April 30, 2012

Taylor Swift receives 3 CMT Music award nominations

Paperback ISBN 978-1-59845-286-0
The CMT Music Awards will be held on June 6, live from Nashville. She has been nominated for: Video of the Year for "Safe & Sound" featuring The Civil Wars; Female Video of the Year for "Ours"; Collaborative Video of the Year for "Safe & Sound" featuring The Civil Wars.

She is currently working on her fourth album, scheduled for release in the fall of 2012, with producer Nathan Chapman. She plays the voice of Audrey in The Lorax movie, which has been released. She is also in talks to star as Joni Mitchell in the film adaptation of Sheila Weller's Girls Like Us, which follows the careers of Joni Mitchell, Carly Simon, and Carole King.

Enslow's biography of Taylor Swift, written for reluctant readers, is a great way to learn more about her. This 48-page book offers personal stories, quotes, as well as a timeline.

April 27, 2012

Visit the Enslow Booth (1440) at IRA/Chicago!

Enslow Publishers is proud to be among the exhibitors at the upcoming IRA 2012 Convention in Chicago. We'll be at Booth #1440 on Monday, April 30th through Wednesday, May 2nd. Visit to see our new Common Core-aligned books! And we'll have raffles for books and for "Teddy" too! And don't forget to watch our Facebook page and Twitter handle for more information about Enslow Common Core at IRA!

April 26, 2012

Did You Bring Your Child to Work Today?

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation is celebrating their program's 20th anniversary today. Visit their web site for great ideas on how you can celebrate.

You can also check out these career titles from Enslow:

April 24, 2012

Pro Basketball Playoffs Stimulate Young Readers to Explore Enslow's NBA Player Biographies

The NBA playoffs, pro basketball's annual crown jewel event, are about to begin. These series of attention-getting games often encourage young readers to seek biographies of star players. Enslow Publishers fills this timely need with engaging, age-appropriate biographies of NBA stars performing in this year's playoffs.

For elementary students, Enslow's "I Like Sports Stars!" series includes 24-page biographies of Los Angeles Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant and New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony. Written by David Torsiello, each Guided Reading Level "I" title includes exciting combinations of color photos, reader-friendly text, and interesting sidebars. Each book is available in paperback directly from Enslow Classroom for $6.95. Library-bound versions are also available for $15.95; that price, available to schools and public libraries, represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price.

Moving up in reading level, Enslow's "Sports Stars Who Care" series includes books on marquee NBA players LeBron James and Kevin Garnett. Author Kimberly Gatto's 48-page titles include a discussion of each athlete's philanthropic ventures, along with compelling text discussing their careers and pro highlights. Each book is available in paperback from Enslow Classroom for $7.95. A library-bound edition of each title is available for $17.95 -- that price is a 25% discount from Enslow's list price to school and library clients.

April 23, 2012

For what purpose do you use ereaders?

During our weekly meeting this morning, someone mentioned while attending TLA he heard that a librarian in a school used an ereader as a prize for teachers. This particular librarian was trying to get teachers to schedule library time for their classes, and not just last-minute library time, but schedule future library time. Every time a teacher scheduled library time, they earned a "ticket" for a chance to win an ereader. With library budgets becoming tighter, are ereaders becoming more popular?

In this online article from School Library Journal published last year, libraries are trying to find different ways to get students reading. This particular article mentions using ereaders, enabling reluctant readers to read a book (without being judged by peers because the cover can't be seen.)

If you have ereaders in your libraries, how are you using them to encourage students to read?

April 19, 2012

Anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing

On this day in 1995 a car bomb exploded outside the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building at Oklahoma City, OK, at 9:02 a.m, killing 168 people, 29 of them children at a day-care center. The blast ripped off the north face of the nine story building.

The question is, are we any safer today? Watch an update from Bob Orr, A Look Back.

Enslow's title, Home Grown Terror: The Oklahoma City Bombing, for Grades 5–9, to be published this fall, will be a great way for reluctant readers to learn about this historic event.

April 18, 2012

Pre-Algebra and Algebra Smarts!

For anyone out there looking for a step-by-step guide on solving pre-algebra and algebra problems, look no further! Pre-Algebra and Algebra Smarts! by Lucille Caron and Philip M. St. Jacques breaks down every imaginable kind of pre-algebra and algebra problem into easy to understand steps.

Pre-Algebra and Algebra Smarts! is from Enslow Publishers' "Math Smarts!" series. Each book in the series can help you or your student with using the fastest, most efficient ways of solving almost any kind of math problem. Since the series covers everything from Addition and Subtraction to Trigonometry, "Math Smarts!" books are great for students of many different ages and ability levels.

April 17, 2012

Bat Appreciation Day

Library ISBN: 978-0-7660-3698-7
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4644-0018-6
Today is "Bat Appreciation Day." These animals, long associated with superstitious beliefs, deserve some positive recognition. Enslow Publishers' new book Vampire Bats, Giant Insects, and Other Mysterious Animals of the Darkest Caves gives bats their due, as the book includes details about how these curious creatures survive and co-exist.

Author Ana Maria Rodriguez' 48-page book notes these intriguing "bat facts":
  • Bats live on all continents except Antarctica.
  • Bats are the only flying mammals.
  • Only rodent species are more numerous than bat species.
  • Some bats are solitary, while others live in enormous colonies.
  • Three vampire species live exclusively on blood.
  Rodriguez' work, excellent for reluctant readers and part of Enslow's four-book "Extreme Animals in Extreme Environments" series, is available from Enslow Publishers to school and library buyers for $17.95. That's a 25% discount from Enslow's list price! Each book in the series is also available in paperback for $7.95 per copy.

If you're attending the Texas Library Association conference today, Ms. Rodriguez will be signing copies of her  "Extreme Animals in Extreme Environments" titles. Visit Booth #2514, from 7:00 - 8:00 pm tonight, and meet the author!

April 16, 2012

Interesting historical tidbit

On this day, in 1900, the first book of postage stamps was issued. They were available in books of 12, 24, and 48, and each stamp cost two cents!

If comparing the price of a stamp with the price of everything else, stamps have really not gone up a lot in 112 years!

Attending TLA? Enslow's having a free book signing!

We will be at Booth #2514. On Tuesday, April 17, from 7-8 pm, author Ana Maria Rodriguez will be signing books she wrote for Enslow's Extreme Animals in Extreme Environments series.

Ana Maria's website is http://www.anamariarodriguez.com/

Stop by, say hello, and get a free book Tuesday night! Go to our Facebook and Twitter pages for updates.

April 12, 2012

Today is National D.E.A.R. Day! What will you be reading today?

Celebrated on author Beverly Cleary's birthday, April 12, National Drop Everything and Read Day is a special day to remind people to take time out of their daily routine to read. Here are some great resources to use with your young readers and a even a suggested reading list for families.

We're celebrating by sharing a small list of what we'll be reading today. What will you be reading?

April 10, 2012

Interesting Facts About F. Scott Fitzgerald On the 87th Anniversary of "The Great Gatsby's" Publication

Eighty-seven years ago today, Charles Scribner's Sons published F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. The book, and Fitzgerald himself, achieved something akin to legendary status. Distinguishing fact from legend with Fitzgerald and his work isn't always easy. Here are some facts that caught our attention:

  • The author finished the book's first draft while living on the French Riviera
  • The first draft was returned to Fitzgerald for substantial revision
  • One of Fitzgerald's suggested titles for the book that eventually became Gatsby was Trimalchio in West Egg (don't ask)
  • Fitzgerald lent Ernest Hemingway a copy of Gatsby.
More facts about F. Scott Fitzgerald were noted in a previous Enslow Publishers blog post. Do you know some notable facts about Fitzgerald? You're welcome to post it here. Meanwhile, you're invited to visit Enslow's website today to order our biographies of American authors!

April 09, 2012

Free book giveaway

Library ISBN 978-0-7660-3785-4
Paper ISBN 978-1-59845-375-1
One of our history series, Ye Yucky Middle Ages, was written because librarians told us that they were looking for books that would teach students about life in the middle ages, but yet had some fun illustrations. This series is great for reluctant readers and is available in both library binding and paperback.

What is the most requested topic you get from students? For our free book giveaway, like us on Facebook and leave a comment on Facebook, letting us know what topic is most requested. One winner will be chosen by random at the end of the week, and that person will receive a free copy of an Enslow book of their choice. The winner will be announced on Facebook on Monday!

April 06, 2012

Hunger Games Celebrities

We're currently busy working on biographies for our new series, Sizzling Celebrities, due out in the fall of 2013. We're excited to include biographies for film star, Jennifer Lawrence who plays Katniss in the Hunger Games movie and leading man, Josh Hutcherson who plays Peeta. Other biographies will include singing sensation, Adele, Demi Lovato, Drake, Logan Lerman, and actress, Emma Stone. Which celebrities would like to see new biographies about? We'd love to hear from you.

April 05, 2012

New Graphic Novel Series Coming This Fall

Looking for new graphic novels that will spark an interest in original classics? We are very excited to announce that we'll be debuting our first graphic novel series, Dark Graphic Novels, as part of our Fall 2012 list. Each title in this series adapts a different classic horror story using simplified language and vivid illustrations appropriate for your readers in grades 5–9.

Titles will include:
Chilling Tailes of Horror (ISBN: 978-0-7660-4085-4)
Dark Graphic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe (ISBN: 978-0-7660-4086-1)
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley (ISBN: 978-0-7660-4084-7)

April 04, 2012

The Cutest Math Books the World Has Ever Seen

For Mathematics Awareness month, Enslow Publishers is proud to bring you what must be the cutest possible books for learning basic math. For children in 1st and 2nd grade, the "Puppy & Kitten Math" series, by Patrica J. Murphy, teaches children the basic math skills of Adding, Subtracting, Counting, Measuring, and Telling Time. Each 32 page book features adorable pictures of puppies and kittens inside of math tutorials and math problems. Click on a cover for more information about the book, or click here: "Puppy & Kitten Math" for information about the series.

April 03, 2012

Pre-K Readers Find Pot of Reading Gold With Enslow's "All About a Rainbow of Colors" Series

Purple Animals (ISBN: 978-0-7660-4000-7),
from Enslow's "All About a Rainbow of Colors" series.
Spring is the season when color returns to yards, parks, and landscapes. A child's joy in discovering spring's fresh look encourages them to read books in which vivid color is the hero. Enslow Publishers satisfies this need with its excellent Pre-K series "All About a Rainbow of Colors."

Designed for emerging readers, author Melissa Stewart's six-book "All About a Rainbow of Animals" ensemble presents beautiful full-color photographs of marine, terrestrial, or flying creatures with associated sight words and simple sentences. The books' large, readable text, 24-page length, and child-friendly size provide a warm "way in" for very young children to read about animals associated with a specific color. Each book also provides a "words to know" section useful for pre-reading activities.

Each book in "All About a Rainbow of Animals" is available in a library-bound edition for $15.95. The price represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price.

March 30, 2012

Super Silly Science Jokes

What better way is there to end the week than with some super silly science jokes? Here are some of our favorites from Mountains of Jokes About Rocks, Minerals, and Soil written by Melissa Stewart and illustrated by the super talented Gerald Kelley.

ISBN: 978-0-7660-3969-8
This title covers everything from rocks and minerals to the layers of the earth and erosion. There are so many fun facts packed into this 48-page book for grades 3–4 but we also left room for a few good jokes like these...

Q: What do rocks eat for dessert?
A: Marble cake!

Q: What does Earth have in common with an apple?
A: They both have a core.

Q: Why did the coprolite take a nap?
A: Because it was pooped!

It's no joke...these books are educational and FUN!

March 27, 2012

Open Your Spring Book Season With Enslow Sports Fiction Books

Library ISBN: 978-0-7660-3876-9
Paperback ISBN: 978-1-4644-0002-5
The first pitch of the major league baseball season will be thrown eight days from today. With Opening Day comes interest in books about baseball. In addition to the traditional nonfiction titles about America's pastime, young readers have shown an increasing desire to read fiction in which major sports, such as baseball, become part of a work's essential texture.

Enslow Publishers' new fiction series -- "A Champion Sports Story" -- meets that demand with wonderful, age-appropriate novels featuring popular sports. The 104-page titles include two books involving baseball and are suitable for readers in grades 3 to 6. Author Kris Rutherford's Batting Ninth features a young boy whose sense of determination leads him to overcome considerable odds in his desire to reach new athletic achievements and personality growth. In Rounding Third, Heading Home!, author David Aretha shows how a team's embrace of a positive attitude lifts their performance and their spirits.

Each title in "A Champion Sports Story" is available in paperback for $9.95 directly from Enslow Publishers. Each book is also available in library-bound editions for the school/library price of $19.95; that price represents a 25% discount from Enslow Publishers' list price for each title.

March 26, 2012

Happy Belated Birthday to Danica Patrick

We thought her 30th birthday was today, when it was yesterday. She was participating in the Nationwide race on Saturday, however it appears that she ran over some debris in the beginning of the race which punctured her radiator.