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So let's be honest. When we were in elementary and middle school, nonfiction books were boring. The great majority of them gave names, dates, and places but lacked that storytelling quality that makes a book really engaging. These are the books that gave nonfiction the stereotype it has today—boring, dull,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2012 at Capstone Connect
At Capstone we strive to represent people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds in our books. We even have our very own Capstone Photo Studio to help us achieve that goal. But there’s an added bonus. We have tons of fun each day! Many of our days are filled by... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2012 at Capstone Connect
My in-laws live on an acreage in southwestern Minnesota. Up until just a couple of years ago, a woman named Bertha lived just down the gravel road from them. I only bring her up because this month Bertha turns 104 years old. Of course she's slowed down some over the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Sir Ernest Shackleton’s expedition to the South Pole set sail from New Zealand on the Nimrod from New Zealand on January 1, 1908. And in October of that year, the trek to the Pole began. On January 9, of 1909, Shackleton planted a flag on what was then the furthest... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2012 at Capstone Connect
Happy New Year to all an sundry! Though this post will appear on Monday, January 2nd, I'm composing it on January 1st. At this point I've been home with my three-year-old for ten days, and frankly, I'm exhausted. Kudos to all of you stay-at-home parents out there. I don't know... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2012 at Capstone Connect
The Capstone offices are closed today, but we couldn't let nonfiction Monday go by without a short post. All of us here at Capstone wish you a wonderful, joyous holiday season! And in case you didn't get enough books in your stocking, check out these holiday-themed books. Happy Hanukkah, Merry... Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2011 at Capstone Connect
...a website full of new books for the Spring 2012 season! I know we’re all hustling and bustling this time of year, trying to find those last perfect gifts or desperately fighting the desire to ravage the holiday treats (or is that just me?). However, I wanted to take the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2011 at Capstone Connect
There seems to be a lot of buzz about the STEM Initiative these days. If you aren’t familiar, STEM stands for: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It comes out of President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign. Launched in 2009, this nationwide effort aims to bring American students to the top... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Cats might be an odd subject for a blog about reading. But to me, cats and books just go together. Whether perched on a bookshelf, sprawled fast asleep on a pile of books, or “helping” you read your morning newspaper, cats connect with books and reading in a way that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2011 at Capstone Connect
I hope you all had an excellent Thanksgiving! It’s one of my favorite holidays. I love catching up with my cousins who I rarely see, playing with my two beautiful nieces, seeing some old friends from home and, of course, eating the best home-cooked dinner of the year. What could... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2011 at Capstone Connect
It’s that time of year again—time to loosen your belt and find a comfy spot on the sofa. Thanksgiving is just around the corner! I always enjoy this holiday. There’s a lot to be said for sharing a nice meal with family and friends. Plus, who doesn’t love going into... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2011 at Capstone Connect
These are tough times. In every industry hard changes have been made, and more are sure to come. The field of education is no different. Budget cuts have forced every school to take a hard look at staff and resources. It's a hard road for everyone involved, and there are... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Hello from Capstone's new North Mankato location! It’s been two weeks now, and I think it’s safe to say that the Editorial and Design departments have officially settled in at the new Capstone building in North Mankato, Minnesota. The new building is fabulous. But honestly, some mornings I still wake... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2011 at Capstone Connect
BOO! Does that scare anyone any more? Did it ever? I’m guessing not. But it’s an acceptable lead in, as it is Halloween and all, so I’m going to let it ride. A couple of weeks ago, the Internet was aflutter with these photos of people being scared in a... Continue reading
Posted Oct 31, 2011 at Capstone Connect
With Halloween approaching quickly, I thought it’d be fun to share a recipe from our upcoming title A Halloween Cookbook (available in January). It's part of our series of cookbooks for young readers, First Cookbooks. Are you up for some jack-'o-lantern juice? Ingredients: • ½ cup canned pumpkin • 2... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2011 at Capstone Connect
We live in an amazing time. Readers can get content from almost any medium that suits them. Paper books, e-books, interactive books ... And really, the sales pitches for books have come a long way too. No longer will a simple summary do the trick. Readers want to be captivated... Continue reading
Posted Oct 17, 2011 at Capstone Connect
This blog entry is about a month over due. September 11 was Grandparents Day. But certain events overshadowed the annual holiday. At Capstone, we obviously value learning, and grandparents are often fonts of knowledge. So this post is better late than never. For some unknown reason, grandparents have a knack... Continue reading
Posted Oct 10, 2011 at Capstone Connect
The leaves are turning red and orange in Minnesota, an indication that fall is officially here. But there’s one thing missing in the land of 10,000 lakes this fall: pro baseball. After two years of first-round blues against the Yankees, the Twins will be riding the pine during the playoffs.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 3, 2011 at Capstone Connect
I've never quite understood the urge to ban a book. Perhaps it's because I'm skeptical by nature, and I don't believe everything I read. Perhaps it's because I'm just comfortable enough with my own point of view to read others without freaking out. One of the best things about books... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Arrr there, mateys! Today is Talk Like a Pirate Day. So go ahead and slap on the ol' eye patch, and feel free to let out a growl. While I can't offer you gold, here are treasures of a far more lasting kind. Kids of all ages will pillage and... Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Yesterday marked a somber anniversary in our nation's history. None of us who lived through 9/11 will ever forget that day. Our nation and way of life changed forever, in an instant. But what about today's students, who have only ever known life in the post-9/11 era? Whether they realize... Continue reading
Posted Sep 12, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Because of the wonders of technology, I'm not really working when this post goes out to everyone today, Labor Day. I wrote this Friday afternoon and set it to post on Monday, when the offices are empty and workers are enjoying their time off. And, well, I think that's fantastic... Continue reading
Posted Sep 5, 2011 at Capstone Connect
We’re excited to be hosting Nonfiction Monday for the second time. Special thanks to Anastasia Suen for organizing the review round up. Reviewers, please leave your post in the comments and we'll get them updated throughout the day. Check back often! Jeff Barger from NC Teacher Stuff reviews Cool Animal... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Summer, more than any other season, makes me think of traveling. There’s nothing more exciting than experiencing the sights, sounds, smells, and tastes of someplace new. Trying out a few key phrases in a new language at a restaurant or shop and attempting to understand the answer is certainly intimidating,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2011 at Capstone Connect
Fall 2011 was my first adventure into the land of illustrated books. I learned so much and enjoyed almost every minute of it (I’m sure there were some frustrating moments I’ve cleared from my memory, so I’ll say ‘almost’). During this adventure I had the pleasure of getting to work... Continue reading
Posted Aug 15, 2011 at Capstone Connect