October 22, 2012

National Book Month and the return of our Pick-A-Page Giveaway!!

It's National Book Month. How about taking a visit to one of our national parks? Yosemite is located approximately four hours from San Francisco, and just about all of California's residents live within a one-day's drive of the park.

This park has lots of trails, camping facilities, scenic views, and for the adventurous souls, the ability to climb to the top of Half Dome, one of the huge granite monoliths. Standing next to one of the giant sequoia trees is another experience in and of itself. Enslow's nonfiction title describes the park, detailing the hiking and camping facilities, as well as the different and extraordinary things to see, like Glacier Point and El Capitan.

Now for the Pick-A-Page Giveaway, go to our e-catalog and pick a page of titles you would like to receive for free. Like us on Facebook and leave a comment on Facebook, letting us know which page you would like to receive, and how those books would benefit your school/library. For everyone who enters, they will receive one book from the page they requested. One winner will be chosen at random at the end of the week, and that person will receive a copy of every book on that page. The winner will be announced on Facebook sometime next week!

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October 19, 2012

Check Out Drawings From Our Friends

Our friends, Ethan and Nolan, made these great drawings from our Drawing in 4 Easy Steps series. The books in this series are now also available in paperback as well as in their original library editions. They make great gifts for those aspiring artists or for kids who just like to draw. The books also provide prompts for kids to write stories based on the pictures they draw. They can be purchased from Enslow.com or from online retailers like Amazon and Barnes and Noble

Draw Aliens and Space Objects
Draw Animals
Draw Cartoon People
Draw Pirates
Draw Princesses
Draw Superheroes

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October 18, 2012

Are the Yankees Missing Derek?

Even though Derek Jeter from the New York Yankees is sidelined due to a fractured ankle he suffered in the playoffs, we still think he's a champion baseball star!

Scheduled to undergo surgery on Saturday, the Yankee's captain is expected to need several months for a full recovery.

Do you think not having this champion player in the lineup for the remainder of the playoffs has made a difference in the outcome of the games?

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October 17, 2012

3 Interesting Facts About Mars

  • Methane, a gas produced on Earth almost entirely by living organisms, can be found on Mars.  Since no living organisms have been found on Mars, the cause behind the Martian methane is still unknown.
  • NASA's Phoenix lander found that the soil on Mars would be suitable for sustaining plant life.
  • The gigantic, dead volcano on Mars, Olympus Mons, is the largest mountain on any planet in the solar system.  Olympus Mons is about 2 1/2 times as high as Mount Everest, and the area it covers is about the size of New Mexico.
All of the above facts are from Enslow Publishers' Far-Out Guide to Mars from the award winning series, "Far-Out Guide to the Solar System".  If you can't get enough facts about Mars or the Solar System, be sure to look for these books at your favorite online store or ask for them at your local library! Follow Me on Pinterest

October 16, 2012

Cuban Missile Crisis: 50 Years Ago Today

A half-century ago today, the United States and the Soviet Union began a series of events that nearly commenced a catastrophic nuclear war. This critical episode in American history is the subject of Enslow Publishers' Cuban Missile Crisis: In the Shadow of Nuclear War.

Author R. Conrad Stein's 128-page book succinctly provides young readers with the facts and age-appropriate style to understand this dramatic incident. He provides useful background on the Cold War and key figures such as JFK, Robert Kennedy, and Soviet premier Nikita Khrushchev. Stein provides a clear discussion of the implications of possible American actions during the crisis, such as a naval blockade and United Nations deliberations. The author also weaves the consequences of a nuclear conflict into his narrative, a lesson young readers need to grasp and carefully consider.

Enslow's Cuban Missile Crisis: In the Shadow of Nuclear War, part of the "America's Living History" series, is available in a library-bound edition for $23.95. That price represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price for this title. Follow Me on Pinterest

October 15, 2012

Their Eyes Were Watching God and Teen Read Week

What books are part of your middle or high school list? For today, I thought I would focus on an author who has written several classics read by many middle and high school students.  I did not read Zora Neale Hurston's Their Eyes Were Watching God. Did you?

Library ISBN: 978-0-7660-3164-7
This is a heated story of love and passion. Written in 1937, this story of Janie Crawford, a resourceful and independent African-American woman, who searches for herself through her relationships with men. The main characters, Janie and Tea Cake, were modeled after Zora and Percival McGuire Punter, a man whom Zora loved. Percival wanted Zora to give up her writing career, but she would not do that, and instead went to the Caribbean, and wrote Their Eyes Were Watching God.

The book on the left is a reader's guide to that particular title. A plot summary and analysis as well as character studies of some of the major and minor characters in the book are included. In addition to all of this, primary and secondary themes are also discussed.

As far as biographies of Zora Neale Hurston, this middle-school biography describes her life as an anthropologist. She studied African-American culture in the South and collected stories and folklore and gave these stories life and made them widely known as a writer.

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October 12, 2012

The History of Fire Prevention Week

Each year schools around the country celebrate National Fire Prevention Week. But do you know why it's celebrated during the month of October?

On October 9, 1911, Fire Prevention Day was proclaimed. This day was chosen because it was the fortieth anniversary of the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, which killed hundreds of people and destroyed thousands of buildings. In 1992, Fire Prevention Day was extended to an entire week. Fire Prevention Week is celebrated each year during the week that includes the date of October 9.

From our "Fire Dog Heroes" book

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October 11, 2012

It's Fire Prevention Week - How Many Kids Aspire to Become Firefighters?

Choosing A Community Service Career
Library Edition: 978-0-59845-147-4
Paperback: 978-1-59845-312-6
Besides teaching fire safety, do think that Fire Prevention Week also inspires children to become firefighters?

Which other events throughout the school year, besides Career Day, do you think might influence children in their career choices?

What influenced your career choice?

Choosing a Community Service Career is from our Life–A How-to-Guide series

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October 10, 2012

The Holocaust Through Primary Sources: Kristallnacht

Kristallnacht: The Nazi Terror That Began the Holocaust, from Enslow Publishers' award-winning series of books, "The Holocaust Through Primary Sources", is now available as a paperback through Blue Wave Classroom.  Author James M. Deem's freshly researched, primary source-based of Kristallnacht is now readily available for use in the classroom.

Blue Wave Classroom offers a free educator's guide for Kristallnacht (available here) as well as State Standard and Common Core correlations (available here).

The original Library Edition of Kristallnacht can be found on Enslow Publishers' website here.

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October 09, 2012

Enslow's Graphic Version of "Frankenstein" and Tim Burton's New Movie "Frankenweenie"

Tim Burton's comic-horror riff on the "Frankenstein" story -- Frankenweenie --  is in movie theaters now. This Disney film production delivers a charming spoof on the Frankenstein legend that children are likely to enjoy.

One intriguing aspect of the movie is that it's shot in black-and-white. Burton has effectively used b-and-w in other films, and clearly believes black, white, and gray delivers the strongest impact for this picture.

Enslow Publishers' new graphic version of the classic novel Frankenstein was also created in black and white. The book's excellent art, which resembles woodcuts in its intensity, depth, and line, draws children into the mysterious world author Mary Shelley created nearly two centuries ago. The age-appropriate text gracefully flows from frame to frame, providing young readers with an enriching, exciting experience.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley is available in an attractive library-bound edition for the school/library price of $22.95. That rate represents a 25% discount from Enslow's list price for this book.

Other books in the "Dark Graphic Novels" series include vivid color versions of Chilling Tales of Horror: Dark Graphic Short Stories and Dark Graphic Tales by Edgar Allan Poe.

October 08, 2012

It's Columbus Day

This anniversary of Christopher Columbus arriving in the Americas is celebrated in the United States as well as in Latin America, the Bahamas, Spain, and other countries.

Library ISBN 978-1-59845-101-6
Columbus: Opening Up the New World, by Stephen Feinstein, is a middle school title, tells the story of Columbus' discovery of what is now the modern-day Bahamas. In search of a faster trade route to Asia, Columbus thought he had landed in the Indies. Columbus sailed the Atlantic Ocean four times and claimed several Caribbean islands for Spain. He established colonies and opened up the trade of products and ideas that would forever change the world.

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October 05, 2012

Some Friday Fan Mail

Every so often we receive fan mail in our office for our authors. Here's one that continues to make us smile so we wanted to share it so you can smile too. Hey fans, keep those letters coming!

October 04, 2012

More on the Common Core

There has been a lot of talk about the Common Core State Standards and how Appendix B applies. Many educators are using the list as a primary source for text.  The Common Core State Standards states as follows, with regards to appendix B:

Selecting Text Exemplars
"The following text samples primarily serve to exemplify the level of complexity and quality that the Standards require all students in a given grade band to engage with. Additionally, they are suggestive of the breadth of texts that students should encounter in the text types required by the Standards. The choices should serve as useful guideposts in helping educators select texts of similar complexity, quality, and range for their own classrooms. They expressly do not represent a partial or complete reading list."

There are many ways for educators to choose excellent books for their reading lists. Some of them include:
Recommendations from other teachers, librarians, and even parents!

Award Winners. You can find many award winning lists on the Internet.

Review committees and booksellers post their lists on their web sites.

How are you choosing your books for your reading list to use in conjunction with the Common Core State Standards? We would like to know!

Congratulations to our latest raffle winner!

Congratulations to Long Cane Middle School in Georgia for winning our monthly raffle!

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October 03, 2012

Great Holiday Jokes for Kids!

With the holiday season fast approaching, and it's time for kids to learn some jokes for the holidays!  Here are a few great jokes from Enslow Publishers' bestselling book Ha-Ha Holiday Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone by award-winning author Felicia Lowenstein Niven:

Question: "What's in a ghosts's nose?"
Answer: "BOOgers!"

Question: "What's the key to a great Thanksgiving?
Answer: "A tur-key, of course!"

Question: "What did one candle say to the other candle?" Answer: "Let's go out tonight!"

"Knock, Knock!"
"Who's there?"
"Mayer who?"
"Mayer Kwanzaa be filled with peace and unity!"

Question: "Which of Santa's reindeer has bad manners?" Answer: "Rude-olph!"

If you still can't get enough goofy holiday jokes, be sure to check out Ha-Ha Holiday Jokes to Tickle Your Funny Bone! It's filled with hilarious jokes, ridiculous riddles, and fascinating facts about holidays from New Year's Day to New Year's Eve, and every holiday in-between!

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October 02, 2012

New Jersey Holds "Week of Respect" program in schools

Started in 2010, the second annual "Week of Respect " is part of the state's anti-bullying campaign.

New Jersey's anti-bullying law is considered to be the toughest in the country. Previously, it had been recommended that schools have anti-bullying policies, but now it is required. The law was adopted after the 2010 suicide of Tyler Clementi, a Rutgers University freshman whose roommate used a webcam to spy on Clementi and another man in the dorm room.

Library ISBN 978-0-7660-2355-0
Bullying: How to Deal With Taunting, Teasing, and Tormenting, written for the middle school reader, begins with the story of one girl who was bullied in middle school. The book then addresses what bullying is, and why it is done. There is also a section about getting more information, finding Internet addresses, as well as finding more books on the topic.

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Halloween Book Offers Tips For Safe, Fun Crafts

With Halloween less than thirty days away, librarians, teachers, and parents are eager to find ways to tap into childrens' enthusiasm about the holiday. Hands-on activities are a case in point. They offer kids a safe, fun entree to Halloween, while providing a useful, spirited path for their creative imaginations. Author Randel McGee delivers both "ways in" to Halloween enjoyment via his Enslow book Paper Crafts for Halloween.

This wonderful title, part of Enslow's "Paper Craft Fun for Holidays" series, features step-by-step instructions and photos illustrating each step. McGee's 48-page book also includes a brief introduction to the holiday. And the work's 5.2 Accelerated Reader level makes it a solid choice for readers in fifth and sixth grades.

To get a sense of McGee's engaging personal style and craft designing skill, visit this link for a YouTube video of him in action. Meanwhile, Paper Craft Fun for Halloween is available in a library-bound edition for $17.95; that represents a 25% school/library discount from Enslow's list price for McGee's book. 

October 01, 2012

Welcome to Blue Wave Classroom!

One of the main goals in the new CommonCore State Standards (CCSS) initiative is for students to read more informational texts. This means that student reading of nonfiction must increase dramatically. 

The mission of Enslow Publishers, Inc., is to publish high-quality educational nonfiction books for children and young adults. Blue Wave Classroom, extends this mission into school classrooms, in addition to school libraries and public libraries with our curriculum-aligned, leveled, nonfiction and historical fiction books for Pre-K to grade 12. 

Check out Blue Wave Classroom's special offer for new customers. Be sure like the Blue Wave Classroom facebook page for special offers and giveaways.  

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