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With the launch of our Fall 2017 Capstone products, we wanted to highlight REDWORLD — an exciting new series in our all new SciFinity brand for the library market. Author A.L. Collins has created a fantastic sci-fi universe for the characters of Redworld to inhabit. Senior Editor Aaron Sautter spent... Continue reading
Posted Jul 19, 2017 at Capstone Connect
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Happy publication day to When Penny Met POTUS! Publishing just in time for the 4th of July holiday, and with an alarming 5 months until the US presidential election, this picture book brings sweetness and fun back to the White House. Penny’s mom works for POTUS, and Penny is thrilled... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2016 at Capstone Connect
Not long ago, I decided it was time to clean out the old file cabinet. We save book folders for several seasons, although the actual paper accumulation is less and less as more things are stored digitally. But I'd still somehow managed to get to an overflow point. It was... Continue reading
Posted May 31, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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I’m very excited about where Capstone’s Engage Literacy program is going. Engage Literacy provides paired fiction and nonfiction leveled texts for classroom literacy assessment. (Find out more here.) Mostly, I’m completely thrilled with the illustrated fiction characters. So, I couldn’t pick just one title to review, but decided to take... Continue reading
Posted May 16, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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I’d been busy at my Capstone desk, trying to get my Fall ’16 projects out the door in that final mad rush of proofreads, route checks, and team updates. I’d been sweating the finite details of periods, commas, line breaks, word stacks, and CIP page data that editors everywhere have... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2016 at Capstone Connect
In honor of World Book Day, which is April 23rd, we had a little celebration last week. It’s almost as if we have our own holiday really. How can you not celebrate this day in the book publishing world? We asked employees to dress up as their favorite book characters.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Let me tell you, some people will come up with just about any excuse not to write their blog post: "I have no interesting ideas to write about." "I had 17 books due to vendor last week and didn't have time to write a blog post." "My dog ate my... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2016 at Capstone Connect
We're in the thick of it again here in Capstone Product Development--deadline season. And on top of the usual stress of the job, we have implemented several new processes this season that add to the tension. Everyone has a plate overflowing, and not with mashed potatoes or ice cream, or... Continue reading
Posted Mar 22, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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"What? Too many carrots?!" Capstone Young Readers’ Too Many Carrots by Katy Hudson is a feast for human and bunny eyes. In fact, it is so completely cute that before it was even released, I knew I absolutely had to have it—and that was just based on the cover art... Continue reading
Posted Mar 8, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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This morning, I sorta feel like Leonardo DiCaprio looked after going a few rounds with that voracious grizzly bear in The Revenent. No, I wasn’t shotgunning around in the woods this weekend—I was firing jumpshots in a local Mankato basketball tournament. It’s been about three years since I’ve gotten up... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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Have you ever wondered what the people behind your favorite Capstone books think about the books you see on the shelves? What stories come to life for us? What illustrations jump off the page? What books do we think you’d love to read? Here at Capstone, we decided to find... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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One of the very coolest parts of my job is that I get to come up with ideas for products that inspire learning in kids. Innovation is a cornerstone of the Capstone ideal, and it has been since Day 1. This isn't surprising for a company that was started by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2016 at Capstone Connect
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A common Capstone theme right now is creativity. It’s our whole world in product development! So, it only makes sense. However, I’ve noticed some striking similarities in the research and testimonials about creativity that have been shared among employees. And I love sharing ideas—but I also love knowing how and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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If Ernest Hemingway were alive today and felt like writing a Western in the middle grade fiction genre, he might have written The El Dorado Map. Unfortunately, Hemingway’s long passed. Silver lining: New Englander Michael O’Hearn did write The El Dorado Map and seems to’ve channeled Papa Hemingway. Published by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Giving is intended to be a year round action, but definitely comes to the forefront during the holidays. In general I’m always trying to be more giving. I’ve kicked off the season by signing up to volunteer with our local Holiday Sharing Tree, selected a few Sharing Tree cards to... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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A few months ago, J.K. Rowling shocked the Twitterverse and booklovers across the country when she revealed the true name of the big bad villain in her Harry Potter series. I guess he-who-must-not-be-named should have stayed that way, because we’ve all been saying Voldemort’s name wrong! (The “t” should be... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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I hope you all enjoyed the extra hour (of hopefully sleep) this weekend. With Halloween falling on a Saturday we probably all needed it. Add to that the unseasonably warm autumn we've been having in Minnesota, and I'd imagine the trick-or-treaters were out a bit longer than usual this year.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 2, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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The Faerieground series from Capstone Young Readers is a page-turning quest into the fantastical. Our world and the world of faeries meet in a forest in the town of Mearston, near where best friends Lucy and Soli live and go to school. Lucy has grown up on tales of faeries... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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When I used to teach the English language rather than wrangle it into book form, I often asked my college students to pause a moment and consider the miracle of our written language. Yeah, yeah, thought they, book bags and brains sagging. Wow. No, I would say. You’ve really got... Continue reading
Posted Oct 6, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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As our Spring 2016 product development season is coming to a close, we are busy prepping for Fall 2016. For me this has meant endless searches for illustration talent. This is one of my favorite parts of my job. There are so many talented illustrators out there with never-ending art... Continue reading
Posted Sep 29, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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This past Monday, people all over America and Canada celebrated Labor Day. For many of us, this national holiday signals the unofficial end to the summer. It’s a time to get out on the lake one last time or fire up the barbeque with family and friends. For many students... Continue reading
Posted Sep 9, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Because everyone needs a library. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Attention librarians and teachers one and all! Capstone is proud to release its newest PebbleGo module: DINOSAURS! PebbleGo has a special place in my heart. This online database for early elementary school students was first released in 2009, beginning with a database about animals. I had recently gotten back from... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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One summer when I was in high school, I helped out coaching the local Summer Rec T-Ball team. My favorite T-Ball moment of all time happened that summer when one of the opposing shorties spanked a hot, bases-loaded ground ball to our own little shortstop, name of Darren Johnson. Darren... Continue reading
Posted Jul 27, 2015 at Capstone Connect
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Today just happens to be an odd culmination of holidays. It’s Bastille Day, Pandemonium Day, and National Nude Day. Could we get a more odd mix of holidays? I suppose pandemonium and nudeness could coincide while celebrating the end of the French constitutional monarchy. And now that I’ve led your... Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Capstone Connect