Showing posts with label People to Know Today. Show all posts
Showing posts with label People to Know Today. Show all posts

July 02, 2012

Anniversary of grand opening of first store

On this day in 1962, in Rogers, Arkansas, Sam Walton opened the first Wal-Mart. Within 20 years, that first store was the first of 551 in 15 states. He had started working at a J. C. Penney store, and became friends with the Butler brothers who owned the chain of stores that went by the Ben Franklin name. He worked for them for a while before wanting to open his own store.

Now open in 15 countries, under 55 different names, and 8,500 stores, Walmart has become a brand-name, known for its reasonable merchandise prices.

A biography of Sam Walton was written by Sally Lee and is part of Enslow's People to Know Today series. Written for the middle school market, this book is a great read for entrepreneurial students.

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.

December 05, 2010

Happy Birthday Walt Disney

Has anyone been to The Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco? From the descriptions on the web site, it sounds like a fun and interesting place. The last time I was in San Francisco (which was several years ago) they were renovating the buildings in the Presidio that contain the museum. One of my brothers lives in San Francisco and drove through the Presidio to show me the buildings. The views from that area are simply spectacular!

Enslow's Walt Disney title is for middle school readers. It's simply amazing what this man, with the help of his brother, was able to create.

September 17, 2010

Happy Birthday Lance Armstrong

Dedicated to educating the public about cancer as well as raising money for research, Lance Armstrong has beaten the odds against his own battle with cancer.

Elementary readers will enjoy learning about Lance in this 48 page book. For middle school readers, this 128 page book will explain Armstrong's Foundation and his "LiveStrong" yellow wristbands.

September 01, 2010

Happy Birthday Dr. Phil

Dr. Phil: Self-Help Guru and TV Superstar
Author: Mary Main
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2696-4
Publication Year: 2007
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

One of the most visible and recognizable men in America today, Dr. Phillip C. McGraw is a best-selling author, life coach, and the star of "The Dr. Phil Show." Dr. Phil was not always wealthy and successful. His experiences as a child and young adult taught him that setting firm goals and working hard would eventually result in the life he wanted. Dr. Phil's combination of psychotherapy, folksy humor and common sense advice continue to make him one of America’s most popular celebrities.

July 31, 2010

Happy Birthday J. K. Rowling

Enslow Publishers has two titles for your middle school/high school student on Ms. Rowling. The first, written for the middle school student, is an unauthorized biography. The second, geared toward the high school student, discusses censorship, and the Harry Potter books in particular.

July 30, 2010

Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger

Arnold Schwarzenegger From Superstar to Governor
Author: Sally Lee
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2625-4
Publication Year: 2006
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Arnold Schwarzenegger was only fifteen years old when he made up his mind: "I wanted to do something special," he said, "to be recognized as the best." Schwarzenegger set his sights on becoming the top bodybuilder in the world, and after that—a rich and famous movie star. He never doubted his ability to reach his goals. In 2003, the popular action hero aimed his ambition and energy in another direction: politics. As governor of the richest and most populous state in the country, Schwarzenegger has faced his biggest challenges yet.

June 14, 2010

Today is Donald Trump's birthday

Donald Trump From Real Estate to Reality TV
Author: Sara McIntosh Wooten
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2890-6
Publication Year: 2008
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Before Donald Trump entered the world of television with his hit reality show, The Apprentice, he made a name for himself as a hard-driving real estate developer in New York City. From there he expanded his property interests to include casinos in Atlantic City and top-notch golf courses around the country. He has published a number of books about his life and insights on business, many of which have become best-sellers. This biography explores the successes, as well as the difficulties of Mr. Trump's life, as it introduces young adults to this interesting and controversial personality.

May 26, 2010

Today would have been Dorothea Lange's birthday

Dorothea Lange A Life in Pictures
Author: Laura Baskes Litwin
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2697-1
Publication Year: 2007
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Dorothea Lange was an influential American photographer and photojournalist. Lange is best known for her Depression-era work, which gave a face to the widespread human suffering that was taking place across the country at that time. Lange's work during this period, in addition to her later work, would profoundly influence the development of documentary photography.

May 10, 2010

Bono celebrates his birthday today

Bono Rock Star Activist
Author: Martha P. Trachtenberg
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2695-7
Publication Year: 2008
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 128

Bono is lead singer of the internationally acclaimed rock band, U2. In addition to his fame as a rock superstar, Bono has also became widely known for his activism in recent years and has even been a candidate for the Nobel Peace Prize. Today Bono stands as a shining example of a superstar who gives back in the hopes of making our world a better place.

March 29, 2010

Birthday of Sam Walton

Sam Walton Business Genius of Wal-Mart
Author: Sally Lee
State Affiliation of Author: TX
State Affiliation of Title: AR, MO, OK
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2692-6

ISBN-10: 0-7660-2692-2
Publication Year: 2007
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 112

Sam Walton was the founder of the tremendously successful retail chain, Wal-Mart. In addition to his business accomplishments, Walton supported various charitable causes, including those of his church, the Presbyterian Church. The Sam and Helen R. Walton Award was created in 1991 when the Waltons made a gift of six million dollars which included an endowment in the amount of three million dollars to provide annual awards to new church developments that are working in creative ways to share the Christian faith in local communities.

March 26, 2010

Birthday of Robert Frost

Today would have been Robert Frost's birthday.

You can also learn more about him here.