August 23, 2011

Seasonal Color Books for Emerging and First Readers

We're about to enter the cusp of the summer and autumn seasons. In the coming weeks, Nature's color patterns will gradually shift, providing excellent opportunities for very young readers to identify everyday elements of the world around them. As color is an essential door to developing children's perception, on-target books that engage kids are valuable educational tools.

Enslow Publishers' new "All About Colors of the Seasons" series offers a useful "way in" for emerging readers to expand their awareness of colors and the seasons. Each title in author Brian Enslow's four-book series focuses on a specific season and its traditional color associations. Full-color photos from real-life contexts, carefully chosen vocabulary, and attractive font sizes make the reading experience fun and enriching. The books' Guided Reading Level "B" content is appropriate for new readers. The books also come in a 6" x 7" trim size suitable for young children.

Paperback editions of "All About Colors of the Seasons" are available for $6.95 per title. Library-bound versions are available for $15.95 (price reflects a 25% school/library discount). Both versions are available now from Enslow Publishers!

August 22, 2011

Interview with Sara Latta

Laura Crawford from the blog Wild About Nature interviewed Sara Latta on Saturday about her writing habits, how she comes up with her ideas, and what she has learned in doing her research. Sara's lastest series for Enslow, True Forensic Crime Stories, is a 6-book series covering titles on bones, cybercrime, DNA and blood, fingerprints, gun crimes, and trace evidence. Sara wrote Bones, Cybercrime, and DNA and Blood.

Written for the middle school market, these titles would appeal to students who have an interest in learning about the science behind solving crimes. This series is available in both library and paperback editions.

August 19, 2011

Weird But True Science

Did you know a sneeze travels up to 100 miles per hour or that cave salamanders live deep in caves where there is no light so they don't have eyes? It may be weird, but it's true! Enslow's new series Weird But True Science for grades K–3 is sure to grab your student's interest with its weird, unusual, and true topics.


Titles in this six-book series include, Weird But True Animal Homes, Weird But True Food, Weird But True Human Body Facts, Weird But True Rocks, Weird But True Space Facts, Weird But True Weather.





August 18, 2011

There's a Rat in My Soup!

Library: 978-0-7660-3785-4
Paperback: 978-1-59845-375-1
Can you imagine going to a restaurant, ordering a whole turkey for your family (as an example) and then when the waitress/waiter brings your turkey to you, the cook has stuck the skin, feathers, head, feet, and other parts back onto the turkey to make it look like it's alive! To shock guests, cooks would sew the head of one animal onto the body of another before serving. The head of a rooster would be sewn onto the body of a baby pig!

Animal parts were not wasted. Internal organs, feet, necks, even pig ears and cow udders were eaten! Gelatin was made from boiled calves' feet and then cooked fish were placed in the gelatin to make it look like they were swimming!

Written for reluctant readers, this title, and the three others in the series, Don't Let the Barber Pull Your Teeth, Sweaty Suits of Armor, and Ye Castle Stinketh are available in both library and paperback editions.

August 17, 2011

Congratulations to the winner of Enslow's July raffle!

Alicia from Pendleton Community Library in Indiana has won $100 in free books from Enslow!

August 16, 2011

Brees, Brady, Mannings Highlight Enslow Fall NFL Player Biographies

Enslow Publishers is welcoming the 2011-12 pro football season with new biographies of leading NFL stars. Among them are 48-page books on New England Patriot star Tom Brady and the Indianapolis Colts' new $90 million dollar man, Peyton Manning. Both titles are included in Enslow's high-interest "Sports Stars Who Care" series, in which each athlete's philanthropic activities are included in a discussion of their lives and careers. Paperback editions of each book in this six-book series are available for $7.95; library-bound editions are $17.95 per title (including 25% school/library discount).


"I Like Sports Stars," a new Enslow series for younger readers, includes a biography of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning, Peyton's talented younger brother. Both Mannings were born and raised in New Orleans, yet neither one has played for the city's NFL Saints. That position belongs to Drew Brees, the subject of author David Torsiello's 24-page biography. The Brees biography, along with other books in the six-title "I Like Sports Stars" series, is available for $6.95 per book (paperback) and $15.95 per book (library edition, including 25% school/library discount).


August 15, 2011

Today is V-J Day

Library: 978-0-7660-3640-6
Grades 5–up
On this day in 1945 the Allies proclaimed today V-J Day, one day after Japan agreed to surrender unconditionally.

World War II in the Pacific: From Pearl Harbor to Nagasaki starts with the attack at Pearl Harbor and ends with the news that was announced on August 15 in reference to Japan's surrender.

Author R. Conrad Stein explores the historic carrier-based naval battles, the "island hopping" campaigns, the home front, and the beginning of the atomic age.

August 12, 2011

What's Your Fashion?

As kids head back to school one of the very important choices they'll have to make is what they are going to wear on the first day. And some parents will wonder if what their child has chosen is really school appropriate. Some may choose styles that are preppy, punk, goth or something altogether different. In our new title Getting the Hang of Fashion and Dress Codes author Tom Streissguth takes on the world of style, fashion, marketing, and the question of dress codes and uniforms. For grades 6–up, this how-to guide is perfect for every student heading back to school!


Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3444-0
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-313-3



August 11, 2011

Fashion-Savvy Throughout the Decades

Fabulous Fashions of the 1980s
ISBN:  978-0-7660-3554-6
Whether we realize it or not, we think of fashion everyday-from the clothes we put on, to the colors we choose, to our hairstyles and accessories-it all relates to fashion! Enslow’s brand new series Fabulous Fashions of the Decades by Felicia Lowenstein Niven is a fun and dazzling way to experience the prominent styles throughout the years. This series for middle school and high school readers contains eight titles: Fabulous Fashions of the 1920s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1930s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1940s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1950s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1960s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1970s, Fabulous Fashions of the 1980s, and Fabulous Fashions of the 1990s.
     Each title highlights trends for both men and women featuring color and black-and-white photographs and illustrations. The reader experiences fashion through advertisements, magazine photos, and even how ordinary people wore the styles of the decade. The 1940's title mentions the start of the world’s first magazine for teens, Seventeen! The books also depict how history, new inventions, and pop culture shaped fads and the social reactions to those fads. It even fascinated a vintage clothes seller, Reware Vintage, who contributed a photo to the 1990’s title. All generations can share and delight in the styles presented throughout this chic series.

Fabulous Fashions of the Decades:  Interest Level-Grades 5-up
48 pages, $23.93 (each title)
Author:  Felicia Lowenstein Niven

August 09, 2011

Share "Book Lovers Day" with Pre-K Readers!

If you love books, today is your day to celebrate. August 9th is "Book Lovers Day" across the country. Readers are encouraged to plunge into a new book and enjoy the pleasure and stimulation of the printed word. (OK, if your children are using read-alouds, they can listen to the language and follow along.)



For children just beginning their reading journey, Enslow Publishers' new pre-K series, such as "All About Good Foods We Eat," are a delightful "way in" to reading's rewards. Each 24-page book. including Fruit, presents attractively designed text and a supporting photograph to anchor the child's understanding. For teachers, these Guided Reading Level "D" books help emerging readers step up in challenge while exploring more about known and unfamiliar foods.



Each book in author D.H. Dilkes' six-title "All About Good Foods We Eat" is available directly from Enslow Publishers. The library-bound edition is $15.95 per title (including school/library 25% discount) and the paperback version costs $6.95. (Six-packs of the paperback edition, offering a 10% savings from Enslow's list price, are available exclusively through Enslow Publishers.)



August 08, 2011

2011 Teen Choice Awards

Many of Enslow's favorite celebrities scored big at the "2011 Teen Choice Awards" last night. Winners featured in our biographies include:

Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3873-8
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-287-7













Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3875-2
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-289-1










 
Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3874-5
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-288-4














Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3870-7
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-286-0












Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3209-5
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3624-6











Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3212-5
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3627-7

Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3872-1
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-284-6













Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3567-6
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-07660-3631-4













Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3213-2
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3628-4













Library Edition: ISBN 978-0-7660-3403-7
Paperback Edition: ISBN 978-1-59845-203-7















For a full list of winners click here.


Yesterday was Friendship Day

Library ISBN 978-0-7660-3442-6
Paperback ISBN 978-1-59845-315-7
Grades 6-up
Enslow's new series Life—A How-to Guide is a series of seven titles, one of which is about friendship. Written for the middle school student, the author explores the fun, crazy, and sometimes problematic world of dealing with friends. From best friends to arguments, cliques, online friendships, and friendships between guys and girls, find out what kind of friend you are and learn how to improve your relationships.

Written by Jan Burns, Friendship is available in both library and paperback bindings.

Other titles in the Life—A How-to Guide series:
Choosing a Community Service Career
Dealing with Stress
Getting Ready to Drive
Getting the Hang of Fashion and Dress codes
                                                  Using Technology
                                                 Volunteering

August 05, 2011

Free Friday Recipe

Summer is a great time for kids to make their own lunches, so today we've chosen a recipe from our Easy Lunches from Around the World book to share with our readers.

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3708-3
Mousetraps
Mousetraps are open-faced grilled cheese sandwiches. New Zealanders call any kind of toasted sandwiches "toasties." Why are these toasties called mousetraps? The cheese, of course!

What You Need
Equipment:
Cookie sheet
Butter knife
Grater
Small bowl
Fork

Ingredients:
4 slices bread
Butter
1 teaspoon Marmite or Vegemite–about ¼ teaspoon per slice.
(Marmite is a salty spread made from yeast. Vegemite is a similar product from Australia.)

1 chunk of cheddar cheese, to make about 1 cup grated
1 egg (optional)

What to Do:
Toast bread in toaster, toaster oven, or under the oven broiler.
  1. Butter the toast.
  2. Thinly spread Marmite or Vegemite on each piece of toast.
  3. Shred the cheese.
  4. Crack the egg into a small bowl. Beat it with a fork.
  5. Mix shredded cheese with egg.
  6. Spread cheese mixture evenly on each slice of toast. Set the "toasties" on the cookie sheet.
  7. Place in the oven broiler or toaster oven until the cheese melts.
  8. Remove tray from oven.
  9. Cut mousetraps into triangles or strips.
Enjoy your lunch!
Check out the entire series, Easy Cookbooks for Kids for Grades 3–4.

August 04, 2011

Happy 50th Birthday Mr. President!


Celebrating Barack Obama in Pictures
ISBN:  978-0-7660-3651-2
     President Barack Obama will be celebrating his 50th birthday today with a toast in the Blue Room of the White House with senior members of his staff, and tonight he will be celebrating with family and friends.  A great way to join in celebrating the 44th President of the United States is with Enslow's Obama Family Photo Album Series, whose titles include:  First Lady Michelle Obama in Pictures, Celebrating President Barack Obama in Pictures, Celebrating the Inauguration of Barack Obama in Pictures, and Celebrating the Obama Family in PicturesAll these titles, authored by Jane Katirgis feature color photos that showcase the lives of the members of the first family as well as Obama's inauguration.     
     President Obama was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii when this American state was less than two years old!  Read more about this amazing President's life with two more Enslow titles:  Barack Obama, part of Enslow's African-American Heroes series and Barack Obama: "We Are One People", part of Enslow's African-American Biography Library.

Barack Obama:  Interest Level-Grades K-3
24 pages, $21.26
Author:  Stephen Feinstein

Barack Obama:  "We Are One People":  Interest Level-Grades 6 and up
160 pages, $31.93
Author:  Michael A. Schuman

The Obama Family Photo Album Series-Interest Level-Grades 3-4
32 pages, $22.60
Author:  Jane Katirgis

All About Big Machines


Big Trucks
Library Bound ISBN: 978-0-7660-3929-2
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-59845-241-9
 If you're just starting to read, wouldn't you want to read "All About Big Machines"?  Enslow's new Pre-K level series encourages childhood literacy through engaging sentences and pictures about the big machines that children are fascinated by.  In addition to reading skills, children will gain a basic understanding of what the vehicles they see everyday do.  The titles in this series are: "Airplanes", "Big Trucks", "Big Military Machines", "Cool Cars", "Earthmovers and Diggers", and "Rescue Vehicles".

Guided Reading Level: C
24 Pages
Author: Mary Kate Doman
Library Edition List Price: $21.26
Library Edition School/Library Discount Price: $15.96
Paperback Edition: $6.95

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.

Tomatoes

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
Equipment:
Cutting board
Sharp knife
Mixing spoon
Bowl

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

Seasonings:
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

Volunteering

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
Equipment:
Electric blender
Cutting board
Sharp knife

Ingredients:
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

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

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

Equipment:
Cereal bowl
Spoon
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.
OR

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
Equipment:
Meat mallet or rolling pin
Three bowls
Large skillet
Tongs
Plastic wrap
Gallon-size plastic bag
Paper towels

Ingredients:
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.