River Otter’s Adventure is A Must Read Picture Book

River Otter's Adventure

The creators of Arbordale’s favorite little river otter have much to celebrate with the announcement of the Massachusetts Center for the Book, Mass Book Awards longlist on June 24th. River Otter’s Adventure by Linda Stanek and Shennen Bersani joins the list of must-read books for 2021.

Each year the awards recognize fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and children’s/young adult literature by Massachusetts residents. The center will celebrate the titles throughout the summer and announce winners in each category this fall.

Read the entire press release here!

Do not be scammed!

Recently, we have been contacted by several individuals about a data entry job posting asking applicants to wire money in order to work for Arbordale Publishing Company. This is not something we would ever ask of freelance or regular applicants, and we are very concerned that someone is using our name to deceive people.

Please do not fall prey to this scam.

  • Our company name is Arbordale Publishing. Any other variations are not representative of our company.
  • We do not ever request payment with the promise of work.
  • If you receive an email that does not end in, it is not a legitimate email address and does not represent our company. We do not have any other extensions.
  • We also would never ask for personal information or send bank account numbers in an email.

We regret that someone is using our name and reputation fraudulently and sympathize with individuals that have been victims of this scam, but Arbordale cannot accept any responsibility.

An Update to Arbordale’s Online Reading Permissions

March 16, 2021 -- We are revisiting our online reading permissions today and have decided to continue limiting readings to a password-protected or closed platform and not allow readings on YouTube or social media platforms. As we see more and more schools, libraries and museums begin in-person programming, we hope organizations can connect with kids through more traditional programming.

We know that many students and community members are still virtually learning and we hope that you continue to connect with them through storytimes. If you record a reading, we ask that you credit the author, illustrator, and Arbordale Publishing.

We have partnered with a new e-reading platform, Fathom Reads, which offers a record and share feature if you do not have a closed platform. You can find more information on that platform here.

We know that social media is a main resource for many people to connect with their community, We will consider special events and partnerships. Please contact Heather Williams at with inquires.

Animal Homes is an Outstanding Science Trade Book

Animal Homes

It is awards season, and Arbordale is honored to have both Animal Homes and Las casas de los animals receive a spot on the prestigious CBC-NSTA Outstanding Science Trade Books list. This is Mary’s eighth book in the Animal Anatomy and Adaptations series and follows Animal Mouths in receiving this honor.

NSTA and CBC first collaborated on the Outstanding Science Books for Children in 1973. Each year the organizations select a panel of experts to analyze and handpick a list of recommended books. Educators and parents use this list as a guide for selecting quality books to excite children about science.

Read the entire press release here!

Creek Critters is a Finalist!

Creek Critters

Arbordale Publishing is honored that Creek Critters has been named to the prestigious AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in the Hands-On Science category. Written as a partnership between Jennifer Keats Curtis, the Stroud Water Research Center, and illustrated by Phyllis Saroff, the book explores water quality through the play of two siblings.

Each year the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Subaru celebrate outstanding science writing by selecting winning titles in four categories, Picture Books, Middle Grade, Young Adult, and Hands-On Science. The awards have encouraged the writing and publishing of quality science books since 2005, so current and future generations will have a better understanding and enjoyment of STEM topics.

Read the entire press release here!

Fall Update on Arbordale’s Online Reading Permissions

As we move to the start of a new school year, we have taken a look at our temporary online reading policies from spring and have made revisions to begin on September 1st.

We recognize that schools and parents will be using a variety of online learning tools this fall. We feel that storytime is still very important for kids, and we don’t want to take away that connection between teacher and class. If you would like to read an Arbordale title online to a class or group, we ask that you only post a video in a closed or password-protected format.

We have partnered with a new e-reading platform, Fathom Reads, which offers a record and share feature if you do not have a closed platform. You can find more information on that platform here.

We are suspending the ability to share videos of Arbordale books being read aloud on sites such as Facebook, Youtube, and other social media platforms and ask that existing videos be removed. However, we will consider special events and partnerships. Please contact Heather Williams at with questions.

Permissions for Online Use during Covid-19

We understand the challenges of ensuring young students and community members continue their learning activities during these unsure times. We have received several requests for online storytimes, and we want to support those that are helping their community. Therefore, we have temporarily revised our reading permissions during social distancing.

If you would like to read an Arbordale book with your class, we prefer that it be uploaded to a secure password protected server and only be available until June 15th. We understand that this is not always possible and if you will be sharing the video on social media, we ask that you say the reading is with the permission of Arbordale Publishing, and we are tagged in the post at:

Facebook: @ArbordaleKids

Twitter: @ArbordaleKids

Instagram: @ArbordaleKids

Please contact Heather Williams at with any questions about the permission guidelines or to share your video

Resources for Parents and Teachers

Fun eReader ebooks

Arbordale Publishing opens their entire Fun eReader library of multilingual ebooks for reading until May 15th.

While teachers are getting creative with ways to connect with students, and parents are taking a very active role in their child’s education during these uncertain times, Arbordale is supporting families by giving ebook access to the entire library until May 15th.

The ebooks read in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Indonesian, Arabic, Japanese, and Chinese. Assistive technologies such as word highlighting and pronunciation at varying speeds are assets for beginning readers. Built-in activities and animal sounds give readers fun, interactive elements, as well as educational value.

In addition to ebooks, Arbordale provides each book’s “For Creative Minds” educational section for download in many available languages as well as extensive teaching activities. These resources have everything from standards-aligned lessons to coloring pages and recipes.

Staff at Arbordale will be working from home, but users are welcome to call (843) 971-6722 or email support @ with questions about the ebooks. While we are away, we are also taking orders for hardcovers and paperback email us at orders @

Finalist at Foreword and Approved by Story Monsters

River Rescue River Rescue

Two Arbordale Titles Receive Honors this week from book review publications

Mt. Pleasant, SC – Today we have reason to celebrate and new seals will decorate Shennen Bersani’s picture book Achoo Why Pollen Counts receiving an award from Story Monsters, and Connie McLennan’s The Forest in the Trees is a finalist in the Foreword Reviews Indiefab awards.

Read more about the awards and the books in the full press release here!

River Rescue Selected for Spiritual Reading List

River Rescue

River Rescue, by Jennifer Keats Curtis and Tri State Bird Rescue and Research Inc. with illustrations by Tammy Yee, has been chosen for the “Best Spiritual Children’s Books” by Spirituality and Practice.”

River Rescue was chosen as one of the 20 best children’s books reviewed by the editors at “Spirituality and Practice.” Each year the website reviews more than 200 books, and after the close of the year, they choose the best of the best for a recommended reading list.

“Spirituality & Practice ( is a multifaith website providing resources for spiritual journeys. New book reviews are published weekly to the Books section of the site, where visitors can also search a database of more than 7,500 book reviews.”

View the entire reading list!

And…The Eureka! Award Goes To…The Forest in the Trees

The Forest in the Trees

The Forest in the Trees by local author Connie McLennan was honored with a silver honor as part of the 2019 California Reading Association Eureka! Awards. This curated list celebrates outstanding nonfiction for children and students.

The Forest in the Trees introduces readers to some of the world's tallest trees through cumulative rhyme. As readers follow along high into the canopy, the text introduces the mosses, lichens, bugs, and birds that call this ecosystem home. Additional facts on each page share interesting tidbits about the many discoveries’ scientists found in the canopy. The artwork paints a lush green landscape filled with life and is based on the information collected by the few botanists that saw the forest with their own eyes.

Read the full press release, click here!

Nonfiction and New Languages are Hot Off the Press at Arbordale Publishing

Baby Bear's Adoption Cheetah Dreams

Two new nature-themed picture books and dozens of translated Arbordale classics make their debut this fall.

After summer vacations spent spotting nature, keep learning at home with Arbordale’s new titles Animal Skins and The Forest in the Trees. World travelers can brush up on new languages with classic Arbordale picture books also making their debut this fall. Both The Forest in the Trees and Animal Skins release on September 10th, and titles in French, German, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic are currently available and forthcoming throughout the fall. Read the full press release, click here!

Award-Winning Duo Do It Again!

Linda Stanek and Shennen Bersani win a Nautilus Award for Cheetah Dreams

The award-winning duo of Linda Stanek and Shennen Bersani have done it again; they were awarded a silver Nautilus Award in Children’s Non-Fiction Picture Books for Cheetah Dreams.

The Nautilus Book Awards are bestowed each year celebrating excellence from the full spectrum of the Print publishing world. Gold and silver winners are selected from 29 categories ranging from children’s and nonfiction to social change & social justice, and photography & Arts. The award’s mission is to recognize and celebrate a wide subject-range of Better Books for a Better World.

Read the full pres release here

A Silver Award for Author Lisa Connors

Oliver’s Otter Phase honored in the 31st annual Benjamin Franklin Awards

Writing a first book is a great accomplishment but winning an award for that book is even sweeter, and Lisa Connors felt that success this month with the announcement of the Independent Book Publishers Association Benjamin Franklin awards. Her picture book Oliver’s Otter Phase won a silver medal in the Best New Voice: Children’s/Young Adult category.

Read the full pres release here

Recommended Reading: Arbordale’s Spanish titles make the cut for the Tejas Star Reading List and The Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish.

We are honored to have two books selected for the Tejas Star Reading List. This list is selected by members of the Texas Library Association to encourage kids to discover multicultural books and the benefits of bilingualism. The Arbordale titles on the list include:

Las orejas de los animales (Animal Ears)
Querido Dragón de Komodo (Dear Komodo Dragon)

Read the entire list here!

We are also excited to have six titles on The Best Children’s Picture Books of the Year in Spanish. The Children’s Book Committee at Bank Street College of Education chooses these notable books. Arbordale’s 2018 titles that made the list include:

La Dama de las Siguanas (The Lizard Lady)
Querido Dragón de Komodo (Dear Komodo Dragon)
Maggie, el último elefante en Alaska (Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant)
Yodel, el chiquitín (Yodel the Yearling)
¿Cuál es el animal más rápido? (Which Animal is Fastest?)
La adopción del bebé oso (Baby Bear’s Adoption)

See the enitre list here!

We have a winner!

It’s that time of year when best book lists are coming at you each day! Well…we are very excited to announce that Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant was selected for the 2019 Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12 by the National Science Teachers Association and Children’s Book Council!

As a publisher of science picture books, you can imagine that this is our favorite award to receive and we think Maggie and the Spanish counterpart Maggie, El Último Elefante En Alaska are a wonderful choice!

Read the announcement from the NSTA and CBC here, or get your very own copy of Maggie: Alaska's Last Elephant here!

Shiny new honors for Arbordale Books!

Treats came in the morning emails just in time for Halloween!

Announced this weekend, Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant received a silver honor from the California Reading Association in this year’s Eureka! Awards. Then yesterday, Purdue University released their annual Engineering Gift Guide from the INSPIRE Research Institute and Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant is featured.

Both organizations bring STEM and nonfiction to young readers. Read our blog for bit more about each award…

We have a contender for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Children's Science Picture Book

Living Things and Nonliving Things

Author Kevin Kurtz is certainly living the good life today as he celebrates the announcement that his book Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book is a finalist for the AAAS/Subaru SB&F Prize for Excellence in Science Books.

Kurtz’s 2017 title is one of the six picture books selected for the longlist from which finalists will be announced in October. The prize will be awarded to a single author at the AAAS Annual Meeting in February.

Read more about the prize on the AAAS SB&F website!

Animals, habitats and nature to explore in Arbordale's fall lineup available for pre-order today!

Baby Bear's Adoption Cheetah Dreams A Day in the Forested Wetland Which Animal is Fastest?

Jump into reading with Arbordale’s new fall releases. Four new titles including Baby Bear’s Adoption, Cheetah Dreams, A Day in the Forested Wetland and Which Animal is Fastest? debut October 10, 2018, but you can pre-order your new titles today in our online store. To learn more about each book read the full press release here or click the cover to visit each book's homepage and check out our educational extras!

Deep in the Desert selected for the New Mexico Governor's First Grade Reading Initiative!

We are very excited that for the third year in a row, an Arbordale title has been selected! This year's picture book selection is Deep in the Desert / En lo profundo del desierto (Bilingual) by Rhonda Lucas Donald and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh. 4000 hardcover books will be handed out to incoming first graders. And, every elementary school in New Mexico has received a Fun eReader® license for school-wide and home access to all 150 Arbordale STEM-themed, dual-language, interactive, read-aloud ebooks! Click for details

Big News for Bat Count!

Earlier today, 15° Laboratory announced that Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story is this year’s winner of the Giverny Award.

The Giverny Book Award is given annually to a children’s science picture book that teaches the reader at least one important scientific principle through a story. The award is named after the French village that served as inspiration for impressionist paintings and that connection between science and art is celebrated.

Read more in the full press release

Choose to Read Ohio includes Once Upon an Elephant on the 2019-2020 Booklist

Author Linda Stanek and illustrator Shennen Bersani received another accolade for their collaboration on Once Upon an Elephant this weekend. The State Library of Ohio along with the Ohioana Library Association and Ohio Center for the Book released the 2019 & 2020 Choose to Read Ohio list and Once Upon an Elephant was selected as a recommended book in the Books for Young Children category.

Read all about the award in the full press release

Abounds of Awards for Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant!

It is rare that a story touches so many aspects of knowledge, but this February Songju Ma Daemicke's picture book Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant was named a Mathical honor book and secured a place on the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for 2018. These awards are in addition to the Best STEM Books award and Outstanding Science Trade Books honor announced in December of 2017.

The story is based on the real events of Cao Cao's birthday when the Prime Minister of Han brought an elephant to the Wu Kingdom. The crowd was fascinated by the beast in including Cao's son Chong. They immediately began guessing the elephant's weight; but how would they weigh the elephant without a scale? Cao Chong, a six-year-old boy, came up with the perfect solution Archimedes principle of buoyancy.

Read the full press release, click here

Spring is in the air with six new titles released February 10th

Little animal lovers will jump for joy this spring when Arbordale releases six new titles featuring critters from land and sea. New titles including Animal Ears, Dear Komodo Dragon, The Lizard Lady, Maggie: Alaska’s Last Elephant, Oliver’s Otter Phase, and Yodel the Yearling hit bookshelves on February 10th.

Learn more about each of the spring books and what inspired each author through the following press releases: Mary Holland's Animal Ears and Yodel the Yearling, Dear Komodo Dragon, The Lizard Lady, Maggie Alaska's Last Elephant, and Oliver's Otter Phase.

Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant is Tops in STEM

Announced today, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke and illustrated by Christina Wald lands a spot on the 2018 Best STEM Books list. The list is curated in a joint project by the National Science Teacher’s Association and the Children’s Book Council to select the best trade books that integrate science, technology, engineering, and math.

The use of science and creative thinking is integral to the story, and also makes Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant a good fit for this list. The Best STEM Books list provides a recommended reading list to educators, librarians, parents and guardians looking for books that exemplify the creative approach to discovering and applying knowledge about our world to solve problems. Each year a panel of educators and scientists gather to select a variety of books that meet these guidelines and feature one of the four disciplines. View the entire list here:.

Read the full press release here

Amazing! Five Outstanding Science Books for Arbordale

It is book awards season. Today, Arbordale is celebrating five books named to the prestigious Outstanding Science Trade Books list – a joint project of the National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) and the Children’s Book Council (CBC).

The honored books represent many different science concepts including two citizen science books, Bat Count: A Citizen Science Story by Anna Forrester and illustrated by Susan Detwiler and Moonlight Crab Count by Dr. Neeti Bathala with Jennifer Keats Curtis and illustrated by Veronica V. Jones. Two very unique nonfiction books, one on animal rescue, Honey Girl: The Hawaiian Monk Seal by Jeanne Walker Harvey and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, and one on classification, Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book by Kevin Kurtz. Finally, creative problem solving wins with Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant by Songju Ma Daemicke and illustrated by Christina Wald...Read the full press release here!

See all 13 Arbordale titles selected as NSTA / CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books. Click here!

See the full NSTA / CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books list, and learn more about the award. Click here!

Introducing Chinese language option on these 3 titles:

We are pretty excited to finally have Chinese added to our growing list languages. These three books are now available as multilingual, read-aloud ebooks with perfect word highlighting and audio speed control. Tap animals and objects of nature hear their sounds. They are also available in paperback.

So much fun on our Fun eReader® ... 110 of our 144 dual-language, read-aloud ebooks now have animal, nature, & object sounds when tapped.

We are updating 1 or 2 ebooks per day with the real sounds of animals in the wild, ocean surf, lightning strikes, etc. Children (and adults!) love to find and listen to the sounds. You can play with this feature on our new ebook of the month linked here and from the homepage.

New Mexico Statewide Reading Competition - Congratulations to our 4 winning schools

School Location
per student
Hermosa Elementary Artesia 317 15 0 3991 12.59
North Star Elementary Albuquerque 608 0 0 2221 3.65
Jefferson Montessori Academy Carlsbad 99 1750 0 1857 18.76
Nina Otero Community School Santa Fe 467 1404 0 1381 2.96
Gonzales Elementary Santa Fe 285 0 0 1119 3.93
El Dorado Community School Santa Fe 334 0 0 1069 3.20
Christine Duncans Heritage Academy Albuquerque 164 21 0 890 5.43
Pinon Elementary White Rock 306 0 0 692 2.26
E.J. Martinez Elementary Santa Fe 252 0 0 558 2.21
Yucca Elementary Alamogordo 364 953 0 512 1.41

* For more details on the reading contest and New Mexico's statewide reading initiative, click here.

Fall Book Launch - Meet the Books!

The fall book launch is upon us and we have four great new titles for little science lovers. This season, Compare and Contrast with Kevin Kurtz, find creatures that lurk in the dark with Linda Stanek and Shennen Bersani or find out how to weigh an elephant in Ancient China with Songju Ma Daemicke and Christina Wald. Learn what inspired each author and how the book came together in the press releases for: Animal Tails, Cao Chong Weighs an Elephant, Living Things and Nonliving Things: A Compare and Contrast Book, or Night Creepers.

Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Once Elephant has won the Children's Choice Award for 3rd & 4th Grade

We are incredibly honored that young readers loved Once Upon an Elephant and voted for our nonfiction book to take home the prize in the CBC Children's Choice Awards this year. We thank you for voting!!

About the Book: Through Once Upon an Elephant, readers learn why the large creatures are so important to other animals on the African Savanna, and what a keystone species means to the human residents as well. Author Linda Stanek worked with the Columbus Zoo to write a different kind of elephant book and after learning so much about the animal; she knew that she had to write a nonfiction story about what would be if elephants were only “Once Upon a Time.” Bersani completes this picture book with highly realistic and bright illustrations. Following the story, a “For Creative Minds” section includes activities and fun facts where kids can learn more about elephants and keystone species.

Read more about the award and Once Upon an Elephant here!

New York Author wins a Crystal Kite Award

Stony Brook author Cindy Sommer, and her debut picture book Saving Kate's Flowers, has been recognized with a Society of Children's Books Authors and Illustrators 2017 Crystal Kite Award for New York.

Each year, 15 books are honored from U.S. and international regions from more than 1,000 nominated books. Members of SCBWI vote to honor the outstanding work of their peers in the genre of children's books. SCBWI is the only professional organization specifically for those individuals writing and illustrating for children and young adults in the fields of children's literature, magazines, film, television, and multimedia.

Read more about the award and Saving Kate's Flowers here!

Two Arbordale books selected in the 2017-2018 Delaware Diamonds Awards

Aquatic comparisons and elephants make the cut in this year's Delaware Diamonds awards. Young readers in kindergarten through second grade will have the chance to read and vote for Sharks and Dolphins: A Compare and Contrast Book and Once Upon and Elephant in the 2017-2018 school year.

A program of the Delaware Literacy Association, the Delaware Diamonds committee chooses winning titles each year with the intent to expose young readers to new quality literature as well as honor reader's favorites. After reading a majority of the books students cast their vote for the favorite and the winning titles are announced each spring.

This year readers have two nonfiction books from Arbordale among the contenders. Sharks and Dolphins by Kevin Kurtz takes a look at the qualities that make these animals similar but yet very different. The large photographs pair nicely with simple text for even very young readers to understand. Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek shows how important elephants are to their habitat and the animals that share the African savannas by asking what would be if elephants were only once upon a time. Life-like illustrations by Shennen Bersani compliment Linda's informative text.

Both books are available in hardcover, paperback, ebook and interactive ebook as well as Spanish language editions.

Launching our 2017 Summer Reading Program

Enjoy Fun eReader® with 25 dual-language, interactive ebooks, free for the summer
We understand how important it is for children to read over the summer and are making 25 interactive ebooks available to families across the country to read this summer for FREE! To help encourage children to read, we are providing bingo games with plenty of cards so siblings can compete, an "Around-the-World Passport" for children to paste in book cover "stamps" as they read the books, and a Pinterest page with all kinds of activities for families to do. Click for details

Once Upon an Elephant nominated for Ohio Award

Today the Ohioana Library announced the finalist in the 2017 Ohioana Book Awards and Linda Stanek's Once Upon an Elephant is one of the five juvenile literature finalists. The awards were first given in 1942, and each year they honor Ohio author's contributions to literature in fiction, poetry, juvenile literature, middle grade/young adult literature, and nonfiction. The awards also honor books about Ohio but may not have been written by an Ohio author. This year's winners will be announced in July. Once Upon an Elephant is a finalist in the Children's Choice Awards, where voting is currently taking place online through May 7th and also in the Keystone to Reading Award, voted on by Pennsylvania students.

Deep in the Desert selected for the New Mexico Governor's First Grade Reading Initiative!

We are very excited that for the second year in a row, an Arbordale title has been selected! This year's picture book selection is Deep in the Desert by Rhonda Lucas Donald and illustrated by Sherry Neidigh. 23,000 hardcover books and an additional 4,000 bilingual versions will be handed out to incoming first graders. And, every elementary school in New Mexico has received a Fun eReader® license for school-wide and home access to all Arbordale ebooks! Click for details

Interactive ebooks now have animal sounds when tapped

Your kids will love what happens when they tap our animals on ebook pages ... they now growl, chirp, and roar! About 20% of our 140 ebooks have the new feature and we are adding 1 or 2 per day to the list. To see which ebooks have the animal sounds, please use the sort dropdown (web version) and select "Animal & object sounds." This feature is live on web and ipad app versions of the Fun eReader®. It is not yet available on the Android.

We Have A Finalist!

Read Once Upon an Elephant and vote in the Children's Choice Awards!

Voting is open now and Arbordale is leading the campaign for the elephants. Once Upon an Elephant by Linda Stanek with illustrations by Shennen Bersani is in the running for the Children's Choice Award in the 3rd and 4th grade book of the year!

Read the ebook (free), meet the author, and vote

Just vote

Read the full press release!

After A While Crocodile makes the Long List for the Green Earth Book Awards

The Nature Generation announced the "long List" for the annual Green Earth Book Award, and After A While Crocodile: Alexa's Diary by Dr. Brady Barr and Jennifer Keats Curtis with illustrations by Susan Detwiler is in contention for the children's nonfiction award.

The story is told through the diary of a young girl who is participating in a real crocodile head start program in Costa Rica where children raise the animals. They learn all about their American Crocodile neighbors before releasing the baby croc into local rivers. Readers learn about this endangered animal and conservation efforts through Alexa's story.

The Green Earth Book award honors books that, "Inspire children to grow a deeper appreciation, respect and responsibility for their natural environment." The 2017 winners will be announced on Earth Day!

Our 6 Fall 2017 titles have arrived!!!

Available as hardcover, paperback, spanish paperback, and our amazing dual-language, interactive ebook. Order online today.

Spring Specials!

Get Arbordale's Incredible Ebooks Free

Buy 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 books and get online access to our entire collection for free!

With 30% to 40% off your book purchases plus the free ebooks this is a deal that can't be beat! Buy one title or mix and match for a variety of habitats, animals, or even physical science.

Arbordale's ebooks read aloud in both English and Spanish with word highlighting and audio speed control to engage young readers.

Visit our specials page for more information about these packages!

Training Videos Released for Arbordale Ebooks

Having trouble logging into your Arbordale ebooks, or do you just want to learn about our ebook and app technology. We have just released several training videos to help you navigate our wonderful ebooks. Watch all six, click here!

Crocodile Diary Receives Outstanding Award

Maryland scientist, author, and illustrator collaborate to bring animal conservation to children in this award-winning book.

Mount Pleasant, SC (January 2, 2017) -- Late in December, the National Science Teachers Association with the Children's Book Council announced that Arbordale's After A While Crocodile: Alexa’s Diary landed a place on their prestigious Outstanding Science Trade Book reading list.

After A While Crocodile is a project between Dr. Brady Barr and author Jennifer Keats Curtis with illustrations by Susan Detwiler. Barr has done extensive work with a crocodile head start program in Costa Rica where children raise American crocodiles from egg to release. This program is intended to teach a respect for these animals that are often misunderstood by the people that live in areas populated with the crocodiles. Read more, click here!

Three Arbordale Books selected for Kansas Reading List!

The Kansas NEA Reading Circle has selected Tuktuk: Tundra Tale, A Case of Sense, and Animal Legs for their annual catalog. School library-media specialists across the state use this catalog to buy great books for their school libraries. Learn more and see the entire list here

All New Mexico families now have free access to 140 picture books that read-aloud in both English and Spanish.

Mount Pleasant, SC (November 14, 2016) -- Families of first graders may recognize one of two Arbordale books Ten for Me or Newton and Me which were given to students at the beginning of the school year as part Governor Martinez's First Grade Reading Initiative. Now, as part of the same bid, all New Mexico elementary-age students and their families have access to 140 ebooks on Arbordale's dual-language Fun eReader® platform.

Learn more about this statewide reading initiative, click here!

Arbordale's editor and summer reading in Publishers Weekly

From the June 10th edition:

Are Publishers Influenced by Teacher and Librarian Feedback?

From the June 10th edition:

"I want every kid to see one of our books and think, "Science is for me; that's something I can do."

Read the full article, click here!

Achiss! La Importancia del polen, Receives Spanish Book Award

The Tejas Star Award committee has selected Achiss! by Shennen Bersani for their annual reading list. This is the debut picture book both authored and illustrated by Shennen Bersani, and the first award for a Spanish edition of an Arbordale Book.

The story begins with Baby Bear waking up to a cloud of pollen after hibernation. After a sneezy start Baby Bear ends up learning why pollen is good for everyone, even a bear, from his forest friends. The realistic, yet adorable illustrations are in Bersani's signature style and help kids understand why pollen is so important.

Published by the Texas Library Association each year, the Tejas Star Reading List is intended to, "encourage children ages 5-12 to explore multicultural books and to discover the cognitive and economic benefits of bilingualism and multilingualism." For more information on the award click here.

An Outstanding Award for Animal Mouths by Mary Holland

Author Mary Holland's newest book, Animal Mouths received a gold seal this week when the Children's Book Council with the National Science Teachers Association named their Outstanding Science Trade Books for 2016.

In Animal Mouths, young readers get up close with teeth, fangs, and beaks as Holland breaks down the differences in types of mouthparts. Large detailed photos complement the text to demonstrate the ways that animals use their mouth, and inset skull photos really show off the mammal's huge incisors.

Read the full press release, click here!

New Honor for Polar Bears and Penguins

International Literacy Association awards Katharine Hall's book on annual reading list!

On July 18th at the annual International Literacy Association conference Katherine Hall's debut picture book Polar Bears and Penguins was awarded a place on the annual Children's and Young Adults Reading List as the winner in the primary nonfiction category.

The annual awards honor books written by new authors that show a promise in the children's and young adult genre. This year marks the 40th announcement of the reading list and awards are given out for primary, intermediate and young adult books.

Read the full press release, click here!

Florida Readers Get Slimed

Book awards committee chooses "Sea Slime" for annual reading list!

Sea Slime: It's Eeuwy, Gooey and Under the Sea is a perfect fit for Florida Reading Association's annual children's book award! The children's book of slimy sea life by Dr. Ellen Prager and illustrated by Shennen Bersani has been chosen by the selection committee as a finalist in the 2015-2016 awards competition.

Kids across Florida have the opportunity to read and vote for their favorite picture book in the annual competition. The awards are sponsored by the Florida Reading Association an affiliate of the International Literacy Association, and the organization introduced this award to "encourage young children to become enthusiastic about books." During the 2015-2016 school year Florida students will have eight books to read and choose a winner including Sea Slime.

Read the full press release, click here!

Kali's Story wins in the Children's Choice Awards

The votes have been counted, the celebration is over and Kali's Story by Jennifer Keats Curtis with photography by John Gomes came out on top this year in the 3rd and 4th grade category for the Children's Choices Book Awards sponsored by the Children's Book Council and Every Child a Reader.

We thank everyone who voted for Kali's Story and are overjoyed that so many readers loved the story of an orphaned baby polar bear finding his way in a new home and a new friend in the zoo.

To read more about the Children's Choice Awards click here!

Our 6 Fall 2016 titles have arrived!!!

Available as hardcover, paperback, spanish paperback, and our amazing dual-language, interactive ebook. Order online today.

Arbordale Publishing Grants Digital Resources to Schools Across the Country

In a two-year collaborative project, over 100 schools across the nation have been granted a subscription to the Arbordale Fun eReader® digital books and the additional educational resources provided by the publisher for use in classrooms and homes for the duration of the project.

"Knowing that funding is limited in many schools across the country, selecting the participants was very difficult," said Heather Williams, public relations coordinator.

Find out more about Arbordale's eBook grant and see the recipient schools here.

Vote for Kali

Kali's Story in contention for national book award

Voting opened in the annual Children's Choice Awards sponsored by the Children's Book Council on March 17th and Kali's Story: A Polar Bear Rescue made the grade, third and fourth to be exact. Now the fate of the winner in the hands of readers across the country and Arbordale Publishing is encouraging children to read and vote.

In celebration of the awards Arbordale is offering the eBook version of Kali's Story for only 99 cents during the voting period and Children's Book Week. Encouraging a love for reading is central to the publisher's mission and as the only nonfiction entry in the category the Children's Choice Book Awards is a great venue to introduce the genre to young readers.

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Grant Opportunity Announcement

Applications open today for a digital picture book grant sponsored by Arbordale Publishing. Three schools in each state across the U.S. will be awarded the publisher's Fun eReader® book collection for classroom and home use over two academic years.

With more than 100 books in the collection and growing, this grant presents an opportunity for schools to introduce Arbordale picture books into the curriculum using the company's digital platform and many educational resources. In 2008 Arbordale was one of the first publishers to introduce a dedicated subscription eBook platform, which now includes dual-language, interactive eBooks. The changes in technology usage and digital reading habits have inspired the company to present this grant opportunity....more

Click here to see more detailed information about the grant.

Kids Book Sale at Arbordale Publishing

On October 20th Arbordale Publishing located in Mt. Pleasant will invite local residents into their offices for a big book sale. With over 100 titles in print the publisher will offer limited quantities of all their children’s picture books for a deep discount while supplies last.

The publishing company began production in the fall of 2004 and released four titles in 2005 which remain some of the publisher’s bestsellers. The publisher has expanded greatly in the past ten years, won numerous awards, and celebrates new books twice a year with 18 titles planned for 2015.

With so much expansion in ten years the offices of Arbordale are bursting. The public is welcome to shop our inventory sale where hardcover books priced at $5, and paperbacks $3, are 70 percent off the retail price.

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Our 7 Spring 2016 titles have arrived!!!

Available as hardcover, paperback, spanish paperback, and our amazing dual-language, interactive ebook. Order online today.

New Books for Missouri Students Picks Arbordale Publishing Titles

Three Arbordale Publishing books, Balloon Trees, The Deductive Detective and Ferdinand Fox’s First Summer, have been chosen to go back-to-school with Missouri students this year. The annual reading list by the Missouri State Teachers Association has been released, and the comprehensive list honors Arbordale’s science and math titles.

The Missouri State Teacher’s Association reviews new titles each year at all grade levels to compose the list of recommended titles. Students are encouraged to read from the selected titles and the organization celebrates reading with award certificates and other programs.
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Summer Reading with a Tech Twist

Arbordale Publishing lowers app pricing to prevent the summer slide

Help Packy Packrat sort his belongings, Baby Bat find his courage, or Detective Duck "quack the case" with the new Fun eReader app on Google Play. Fun eReader is now available for droid devices, strengthening the e-reading platform offered by Arbordale Publishing (formerly Sylvan Dell Publishing) which currently includes online computer access and an iPad app under the same name.

Arbordale Publishing is fighting the summer slide with the launch of new technology and a summer reading incentive. All of the company’s eBooks will be 99 cents through September 30th on the new Fun eReader app in Google Play, Amazon’s Kindle Fire store as well as the entire collection of book apps offered in the Apple iTunes store.

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A Day in the Deep is IndieFab

Foreword Reviews Announces IndieFab Book of the Year Awards

A Day in the Deep goes bronze in the IndieFab awards presented at the annual American Library Association Conference by Foreword Reviews Magazine.

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