer a way for young readers to learn about and recognize the contributions veterans have made for our country. Enslow Publishers' What Is Veterans Day? provides a thoughtful, quite accessible introduction to this significant topic. Author Elaine Landau's 24-page work deliver a nifty mix of well-written text and skillfully chosen, full-color photographs that tell the story of this important day.

The book, included in the "I Like Holidays!" series, is available directly from Enslow in a library-bound edition for $15.95; that price represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price for this title. The book is also available in paperback for $6.95. What Is Veterans Day? can also be obtained from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

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June 24, 2013

Can you name some computer pioneers besides Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Steve Wozniak?

How about An Wang? An Wang built his computer company with just $600 in savings in 1951. By the
1980s, his company had thousands of employees and was worth several billion dollars. Wang computers were essentially word processing terminals. Before inventing the word processor, he created a desktop calculator.

Grace Hopper contributed to the development of Common Business-Oriented Language (COBOL), a computer language. She worked with the Mark I which was a computer used by the Navy to calculate firing distances for weapons. Grace was fascinated with computers, and after retiring from the Navy, worked at Harvard on Mark II and Mark III.

Other computer inventors mentioned in Pioneering American Computer Geniuses include: Herman Hollerith, John von Neumann, John W. Mauchly and J. Presper Eckert, Jr., Jack Kilby and Robert Noyce, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak, Marc Hannah, and Marc Andreessen.

There are also five other titles in the Inspiring Collective Biographies series. All six titles are available in both library and paperback editions, and can be found through your local vendor, your local independent bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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June 21, 2013

Melissa Stewart Recaps 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference

Enslow author, Melissa Stewart recently attended the 21st Century Children's Nonfiction Conference on the campus of the State University of New York in New Paltz. Writers, illustrators, designers, educators, and editors held workshops for those interested in learning more about opportunities in publishing nonfiction for children. 

Melissa spoke as part of the faculty panel discussing "21st Century Publishing: A Time of Transition." We asked Melissa to recap her experience at the conference. Here is what she had to say:

Recently, I had the great privilege and pleasure of being a guest lecturer for an online course taught by renowned children’s book author and editor Marc Aronson for Rutgers University. The class, Nonfiction and Common Core, is intended for students working toward their master’s degree in library information science.

In preparation, I decided to review the rest of the curriculum and I ran across something that blew my mind—a lesson called “Nonfiction Taxonomy.”

What’s that, you ask?

It turns out that Marc and his Uncommon Corps colleagues have developed a brand new, totally amazing system for classifying children’s nonfiction. I was so excited by the system that I asked if I could discuss it at last weekend's conference, and Marc gave me permission.

The classification system consists of seven broad categories:

Data: In more friendly terms, you might call this category Fasts Facts. It includes Eyewitness Books, The Guinness Book of World Records, and my own book Animal Grossapedia. These are the concise, fact-filled books that groups of boys read together and discuss.

Expository: You might call this category Facts Plus. The facts are interwoven into a content-area explanation. This is could be considered “traditional” nonfiction, except that there’s nothing traditional about today’s expository titles. Their engaging text and rich, dynamic art and design are sure to delight as well as inform young readers.

Narrative: This is a category we’ve heard a lot (I mean A LOT) about in the last few years. It’s the current darling of awards committees. Narrative titles present facts in the form of a true story with a narrative arc.

But here’s the thing. As you learn about the next few categories, I think you’ll see that some books have been lumped into the narrative category when there are actually better ways to describe them.

Disciplinary Thinking: These books reveal how scientists and historians go about their work, how they evaluate evidence and form theories. This category might also be called something like Experts at Work. Scientists in the Field books are the perfect example, but if you think about it, it won’t take long to think of single titles that do the same thing.   

Inquiry: This category could also be called Ask & Answer. In these books, the author raises a question or a group of related questions and then seeks the answer. Sally Walker’s Written in Bone is a great example, but these are the kinds of books Peter Lourie has been writing for years. And one of my favorites is What Bluebirds Do by Pamela F. Kirby.

Interpretation: For these books, authors research a topic widely, find their own meaning in the information, and present the content from that point of view. Charles & Emma by Deborah Heiligman is the first title that leaps to mind, but I’d also put books like Those Rebels, Tom and John by Barbara Kerley and Almost Astronauts by Tanya Lee Stone in that category. I think we’ll see more of these books in the future because this type of presentation directly supports Common Core.

Action: This is the trickiest category. It offers a separate spot for titles that invite young readers to take action. The most obvious example is Citizen Scientists by Loree Griffin Burns, but I think it’s the kind of book we’ll see more of in the future.

My presentation was just one small bit of a fantastic 3-day conference that focused exclusively on nonfiction. Woo-hoo. Talented authors, editors, and other publishing industry gurus came together to discuss the future of nonfiction, from craft and Common Core to transmedia and book promotion. Anyone interested in nonfiction—authors, illustrators, editors, educators, designers, digital developers—should mark the next year’s conference dates on their calendars. It will be June 20-22, 2014 on the campus of SUNY New Paltz.

Author Note: Melissa Stewart is the award-winning author of more than 150 science books for children. She has always been fascinated by the natural world and is passionate about sharing its beauty and  wonder with readers of all ages. For information about Melissa and her books you can visit her web site.

June 20, 2013

The Bald Eagle is an American Symbol

Today is American Eagle Day so we're featuring a book about an American symbol, the bald eagle.This book is for grades 1–2 and includes sight words and simple sentences, perfect for these early readers.
"The bald is a bird. It is not really bald! It has a white head."

Other titles in the All About American Symbols series:

Enslow books are available from Enslow.com, online retailers, bookstores, and your favorite vendors.

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June 18, 2013

Astronaut Sally Ride Included in New Enslow Collective Bio Series

The late Dr. Sally Ride always stood out from the crowd. Her high academic achievements, in scientific fields  where women were not always warmly welcomed, were consistent with her strong character and brilliant mind. She had the "right stuff" to become an astronaut and thrive in that profoundly macho world. In later life, Ride became a university professor and established her own educational enterprise.

Sally Ride's fascinating life story is included in Enslow's new Daredevil American Heroes of Exploration and Flight. Author Anne Schraff's 112-page book offers a collection of well-written, concise biographies of these courageous people. The work, part of Enslow's "Inspiring Collective Biographies" series, is among Enslow's Fall 2013 season's new offerings.

The book is available from Enslow in a library-bound edition for $23.95; that price represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price.A paperback edition is also available for $9.95.

You may also purchase these books from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

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June 17, 2013

Interested in the Battle of Bunker Hill?

The Battle of Bunker Hill actually took place on Breed's Hill, which was slightly closer to Boston than Bunker Hill. The battle itself became known as the Battle at Bunker Hill, but is also called the Battle at Breed's Hill. The invading British wore thick winter uniforms in the June heat, and had to deal with lots of mud which made walking with their heavy boots difficult. The British won this particular battle, driving the colonial army away. The British did not take the colonial army seriously, thinking that they were not well trained.

The American Revolution started with the Battle at Lexington in April of 1775, was fought at Bunker Hill in June of 1775, and continued until October 1781, with the final battle taking place in Yorktown.

This middle school title, available in both library and paperback editions, is available directly from Enslow, your preferred vendor, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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June 14, 2013

Today is Flag Day

Here are two great books that introduce our American symbol to young readers:

PreK–Grade 1
Authors Alison and Steven Eldridge explore the symbolism of the American flag in the The American Flag: An American Symbol book. Early readers will discover the colors of the flag, the meaning of the stars, and where the flag is flown.

Grades K–3
Superheroes are always good citizens . . . or are they? When Molly dons her clever crown and Ben ties on his courageous cape, this duo can accomplish anything. However, even superheroes must sometimes be reminded to show good citizenship. Follow Molly through a daring adventure in becoming a better citizen in Molly the Great Respects the Flag. A Free Educator's Guide is available through our web site.

June 13, 2013

Speeding Star and Books for Boys

Enslow Publishers Announces New Trade Imprint
Speeding Star, a new list of trade books for boys, will launch in fall 2013 as an imprint of Enslow Publishers, a long-time publisher of books for the school and library market.

Speeding Star will be devoted to publishing easy-to-read fiction and informational titles for boys and young men from third grade to high school.  The inaugural list will consist of 16 high-interest titles ranging from zombie mysteries, to race cars and profiles of sports stars.

“Enslow is thrilled to announce that we are expanding beyond the school and library market and into the trade world,” says Mark Enslow, president of Enslow.  Speeding Star’s mission is to create content that appeals to boys’ interests and publish books that will keep boys reading.”

Enslow unveiled the new trade imprint at the Book Expo America (BEA) 2013 in New York where advance reader copies were distributed. Speeding Star titles will be published September 1, 2013. All titles will be available in trade hardcover and eBook formats and will be available for purchase directly from Enslow, major book distributors, your favorite independent bookstore, and online retailers. You can pre-order these titles now from Amazon.

To learn more about Speeding Star or to request review copies of any of the titles, please visit, SpeedingStar.com or contact Enslow Publishers directly by calling 1-800-398-2504 for more information.

June 11, 2013

Fun, Illustrated "You Choose" K-3 Series Focuses on Values Education

Values education titles suitable for young readers present many challenges for those who create them. Enslow Publishers' artfully addresses these concerns in its new "You Choose" series. This four-book group, written for children in Grades K-3, makes values exploration a fun activity. Author Sarah Eason's thoughtful, age-appropriate writing is designed to engage a reader through each section and conclude it consideration of a values-oriented question. The fun illustrations, such as those that appear in Eason's Hand It Over, Harry: Don't Steal, add a sense of playful exploration to each 32-page book.

Each book in the "You Choose" series, among Enslow Publishers' new titles for the Fall 2013 season, is available directly from Enslow in a library-bound edition for $16.95; that price represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price. The books are also available in paperback for $6.95 per title.

The books are also be available from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

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June 10, 2013

Looking for math books for your sports fans?

Written for the upper elementary student, learn math concepts through sports examples. Each chapter opens with general rules and facts about that particular sport, and then math examples are shown, demonstrating
how math is used in that particular sport. Curious to know how large the penalty box is in soccer? Score with Soccer Math gives you the formula.

For the race car fan, how much total time does a race car lose during pit stops in a 500-mile race? Score with Race Car Math instructs the reader how to calculate that number.

The other four titles in the series, Score with Track and Field Math, Score with Football Math, Score with Basketball Math, and Score with Baseball Math, all follow the same format. Teachers stopping by our booth at BookExpo America liked looking through these titles!

All six of these titles, available in both library and paperback editions, can be ordered from your preferred vendor, independent bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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June 07, 2013

Chicago Public Library Children's Best of the Best

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Looking for great books to add to your child's summer reading list? Check out the Chicago Public Library Children's Best of the Best 2012 list. Enslow's All About Good Foods We Eat series is named in the "Fit to Read: Books to Inspire Healthy Living" category. 

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June 06, 2013

New York Journal of Books reviews "When the Children Marched"

This May marked the 50th anniversary of the children's marches in Birmingham. We are thrilled that New York Journal of Books has just posted a great review of our book "When the Children Marched: The Birmingham Civil Rights Movement" by Robert H. Mayer.

Reviewer Rita Lorraine Hubbard says, "This book should flourish wherever it is found..." You can read the full review here.

The book and eBook are available wherever books and eBooks are sold including AmazonBarnes and Noble, your favorite independent bookstore, or your preferred vendor.

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June 05, 2013

Congratulations to our May 2013 raffle winner!

We want to congratulate the library at South End Elementary School in Connecticut for winning our May raffle of $100 in free books!

June 04, 2013

Enslow Holocaust Title Included Among Pennsylvania State Library Association's Top 2012 Nonfiction Titles

Author James M. Deem's Auschwitz: Voices From the Death Camp continues to receive acclaim from library professionals. The 128-page work was included on the Pennsylvania School Library Association's "PSLA Top 40 (or so) 2012 Titles" nonfiction and professional book list. The book features primary source materials and first-person accounts of the concentration camp's construction, subsequent daily activities, and the murder of more than one million prisoners.

Deem's book, part of Enslow's "The Holocaust Through Primary Sources" series, is available in a paperback edition for $9.95. A library-bound edition of Auschwitz: Voices From the Death Camp is also available directly from Enslow Publishers for $23.95; that price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for this title.

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

June 03, 2013

New title by award-winning author now available

Demi! Latina Star Demi Lovato is now available from Enslow Publishers, Inc. The author, Jeff Burlingame, also wrote Jesse Owens: "I Always Loved Running", which won the 2012 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work Youth/Teens.

In this new title, the author describes how Demi was bullied by her junior high school classmates, and was homeschooled because of this. She has also struggled and been treated for depression, and discovered she was bipolar while in treatment for her mental health struggles.

This 48-page book, available in both library and paperback versions, is great for reluctant readers. Part of the Sizzling Celebrities series, these titles are available on Enslow.com, Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or through your preferred vendor. The other titles in this series are: Adele!, Drake!, Emma!, Jennifer!, Josh!, and Logan!.

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