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Blue Wave Classroom News

Review of Civil Rights Movement series in School Library Journal

School Library Journal has reviewed five of the six books in The Story of the Civil Rights Movement in Photographs series in its August 2014 issue. Here is an excerpt from that review:

"The black, white, and red design give the book a slick, professional look...these books...provide a nuanced, well-organized perspective on the time period."

Written for the middle school student, these titles explore pivotal moments during the Civil Rights Movement through gripping primary source photographs. Supplemented by text boxes and captions, the events and key people involved are explained.

All of these titles are available as paperbacks. They can be purchased through your preferred vendor, independent bookstores, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen: Ruth Wakefield and Her Yummy Invention. Recommended series LMC

The Chocolate Chip Cookie Queen: Ruth Wakefield and Her Yummy Invention, written by Carmen Bredson has received a Recommended Review in Library Media Connection (LMC).  ISBN: 978-1-4644-0427-6

Zoom In On Insects series reviewed in School Library Journal

A review of the six titles in the Zoom In On Insects series appears in the August 2014 issue of School Library Journal. Here is an excerpt of that review:

"...these close-up images will engage children—particularly Grasshoppers and Dragonflies."

Geared toward the elementary reader, all of the titles in this series are available from your preferred vendor, independent bookstores, bluewaveclassroom.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble. They are available in library, paperback, and eBook formats.

VOYA reviews 3 Pure Poetry titles

The August 2014 issue of VOYA has a review of three of the Pure Poetry titles. Beauty PoetryDeath Poetry, and Love Poetry were reviewed in the issue. An excerpt is below:

"The poem's form, meaning, and poetic devices are thoroughly discussed line by line, using expositive, yet enjoyable, language and examples that allow for students' comprehensive understanding of the work."

These titles are available in library, paperback, and eBook formats, and can be purchased from your preferred vendor, independent bookstores, bluewaveclassroom.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Birthday of Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Who was she? Ida B. Wells-Barnett was an important and influential journalist at a time when few women
had careers. She wrote articles about unfair laws and how African Americans were being hurt. She brought violence against African Americans to the attention of the American people through newspaper articles.

Written by Patricia and Fredrick McKissack, this elementary-level title is perfect for the beginning reader. This title, and the rest of the titles in the Famous African Americans series, are correlated to the Common Core College and Career Readiness Standards, and are available from your preferred vendor, bluewaveclassroom.com, local bookstores, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Stephanie Kwolek has passed away at the age of 90

Stephanie Kwolek, the American chemist who invented Kevlar®, has passed away.

Countless lives have been saved using products made with Kevlar®, a superstrong fiber invented by Stephanie Kwolek. From bullet-resistant vests to brake pads, her efforts have made the world a safer place.

Written for the upper elementary reader, this title (and the others in the Genius Inventors and Their Great Ideas series) are available in library, paperback, and ebook formats, and can be purchased through your preferred vendor, local bookstores, bluewaveclassroom.com, Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.

Visit Enslow at ALA/Las Vegas Booth #204

Enslow Publishers is proud to continue its decades-long ALA Annual Conference participation this year. You'll find company President Mark Enslow and National Accounts Manager Tim Hoey at the Enslow booth #204. We'll have a daily 30-book raffle, ARCs and samples to take with you, and advance information about our exciting Fall 2014 Blue Wave Classroom print and e-books (including ePub versions suitable for the BYOD school needs!).

See you at ALA/Las Vegas! The exhibition events begin on Friday, June 27th and conclude on Monday, June 30th.

World Cup, Lionel Messi Books Score with Young Readers

The 2014 World Cup, the globe's premier international soccer tournament, began with the excitement of a brilliant Lionel Messi goal. The Argentine striker, considered among the world's best soccer players, is among the Latin stars appearing in the month-long event. Messi is also appearing in two Enslow Publishers' titles this season. Our Speeding Star imprint, designed to encourage young boys to read, features the 48-page Soccer Star Lionel Messi. Author John Albert Torres' well-written text, amplified by excellent color photographs, is an ideal choice for reluctant readers and for those young readers searching for an exciting, quick read on the player.


Enslow's repertoire also features a biography of the South American soccer sensation titled Lionel Messi: A Soccer Star Who Cares. Author Kimberly Gatto's 48-page, full-color biography includes Messi's positive activities in "giving back," as well as fascinating details about his early life and current career.

Both titles are available in paperback, and e-book formats. Buy them now from Blue Wave Classroom/Enslow Publishers, from your preferred vendor, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.com.

Heart Man: Vivian Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer reviewed in Book Links January 2014

Heart Man: Vivian Thomas, African-American Heart Surgery Pioneer reviewed in Book Links January 2014. The original edition has been revised and expanded. The link above goes to the newly revised edition. Available from BlueWaveClassroom.

Drake! Hip-Hop Celebrity reviewed in Booklist 2/1/14

Drake, the Canadian rapper, actually began his career in television on the teen drama DEGRASSI: THE NEXT GENERATION. Read about his rise to stardom, and his friends, family, and fans. Find out what motivates him, and his plans for the future.  Written by Ally Azzarelli, read the review in Booklist edition 2/1/14.  Available from BlueWaveClassroom in paperback.
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  • Preschool series address early education needs of young readers
  • Elementary series cover content areas in science, language arts, math, health/physical education, and the arts
  • Middle/High School series focus on language arts topics of high interest, especially for struggling learners

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