Friday, January 30, 2015

Free Book Friday: Super Sports Infographics

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Congratulations to April C. Rose (@aprilcrosebooks)! You've won InfandousPlease send an email to publicityinfo@lernerbooks.com with the subject line "Free Book Friday" and your mailing address so we can get your book in the mail.

This week, enter to win our new four-book Super Sports Infographics series.


These engaging titles deliver high-interest sports information through a mix of charts, graphs, and other eye-catching "data art." Each book breaks down compelling aspects of its sport into easily digestible infographics. Timelines, process charts, and data-based illustrations help readers visualize information. On each spread, readers encounter a text overview of the spread's topic, then analyze the artwork to gain insights about the sport.


If you'd like to win  Super Sports Infographics, please leave a comment on this post (including your first and last name), or tweet this line: "Free Book Friday! RT to win SUPER SPORTS INFOGRAPHICS from @LernerBooks. bit.ly/1OrSN"

We'll announce the winner on Friday, February 6, so check the blog then to see if you've won!

Good luck!

Thursday, January 29, 2015

US travel and the Our Great States series

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Have you seen this breathtaking slideshow from CNN? Each image shows an absolutely gorgeous outdoor location in one of the United States. Here's Colorado:



Travel is one of my all-time favorite activities. I love planning trips. And then I love the feeling of being in a new place--the smells, the sounds, the way the air feels different everywhere, and the satisfaction of using a guidebook and a map or a GPS app to figure out where I want to go and how to get there.

Our modern book marketplace offers quite a few travel guides, for quite a few different kinds of travelers. But it can be tricky to find travel guides aimed specifically at kids. Until now, that is. I'm excited to tell you that our second set of Our Great States books are now on sale! These books are so awesome.

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Each book describes ten kid-friendly places to see or things to do in the state. State fairs, science museums, music festivals, and pumpkin-chucking festivals are just a few of the places you and your students will read about.

But what about report-writing? you might be asking. Kids usually use states books for writing reports? How on Earth can they get facts about the biggest cities, the number of Congress members, or the state's industries from a travel guide? We thought of that, and we added all those statistics to the backmatter, along with maps, a glossary, an index, and a further reading list. You can also download information and FREE eSource activities related to each state's flag on our website, on the right-hand column of each book's product page.

Happy travels!

Monday, January 26, 2015

Morris Award Blog Tour

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In case you missed it, Carolrhoda Lab has another Morris Award finalist! Congratulations to E. K. Johnston, author of The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim.

Read the story of The Story of Owen here
Owen is in good company. The other four finalists tell tales of a Chicago native's surprise move to Ireland during the early-nineties grunge era, an aspiring poet dealing with dual expectations as a Latina in America, a punk fan using his passion to get into college, and a young woman with wings living in Seattle in the 1940s.

Want to learn more about these phenomenal YA reads by debut authors? You're in luck: the Morris Award blog tour kicks off today! Each weekday this week and Monday of next, visit the following blogs to read reviews, author guest posts, and interviews.

Here are the fantastic bloggers who are running the show:
* first post on Tuesday
** first post on Thursday
***first post on Friday

The winner will be announced at the Youth Media Awards Press Conference on February 2, so stay tuned! And make sure to pick up all of the books, regardless of who wins; each one is more than worthy of your time.

Ode to Winter

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I love this time of year. Call me crazy...but then again, I suppose I’d have to love it to love living in Minnesota as much as I do. I love watching the snow fall. Sitting under blankets by a fire. The luxury of long, dark evenings just perfect for reading with some hot tea or cocoa.

10538The Lightning Bolt book Are You Ready for Winter? (cover pictured, left) very nicely captures what makes wintertime so enjoyable to me. Below are a few verbal “images” from the book that do an especially nice job of illustrating the season's specialness. When read separately from the rest of the text, they sound almost poetica bit like mini “odes to winter,” if you will. Enjoy them, and Happy Winter, one and all! 

Whoosh! Listen to the sounds of children sledding down the snowy hill.

People bundle up in bulky coats. Hats and mittens are a common sight.

The snowflakes blow and drift. A snowstorm has begun. Wooooo! Wind gusts and howls.

Branches are glazed with snow and ice. Bare branches look like skeletons reaching toward the sky.

Long icicles form on the edges of roofs. They sparkle in the sunlight.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Teaching Materials: Info Wise

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Are you teaching your students how to write an outline, organize their research, or find reliable sources? Check out Lerner's new Info Wise series! Aimed at students in grades 4-6, this series leads young writers through every step of the research process. 



This month, Lerner is also sharing five completely FREE activities to help teach researching skills. Check out the series page then download the activity files by clicking on the links below. Check back in two weeks for more free teaching materials!

Writing With a Purpose
Dewey Decimal Scavenger Hunt
Comparing Commercials
Organize Your Info
Finding Irrelevant Information

Visit Lerner's Pinterest page for free teaching guides, lessons, and activities.