August 02, 2011

Shaun White Scores at X Games, Has Cameo in New Justin Timberlake Movie

Shaun White, the 24-year-old Olympic gold medalist, struck gold again at this past weekend's summer X Games. He put on a dazzling show to win against world-class competition; GrindTV's story and accompanying videos detail his remarkable, winning performance. White's athletic triumph caps a busy summer for him. His cameo in Justin Timberlake's new movie Friends with Benefits gives White's fans an opportunity to see him on the big screen.

White's life and career make the stuff of compelling summer reading. Shaun White: Snow and Skateboard Champion, Enslow Publishers' biography of the sports superstar, provides a fascinating window into White's exciting life. Author Marty Gitlin's 48-page work depicts White's love of challenge and desire for success as positive forces in his life. The Guided Reading Level "S" book's age-appropriate vocabulary and contemporary design make it appealing to young readers. The book also provides reliable sources for further reading about this intriguing athlete and media star.

Enslow Publishers offers Shaun White: Snow and Skateboard Champion in a backpack-friendly, easily-shared paperback edition for $7.95. (A free teacher's guide to this book is available for educators and librarians.) A library-bound version is also available.

PS. Justin Timberlake fans: Enslow also offers a 48-page biography of the music and film star. The paperback edition is $7.95 and is available directly from Enslow Publishers. Discounted six-packs of the paperback edition of this Guided Reading Level "S" title are exclusively available from Enslow Publishers.

The Justin Timberlake and Shaun White biographies are among the titles in Enslow's "Hot Celebrity Biographies" series. Look for new additions to the series this fall!

August 01, 2011

Today would have been Jerry Garcia's birthday

Library 978-0-7660-3028-2
Paperback 978-1-59845-3620-8
Grades 5–up
One of the founding members of the band the Grateful Dead, Jerry Garcia became the lead guitarist and lead singer, however he did not like that role. He wanted the band to be democratic, with everyone having a say into what the band did.

With the death of Jerry Garcia on August 9, 1995, the band members felt that they could not continue without Jerry, and out of respect for him, dissolved the band. In 1994, members of the band had been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The Grateful Dead received the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys in 2007.

Available in both library and paperback editions, this title is a great read for deadheads.

July 29, 2011

Ready for our Friday Recipe?

Today's recipe is from our new Easy Vegetarian Foods From Around the World book. Author Sheila Llanas explores twelve vegetarian recipes in this exciting cookbook for kids.
Library Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3764-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59845-271-6
Tomatoes Rougaille
The word rougaille (roo-GAHY) refers to Creole spices, like thyme and ginger. The cooks of Mauritius borrow flavors from Indian, Chinese, and French dishes. The best part about this recipe is that you don’t have to cook it! Just mix it in a bowl and pour it over warm cooked rice.


In Creole cooking, tomatoes are called “pommes d’amour,” a French phrase meaning
“apples of love.” Tomatoes rougaille is often used as a chutney, a sauce or relish with sweet and tangy flavors.

What You Need
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Mixing spoon

1 green pepper
1 medium onion
1½–2 cups tomatoes, fresh or canned

1 clove minced garlic
½ teaspoon dry ginger or minced fresh ginger root
½ teaspoon dried coriander or 2 tablespoons freshly minced coriander or parsley
A dash of cayenne or hot pepper sauce (like Tabasco)
½ teaspoon salt, to taste
Fresh ground pepper, to taste
Rice (cook following the directions on the package)

What to Do:
  1. Finely dice green pepper and onion.
  2. Dice tomatoes or open the can.
  3. Mix all ingredients (except rice) in bowl.
  4. Serve tomatoes rougaille cold or room temperature. Pour over bowls of warm rice.
Serves 3–4.

July 28, 2011

Mp3 files of Enslow music CDs now available

Music of the American Colonies, Music for Abraham Lincoln, and A Musical Journey in the Footsteps of Lewis & Clark are all available as CDs, and now as mp3 files.

CDbaby, Amazon, Rhapsody, Napster, Zune, and other web sites carry the mp3 files. The fourth CD, When Johnny Comes Marching Home, will be available on these sites soon.

July 27, 2011

All About Opposites

Back and front. Big and little. Day and night. Over and under. Tall and short. Up and down. What do these six phrases all have in common? They are all opposites and the subjects in our new series All About Opposites. For grades PreK–1, these titles feature beautiful color photos paired with simple text just right for new readers. They support the Language Arts, Math, and Science Curricula and are available in both library and paperback bindings. This series of six books is the perfect addition to both classrooms and libraries.
Library Binding ISBN: 1-978-1-7660-3914-8
Paperback Binding: 1-978-59845-260-0

Library Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3913-1
Paperback Binding: 978-1-59845-258-7

Library Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3911-7
Paperback Binding ISBN: 978-1-59845-263-1
LLibrary Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3916-2
Paperback Binding ISBN: 978-0-59845-259-4

Library Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3912-4
Paperback Binding ISBN: 978-1-59845-261-7
Library Binding ISBN: 978-1-7660-3915-5
Paperback Binding ISBN: 978-1-59845-262-4

July 26, 2011

New Enslow Math Series Adds Up to Student Success!

With math becoming an essential component of the national Core Curriculum, teachers, administrators, and students are searching for books that will help their chances to improve their test scores. Enslow's new "Math Success" series provides a winning package to address this important need. Each 64-page title, written by veteran math instructors, focuses on skills essential for student achievement. Each book features age-appropriate text and clear examples to achieve its goals. From word problem and statistics exercises to geometry and algebra's logical challenges, "Math Success" offers strong, practical books for the contemporary learning requirements of today's students.

Enslow offers the ten-book series in library-bound editions for the school/library discount price of $209.50, a savings of nearly $700 from Enslow's list price. "Math Smarts" is also available in paperback, with six-packs available at special savings. Call Enslow Publishers for more details and savings!

July 25, 2011


Do you know of a teenager who is asking about volunteering ideas in school or in their community? Volunteering will give them ideas.

This easy-to-read introduction to volunteering includes mini-quizzes, asking the reader what their interests are in order to help them find the right area in which to volunteer.

Available in both library and paperback editions, this series also includes titles on driving, community service careers, stress, friendship, fashion, and using technology.

July 22, 2011

Free Friday Recipe is a Frozen Treat!

Although we're staying cool here in our office, the temperature outisde is expected to exceed 100° today. So we've chosen a frozen treat from our new Easy Snacks from Around the World book to share with you.

Library Edition ISBN: 978-0-7660-3767-0
Paperback Edition ISBN: 978-1-59845-274-7
Caribbean Fruit Smoothie
What hits the spot on a hot, sunny day in the Caribbean islands? An ice-cold fruit smoothie, of course!

Caribbean Islands
There are more than seven thousand islands in the Caribbean. The islands are all different sizes, with beautiful sandy beaches, turquoise water, and tall palm trees. The Caribbean islands are surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.

Tropical Fruit
Tropical fruits, such as pineapples, coconuts, mangoes, and guava, are grown in the Caribbean. The warm trade winds and mild temperatures allow these sweet fruits, many rich in vitamin C, to bloom all year long.

What You Need
Electric blender
Cutting board
Sharp knife

1 large banana, peeled and broken into pieces
½ cup mango, peeled and diced
½ cup orange juice
½ cup pineapple juice
½ cup ice cubes

Let's Cook!
  1. Combine all fruits and juices in the blender.
  2. With an adult's help, mix on medium-high speed for 1 minute.
  3. Add ice cubes and blend for 2 minutes until frothy. Pour into tall glasses.
Makes 3–4 servings

Enjoy and stay cool!

July 21, 2011

Yesterday was the anniversary of the First Walk on the Moon

Enslow's new elementary book, Weird But True Space Facts, has a photo of the footprint. As the description says, since there is no rain on the moon, nor any wind, that footprint is still there after more than 40 years!

This title has a lot of great trivia information. Did you know that the dark areas on the moon were made from lava? The lava flowed out of volcanoes on the moon, and then ran into low spots, creating those dark areas.

Available in both library and paperback editions, this series also contains titles about animal homes, food, human body facts, rocks, and weather.

July 20, 2011

Justin Timberlake's "Friends with Benefits" movie

Justin Timberlake stars in the new movie, Friends with Benefits that opens in theaters on July 22nd.

Justin is probably best known for being a member of the band 'N Sync. But did you know that in 1992 Justin made his TV debut on the talent show Star Search? Although he didn't win the competition, shortly after that, his mother took him to an audition for a role as a "Mouseketeer" on Disney's The All New Mickey Mouse Club. He became part of the cast in 1993 when Justin was just barely twelve years old. Impressed with Timberlake's talent, a man who put together new music groups named Chris Kirkpatrick, asked Justin to audition for a new group he was forming. This group would later become 'N Sync. They released their first album in the United States on March 24, 1998 and it wasn't long before the album sold a million copies. Justin would later launch his solo singing career and eventually broke into acting.

Read more about Justin in our biography, Justin Timberlake: Breakout Music Superstar from our

Library Edition ISBN: 978-0-7660-3566-9
Paperback Edition ISBN: 978-0-7660-3632-1

Hot Celebrity Biographies series for grades 5–9. Free Educator's Guides are available on our web site.

July 19, 2011

Enslow Series Explores The Secret World of Spies

If truth is indeed stranger than fiction, then nowhere is it stranger than in the secret world of spies. Contemporary spying embraces high-tech gadgetry, computer-driven cryptology, bureaucratic empires, and action resembling The Bourne Identity and James Bond 007 adventures. There's also the more mundane, but far more common, spying generated from agents or "human assets" in which envy, greed, lust, and other very human emotions play central roles.

Enslow's "The Secret World of Spies" series explores this fascinating, shadowy world where cool analysis mixes with cloak-and-dagger escapades. Author Susan K. Mitchell's six-title ensesmble offers a page-turning, age-appropriate look at different aspects of spying. Each 48-page book, in addition to its exciting text and full-color illustrations, provides useful references for further research.

All books in this new, Fall 2011 series is available in paperback for $7.95. Library-bound editions are also available at the school/library discount price of $17.95.

July 18, 2011

Today is Nelson Mandela's Birthday

Today is Nelson Mandela's 93rd birthday. He is a living symbol of the anti-apartheid movement. Written by Ann Graham Gaines, this history title traces the history of the racial policy of apartheid, from its beginning to its end. Gaines shows how black South Africans succeeded in winning equality in their homeland.

July 15, 2011

Free Friday Recipe!

Library Edition ISBN: 0-7660-3765-6
Paperback Edition ISBN: 978-1-59845-270-9
Why save dessert until last? We've decided there's no reason to, so today we're posting a free dessert recipe from our new Easy Desserts From Around the World book. Tie on your apron and find a reason to celebrate.

Celebration Cookies

In Mexico, people hand out small sweet, nutty cookies during celebrations and weddings. Mexican celebration cookes are often wrapped in white, ruffled tissue paper and given to guests.

What You Need

Large bowl
Wooden spoon or electric mixer
2 cookie sheets
Plastic or paper bag
Wire cooling rack

1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, left out of the refrigerator until they are at room temperature
1¾ cups confectioner's sugar (Confectioner's sugar is also called powered sugar.)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
¾ cup finely chopped pecans (You can use other chopped nuts, such as almonds or walnuts.)

Let's Cook!
  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar together until smooth. Use a wooden spoon or electric mixer (with help from an adult).
  3. Add vanilla extract and blend well. Stir in four and salt; then add pecans. Use your clean hands to blend the dough.
  4. Shape the dough into 1-inch balls. Place balls 1 inch apart on ungreased cookie sheets.
  5. Bake one sheet at a time for about 20 minutes.
  6. While cookies are baking, place confectioner's sugar in a plastic or paper bag.
  7. Cool the cookies on a wire rack for 2–4 minutes. While the cookies are still warm, drop three or four into the bag of sugar. Shake the bag to coat the cookies. Return the cookies to the rack to cool completely. Continue until all the cookies are covered by sugar.
Makes 20–24 cookies.

July 14, 2011

New books on colors of the seasons!

Using sight words and simple sentences, early readers are shown the colors of the rainbow, and then find each color of the rainbow as the book progresses. Available in both library and paperback versions, these titles will be available soon!

July 13, 2011

Potter Fans...

Library Binding ISBN: 978-0-7660-3209-5
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-7660-3624-6
 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 is the final adventure in the Harry Potter film series. The much anticipated release begins with midnight shows Thursday night. Fans can read about Harry Potter star and now Broadway star, Daniel Radcliff in Enslow's biography, Daniel Radcliffe: Film and Stage Star from our Hot Celebrity Biographies series. For grades 5–9 these high interest, celebrity biographies are perfect for reluctant readers. These books are available in both library binding and in paperback. Free educator's guides are also available.

July 12, 2011

New Enslow Books Salute Yankee All-Star Derek Jeter!

New York Yankee shortstop Derek Jeter made baseball history this weekend, when he reached the 3,000-hit mark by hitting a dramatic home run at Yankee Stadium. Only 28 other players in major league baseball history have achieved this milestone. What made Jeter's feat even more remarkable was that he was the first player in Yankee history to have 3,000 or more career base hits.

Read About Derek Jeter, a title in Enslow's new six-book "I Like Sports Stars!" series, informs young readers about the Yankee All-Star infielder's skills, individual records, and championship accomplishments. David P. Torsiello's 24-page book includes many action photos that neatly dovetail with text appropriate for children in Grades K-3.

Older readers looking for greater detail about Jeter's background and athletic success should read Derek Jeter: Captain On and Off the Field, from Enslow's "Sports Stars With Heart" series. Author Tom Robinson's 128-page, Guided Reading Level "V" book provides a winning combination of engaging text, colorful sidebars of key statistics and other information, and full-color photos that bring Jeter's iconic career into vivid life.

Both Derek Jeter titles are available in library-bound and paperback editions directly from Enslow Publishers. Prices for each book are as follows:
      Read About Derek Jeter
  • library-bound: $21.26 (list); $15.95 (school/library discount price)
  • paperback: $6.95

     Derek Jeter: Captain On and Off the Field
  • library-bound: $31.93 (list); $23.95 (school/library discount price)
  • paperback: $9.95

July 11, 2011

New Bug series

Available this fall, for readers through first grade, Enslow will have a new series on bugs. All About Counting Bugs 1-2-3 uses simple colorful graphics to get young children reading and counting. Large type and sight words will engage readers.

Available in both library and paperback versions, the titles are:

Counting Ants 1-2-3
Counting Bees 1-2-3
Counting Butterflies 1-2-3
Counting Ladybugs 1-2-3

July 08, 2011

Free Friday Recipe

ISBN 978-0-766-3707-6
Today we are featuring a breakfast recipe for La Bouillie, a hot cereal, from our new Easy Breakfasts From Around the World book, for grades 3–4.

La Bouillie is hot cereal from the African country of Chad. It is made with rice, millet, and peanut butter and served with milk and sugar, like oatmeal.

Millet is a grain. Millet grows in hot, dry field. It is an important crop and a main food in Africa. It has been eaten as cereal in Africa for thousands of years.

What You Need:
1 cup of cooked rice
1 tablespoon of peanut butter
¼ cup of wheat or millet cereal (optional)
½ cup milk
1 teaspoon sugar

Cereal bowl
Mircrowave OR saucepan

What to Do
In the microwave:
  1. In a cereal bowl, mix all ingredients.
  2. Heat in microwave for 30 seconds.
  3. Stir until peanut butter dissolves.
  4. Heat again in microwave until hot, about 45 seconds.

On top of the stove:
  1. Mix all ingredients in a saucepan on the stove on low heat.
  2. Stir until heated thoroughly.
  3. Pour into a bowl.
Serves one. Enjoy!

July 07, 2011

Jane Austen facts

During the time of Jane Austen's life, a woman was not expected to work to support herself. Because of this, she had to rely on the financial support of relatives. Through the efforts of her male relatives her first novel, Sense and Sensibility, was published in 1811. Since it was also not acceptable for a female's writing to appear in public or in print, "A Lady" was used as the author. None of her works ever appeared in print with her full name as author.

Born into a large family, she had one older sister, four older brothers, and then two younger brothers. After her father's death, Jane, her sister, and their mother moved around a lot, staying with relatives and receiving some financial assistance from the brothers. Eventually one of the brothers secured housing for them, which started Jane's creativity going, and she wrote several more novels in that cottage. She remained in that cottage until shortly before her death.

In Enslow's A Student's Guide to Jane Austen, her life and work are examined, offering accessible insight for young readers.

July 06, 2011

Another title in the Hot Celebrity Biographies series

Jeff Burlingame adds another title to the series in his biography of Taylor Swift.

This reluctant reader title offers personal stories and quotes. Available in both library and paperback versions, this title will be available soon!

July 05, 2011

Classical Myths for 21st Century Readers

Young readers have renewed interest in the beautiful, imaginative stories that relate ancient myths. For children and young adults, the challenge has been to find books that deliver these timeless tales with contemporary style and visual appeal. Enslow Publishers answers that need with its new "Mythology Rocks!" series. With a refreshing design and age-appropriate text, each title in the six-book series focuses on a specific mythological culture or topic. The titles embrace some of the world's most respected mythological traditions, including those of China, Africa, and the Mesoamerican lore of the Mayas and Aztecs. European legends from Celtic and Greek classics are also featured.

These Fall 2011 releases are available via direct order to Enslow Publishers for $9.95 (paperback edition) or $23.95 (library-bound edition school/library price).

July 01, 2011

Free Recipe!

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3766-3
Straight from our new title, Easy Main Dishes From Around the World, for Grades 3–4, an easy recipe for wiener schnitzel that children will enjoy making with adult supervision.

Wiener schnitzel is a special dish from Austria. Thin slices of veal are breaded and then deep-fried. There is a story that hundreds of years ago, the ruler of Austria liked his veal covered in flakes of gold. People wanted to eat what he ate, but most could not afford to wrap their food in gold. A golden breadcrumb covering was created.

What You Need
Meat mallet or rolling pin
Three bowls
Large skillet
Plastic wrap
Gallon-size plastic bag
Paper towels

Vegetable oil for frying
4 veal cutlets
¼ cup all-purpose flour
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1 cup dry plain breadcrumbs
1 lemon

Let's Cook!
  1. Wrap the veal cutlets with plastic wrap or put in a 1 gallon plastic bag. Flatten the cutlets with a meat   mallet or a rolling pin until they are only ¼-inch thick. Remove the plastic wrap.
  2. Combine the flour and salt in one bowl. Beat the eggs in a second bowl. Put the breadcrumbs in a third bowl.
  3. Heat ¼ inch oil in a large skillet on the stove on the medium heat.
  4. First dip a veal cutlet in the flour mixture. Then dip it in the egg shaking off the extra. Finally, lightly dip it in the breadcrumbs and, with an adult's help, place it in the skillet. Repeat for all the cutlets.
  5. Cook the veal for four minutes on each side until golden brown. Use tongs to flip the cutlets and remove them when done. Drain cutlets on a paper towel.
  6. Serve warm right away, so breading doesn't get soggy. Cut the lemon in half. Add a swuirt of lemon juice on top.
Makes 4 servings.

Did You Know?
In Austria, weiner schnitzel is always served with a slice of lemon on top.

June 30, 2011

Today is Meteor Watch Day

Hopefully the weather will be clear tonight so that you can do some watching. I hope you will see some!

Have you ever seen a comet or a shooting star? You may think they look pretty, but these giant space rocks can cause major destruction. Scientists keep a close watch on comets and asteroids using high-powered telescopes and spacecraft. Get ready to learn lots of far-out facts about asteroids and comets!

Check out Far-Out Guide to Asteroids and Comets, written by Mary Kay Carson for the upper elementary/lower middle school reader. It's available in both library and paperback!

June 29, 2011

New Fall Titles Arriving!

New Fall Titles are arriving in July! I'm having a hard time choosing which one to read first.

June 28, 2011

Speedboat Racers

If you're vacationing or living near the water, the chances are strong that you're hearing the sounds of speedboats. The racing side of speedboating adds excitement and challenge to this fun summer activity. Among the few speedboating books with age-appropriate text for children and young adults is Enslow Publishers' Speedboat Racers. Author Michael Hauenstein's easy-to-read text delivers a pleasant overview of  this warm-weather activity. The 48-page work's contemporary design and excellent illustrations invite readers to explore this popular topic. It's a strong choice for reluctant readers and for kids with a desire to know more about boats and racing.

Speedboat Racers, part of Enslow's five-book "Kid Racers" series, is available in paperback for $7.95. A library-bound edition, suitable for school libraries and public libraries, is also available.

June 27, 2011

New Elementary title about the 4th of July coming soon

Elaine Landau has written a new elementary series of holiday books for Enslow. What Is the 4th of July? describes the traditions and symbols of this holiday, as well as includes a hands-on activity. This title (as well as the rest of the titles in the series) is available in both library and paperback bindings.

Other titles in the I Like Holidays! series include Christmas, Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, and Veterans Day.

All of these titles will be available soon.

June 24, 2011

Free books at ALA

On Saturday, come visit booth 1329 at ALA and get a free book while supplies last!

Summer Reading and Math Skills

So many children have reading projects and math packets to complete over the summer. But what could be more fun than a camping trip with a pig? Join Sebastian Pig and and friends, Percy and Milo, on a camping adventure. Subtracting with Sebastian Pig and Friends on a Camping Trip is a fun way for young readers to reinforce their reading and math while practicing subtraction skills over the summer.

Grades 1–3
Check out other titles in our Math Fun with Sebastian Pig and Friends! series. It may be the best trip you take this summer!

June 23, 2011

Attending ALA in New Orleans?

Stop by booth 1329 and say hello! Find out how you can get a free Kindle or Nookcolor!

New Michael Phelps Video Game Released

Have you heard? Olympic medalist, Michael Phelps is now part of the virtual pool. His new video game, Michael Phelps: Push the Limit, was released earlier this week. The game was developed by Blitz Games and published by 505 Games for use with the Kinect system for Microsoft's Xbox 360. My kids love the Kinect games and I can see this one being both fun and challenging. It's also a great way to bring more attention to the sport of swimming.

Young readers can learn more about Michael Phelps in our book, Michael Phelps: Swimming for Olympic Gold for grades 5–9 available in both library binding and paperback. A free educator's guide is also available through our web site.

June 21, 2011

Summer Begins Today: Celebrate with an Enslow Book About the Seasons!

According to our wardrobe choices and comfort levels, summer began about a month ago. However, the official calendar starting date for summer is today. Either way, summer is here. For children, summer and its weather provides a unique magic, whether kids are outdoors in the sunshine or indoors sheltered from a seasonal shower.

To explore more about the summer and the science that explains its weather, check out Enslow Publishers' Looking at Weather and Seasons: How Do They Change? This 32-page book provides a reader-friendly look at the seasons, weather's causes, and how weather changes daily. Full-color illustrations help illuminate key points that give each season its own personality. And author Angela Royston's age-appropriate, engaging writing style encourages young readers to understand the science impacting the seasons.

Looking at Weather and Seasons, part of Enslow's six-book "Looking at Science: How Things Change" series, is available now from Enslow Publishers. Schools and libraries may purchase the library-bound title for $16.95, a 25% discount from Enslow's list price.

June 20, 2011

Getting kids interested in cooking

Trying to get kids to eat healthy is a challenge lots of families face. For those elementary age students who are interested in cooking, let them help!

Enslow's Easy Cookbooks for Kids contains six separate titles, covering everything from breakfast to lunch to snacks to main dishes. These recipes are from different parts of the world, with maps showing the country of origin for that particular recipe.

Available in both library and paperback bindings, these titles will pique the curiosity of hungry minds!

June 17, 2011

Penguins, Penguins, and More Penguins

That's the premise behind the new movie "Mr. Popper's Penguins" that opens today in theaters.
Enslow has a few penguins of our own:

Emperor Penguins
Grades 3–4

Emperor Penguins Up Close
Grades 1–3

Secret of the Puking Penguins...and More!
Grades 5–9

June 16, 2011

Attending the ENOCH Conference at the NJ Expo and Convention Center in Edison 6/17 or 6/18?

Books will be available for purchase at a special show discount.

Stop by booth 612 and say Hello!

June 15, 2011

Home Run Hitters

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3465-5
48 pages
Grades 5–9
If you're not a Yankee fan you might not be disappointed that Derek Jeter is out of the lineup. Yankee fans, however, are disappointed that he's temporarily sidelined due to an injury. His quest for 3,000 hits is on hold for now. But in the meantime you can check out our title, Baseball's Top Ten Home Run Hitters that is perfect for reluctant readers.

June 14, 2011

Flag Day and "Molly the Great Respects the Flag"

Flag Day commemorates the Second Continental Congress' adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. For young readers, a "way in" to understanding the flag's significance is through Enslow Publishers' wonderful book Molly the Great Respects the Flag: A Book About Being a Good Citizen. Author Shelley Marshall uses a lively, storytelling approach and fictional, animal characters to bring home larger lessons about the flag' symbolism and civic responsibility. Character education, through the exploration of the notion of respect, also plays a role in Marshall's 24-page book.

This full-color, charmingly illustrated title, part of the eight-book "Character Education with Super Ben and Molly the Great," is available in paperback for $6.95 from Enslow Publishers. A library-bound editon is also available for Enslow's school/library discount price of $15.95.

June 13, 2011

Bugged-Out Insects

What kind of creature would make its home in a pile of dung? Does a female praying mantis eat her mate? Do house flies spit on your food? Author Margaret J. Anderson answers all of these questions as she explores the weird behavior, habits, and characteristics of insects.

Bugged-Out Insects is part of the Bizarre Science series, and is written for the reluctant reader. Other titles in the series include Bloodsucking Creatures, Doomsday Rocks from Space, Mummy Secrets Uncovered, and Weird Meat-Eating Plants.

This series is available in both library and paperback bindings.

June 11, 2011

Shark or Dolphin?

Spending time at the beach this summer? Before you go you might want to read,
Shark or Dolphin: How Do You Know?
ISBN 978-0-766-3680-2
Grades K–3
They both live in the ocean. They are both large, gray, and eat fish. How do you know which animal is which? Award-winning children's author Melissa Stewart explains a few of the many differences between sharks and dolphins. Simple text is paired with stunning underwater photography to show readers just how different these animals really are!

June 09, 2011

A pet who loves (and lives on) the beach

Land hermit crabs are unusual pets. In the wild, when they get too big for the shell they are currently living in, they look for larger empty snail shells. They communicate by tapping each other's shells.

Part of Enslow's Far-Out and Unusual Pets series, Hermit Crabs is a great book for those interested in looking for unusual pets.

Enslow is planning on publishing six more titles in this series in 2012. Watch for them!

June 08, 2011

World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day is celebrated every year on June 8th. It's the perfect opportunity to share books about the ocean with young readers. Fun titles like these can help raise awareness about conservation.

Cute baby animals live all over the world—even under the ocean! Learn about baby dolphins, baby sea turtles, and other adorable baby animals in the ocean biome in this easy nonfiction reader. Adorable full-color photographs and easy-to-read text will delight and educate young readers.

 Counting in the Oceans - Grades 1–3
How many flippers does a sea lion have? How many arms does an octopus have? Find out in Counting in the Oceans! Count fish, shellfish, and more as you explore this fascinating biome!

June 07, 2011

Baby Animal Books for Summer Pre-K Reading

Summertime offers wonderful chances for very young children to combine their activity in the great outdoors with their interest in reading. Books can reinforce and nourish a child's curiosity that a trip to the zoo, a day in the country, or a staycation in the backyard can stimulate.

Enslow Publishers' Pre-K books deliver the exciting color photos, age-appropriate text, and "just right" book size to engage young readers in satisfying ways. Author Jane Katirgis' "All About Baby Animals" series includes a delightful sextet of 24-page, Guided Reading Level "B" titles, each one addressing specific Pre-K-friendly subjects.

Among the works are Baby Backyard Animals, Baby Farm Animals, and Baby Zoo Animals. Each title in the series is available in paperback for $6.95 and can be purchased directly from the Enslow Classroom website. The books are also available in library-bound editions.

June 06, 2011

MTV Movie Awards

During last night's awards, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse won five awards, including Best Movie and Best Female and Male performance wins.

Do you have students interested in Stephenie Meyer? Enslow's middle school biography of this popular author was written by Lisa Rondinelli Albert.

Enslow has an upcoming reluctant reader biography of one of the stars of the Twilight series. Look for it this fall! It will be available in both library and paperback versions!

June 02, 2011

Happy Birthday Charlie Watts

This drummer from the Rolling Stones is celebrating a birthday today.

Enslow's middle school biography about the Rolling Stones, available in both library and paperback bindings, is a great read for the middle school student with an interest in this iconic band.

June 01, 2011

Author Interview with Suzanne Lieurance

Enslow Author, Suzanne Lieurance, talks about being an author and writing her latest Enslow book, The Lucky Baseball: My Story in a Japanese-American Internment Camp for Grades 3–6. To read the full interview, click here.