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October 28, 2013

Sizzling celebrities

Enslow's new biography series, written for the reluctant reader, contains 48 page books on high-interest celebrities. These titles are available in library, paperback, and eBook formats.

Adele is one of the subjects in the Sizzling Celebrities series. Read about her childhood, her first musical interests, and her rise to fame. Demi explores this talented actress life, and struggles with bipolar disorder. Read about Drake's rise to stardom, his family, friends, and fans. Discover what motivates him, and his plans for the future. Growing up in Arizona, Emma Stone began acting by joining  the Valley Youth Theatre. Learn how Emma convinced her parents to allow her to move to Hollywood, and more! Jennifer Lawrence started her acting career in New York City. The roles she took in the beginning to get her foot in the acting door are described, and what she had to do as those characters is explained as well. Another Hunger Games actor, Josh Hutcherson is featured in a sixth book in the series. He got his first role at the age of nine. Learn more about his career path and his plans for the future. The seventh title in the series is about Logan Lerman. Read about Logan's early acting roles, his rise to fame, and what his plans are for his future.

The titles in the Sizzling Celebrity series will soon be aligned with the Common Core standards.

All of these titles are available from your preferred vendor, your local independent bookstore,, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

August 05, 2013

Which famous musician would have celebrated a birthday yesterday?

Louis Armstrong! If he were alive today, he would have celebrated his 112th birthday. Not only was he
known for his musical talent on the trumpet, he was also a singer. He earned his nickname, "Satchmo," after his friends noticed how big his smile was. He was initially nicknamed Satchel Mouth, which, over the years, became "Satchmo."

Part of the Famous African Americans series, Louis Armstrong is written for the upper elementary reader, and is matched to the Common Core Standards. Available in both library and paperback versions, this title is available from, your preferred vendor, your local independent bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

For the middle school reader, Louis Armstrong, part of the African-American Biography Library series, is also matched to the Common Core Standards. This 128-page book explains how Louis overcame poverty and adversity to become a well-respected musician and singer. This library-bound title is also available from, your preferred vendor, your independent bookstore, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

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May 28, 2013

Jim Thorpe: Happy Birthday!

Jim Thorpe was born on this day in 1887. The Oklahoman, of mixed native American and European heritage, was arguably America's greatest athlete. He excelled at the highest level in pro football during era when players had both offensive and defensive positions. Thorpe spent six years in big league baseball, mainly with the New York Giants. He also was a gold medal Olympian in the pentathlon and decathlon. There's even a city in Pennsylvania named after him. Thorpe's athletic feats and fascinating off-field life forms the basis of Enslow Publishers' biography of the legendary sportsman. Author Michael A. Schuman's 128-page, age-appropriate work vividly recounts Thorpe's challenges and triumphs. The book includes purposeful color and black-and-white illustrations, as well as useful backmatter.

Jim Thorpe: There's No Such Thing as "Can't," part of Enslow's "Americans--The Spirit of a Nation" series, is available in a library-bound edition from Enslow for $23.95. That price represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price to school and library customers. The title is also available from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, and Amazon.

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August 25, 2011

Angelina Jolie Directs with Heart

Angelina Jolie:  Celebrity with Heart
ISBN:  978-0-7660-3403-7
Library Bound:  $23.95
 One of the titles in our Celebrities with Heart series, Angelina Jolie: Celebrity with Heart, talks about how Jolie’s brother would point a video camera in her direction then call out, "Come on, Angie, give us a show!" This time she will be the one behind the camera with her upcoming movie, In the Land of Blood and Honey, which will be released in December of this year. Not only will this be the screen actress’ directorial debut, but she also wrote this love story that takes place in the middle of the Bosnian Civil War during the 1990’s. Enslow’s biography on this talented star discusses her work with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in depth and gives insight into her personal concern for those affected by war all over the world. This 128-page, perceptive account of Jolie’s personal, humanitarian, and professional ambitions, written by Michael A. Schuman, is an enjoyable read for grades 6 and up!

January 26, 2011

Fun Facts about Scarlett Johannson

  • Did you know she is a twin? She has a twin brother, Hunter.
  • Her family lived in New York City when she was growing up?
  • She studied method acting at the Lee Strasberg Theater Institute for Young People?
  • In the movie Manny and Lo, Scarlett's parents, sister Vanessa, and brother Hunter all had small parts, however Scarlett was a co-star
  • In which movie did she do voice over work? The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
Interested in reading more about her? Click here.

January 12, 2011

On this day in 1969

Led Zeppelin's self-titled first album was released.

Formed in Britain as The New Yardbirds in the late 1960s, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Bonham, and John Paul Jones soon changed their band's name to Led Zeppelin. With their bluesy rock 'n' roll songs and rousing lyrics, they became one of the greatest rock bands of all time.
Interested in learning more about this band? Enslow has both library and paperback versions of Led Zeppelin: Legendary Rock Band, written for the middle school reader.

November 08, 2010

On this date in 1971

The album "Led Zeppelin IV," which included the song "Stairway to Heaven," was released.

In 2007 the last three remaining members of the band performed in the Ahmet Tribute Concert a tribute concert dedicated to Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. Led Zeppelin owed their career to Atlantic Records. This concert was done by lottery, and the money raised went to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to needy students in the United States, Great Britain, and Ertegun's home country, Turkey.

Want to learn more and reminisce about Led Zeppelin? Click here.

September 09, 2010

Happy Birthday Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler is one of the biggest comedy film stars in the world today. He starred in many box-office smashes, from The Waterboy, to The Wedding Singer, to Funny People. What many do not know, however, is how much time and money Sandler has generously devoted to charitable causes, including charities that help fight autism, research treatments for spinal cord injuries, and give aid to those suffering in the war-torn region of Darfur in Africa.

This title is available in both library-bound and paperback versions.

August 14, 2010

Happy Birthday Halle Berry

Halle Berry "Beauty Is Not Just Physical"
Author: Michael A. Schuman
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-2467-0
Publication Year: 2006
Interest Level: Grades 6-up
Page Count: 112

"Being thought of as 'a beautiful woman' has spared me nothing in life," says Halle Berry. With her extraordinary beauty, wealth, and an Academy Award for Best Actress, it seems as if Berry has it all. Yet her life has been anything but a fairytale. From the pain of an abusive father to the sting of racism from her peers, Berry emerged as a high achiever, beauty queen, and model. As an actor, her beauty often kept her from being considered for meaningful roles, and it took a while for her to achieve the success she deserved. In 2002, Berry’s Academy Award–winning performance in the small-budget art film Monster's Ball made history, stirred controversy, and launched her into superstardom.

August 04, 2010

Today would have been Louis Armstrong's birthday

One of the greatest trumpet-playing, jazz musicians ever, Louis Armstrong's trademark "scat" singing and natural showmanship dazzled audiences for over fifty years. Patricia and Fredrick McKissack have authored an elementary biography about Louis Armstrong while Michael A. Schuman's biography is for the middle school reader.

Happy Birthday Mr. President!

Ever want to read a biography about the President? Enslow has two: one geared toward the elementary student and the other is for the middle school reader.

Enslow also has a pictorial series about the First Family entitled The Obama Family Photo Album, which includes photos of the First Family (and Bo!)

May 28, 2010

Today would have been Jim Thorpe's birthday

Jim Thorpe "There's No Such Thing as 'Can't'"
Author: Michael A. Schuman
State Affiliation of Author: NH
ISBN-13: 978-0-7660-3021-3
Publication Year: 2009
Interest Level: Grades 5-up
Page Count: 128

American Indian Jim Thorpe made great feats a routine during his athletic career, winning gold medals in the Olympics and playing professional baseball and football. Although he faced bitter racism during his life, Thorpe continued to excel. When he received his gold medal for the decathlon in the 1912 Olympics, the King of Sweden proclaimed him the "greatest athlete in the world." Author Michael A. Schuman relates this American's exciting story, including the revocation and ultimate return of his gold medals, using interviews with Jim Thorpe's son and daughter as part of his research.

March 24, 2010

On this day in 2002

Halle Berry became the first African-American performer to win a best actress Oscar for her performance in "Monster's Ball."