Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Travel Guides for young readers, a great series from Arcadia Publishing

With summer vacation on the horizon and many families preparing to hit the road, kids can amuse themselves with Arcadia’s Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know series – now featuring books about 22 U.S. cities. Grownups appreciate that the books are fun and educational. Kids know what really matters is having the inside scoop. In these books, young readers will discover the sights, sounds, and spirit that define the cities and states that make up our great nation. Families can collect multiple volumes, giving kids a head start on getting to know the U.S.

Each book includes sixteen pages of entertaining facts about the city, plus 32 pages about the state. Sections like “Strange But True,” “Marvelous Monikers,” and “Dramatic Days” spotlight each city’s unique landmarks, geography, special events, and more. The handy paperbacks are perfect for popping into a backpack or tossing into the back seat, where kids can quiz each other—and their parents—on fun trivia such as:
• Which city drops a 1,250 pound acorn on New Year’s Eve? (Raleigh)
• Where can you see a 45-foot tall sculpture of a clothespin? (Philadelphia)
• In which city’s zoo are the baboons named after different types of olives? (Rochester)

Kids learn best when learning is fun, and the easy-to-read books in the Cool Stuff series by Kate Boehm Jerome are full of fun facts that kids will want to share with parents, grandparents, and caregivers. Cities profiled in the new books include Columbus, OH; Austin, San Antonio, Columbia, SC; Savannah, Jacksonville, Rochester, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Charlotte, Richmond, Boston, and Chicago. Also available are books on Atlanta, Orlando, Tampa, Buffalo, Cincinnati, Houston, Dallas, and Charleston, SC.

Kids “will find tons to celebrate about their hometowns or travel destinations, since Jerome's to-go titles are exciting and educational,” writes Creators News Service. “The literacy-promoting author makes sure to hook kids with appealing artwork that combines vivid and glossy photography with maps and bold text.”
The publisher is offering a special 20% discount for consumers who purchase the Arcadia Kids books at the Arcadia site, http://www.arcadiapublishing.com/arcadiakids. Visit the site and enter the code, "COOL" at checkout to receive the discount. Additionally, Arcadia Kids books purchased from the Arcadia site come with a money-back guarantee! 

Established in 1993, Arcadia is a leading publisher of local and regional historical books. Arcadia Publishing has more than 6,500 titles in print. Visit www.arcadiapublishing.com.

Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know
Written by Kate Boehm Jerome • Published by Arcadia Publishing
Ages 7-11 • Pages 48 • $9.95 paperback
Chicago and the State of Illinois:: Cool Stuff Every Kid Should Know (Arcadia Kids)
Columbus, OH ISBN: 9781439600870          
Austin ISBN: 9781439600993
San Antonio ISBN: 9781439600894             
Columbia, SC ISBN: 9781439600900
Savannah ISBN: 9781439600917                
Jacksonville ISBN: 9781439600887
Rochester ISBN: 9781439600931                 
Philadelphia ISBN: 9781439600948
Pittsburgh ISBN: 9781439600955                 
Raleigh ISBN: 9781439600962
Charlotte ISBN: 9781439600979                    
Richmond ISBN: 9781439600986
Boston ISBN: 9781439600993                      
Chicago ISBN: ISBN: 9781439601006

And here is a letter from Kate Boehm Jerome, the author of this series.

Setting the Stage
One summer more than 40 years ago, my parents braved a 200-mile road trip to Columbus, Ohio. Four kids in a station wagon. No air conditioning. Game on.

I sat in the back seat strategically positioned between two brothers. The conversation was predictable (“Mom! He’s touching me” punctuated by “I’m bored” and “Are we there yet?”). It did not bode well for the memorable trip my parents were hoping to create.

However, my savvy mother had a secret weapon.

Ignoring the backseat bickering, she calmly began to read from brochures she had collected about our destination. Dad played along.  So Columbus really is named after the famous explorer, eh?

Despite our best efforts to remain aloof, we soon just had to join in. (Are you kidding? I can’t believe you think the Olentangy is a type of citrus fruit!) The next few hours of temporary captivity flew by with yuks and giggles instead of tears and tantrums. My mother’s preparation had saved the day.

Exploring new places with your kids is a terrific way to jumpstart conversations! Kids love trivia and their perspectives are often hilarious and insightful. However, sometimes it’s helpful to set the stage. So it’s my hope that each book in the Cool Stuff series will help you sweep away the conversational cobwebs—and inspire new discussions. And who knows? That trip to your state capital might turn out to be the memory of a lifetime!  

Award-winning author Kate Boehm Jerome is a thirty-year veteran of educational book publishing, and her series have received multiple teachers’ choice awards. She is also an active campaigner for child and adult literacy. Learn more at www.katejerome.com.

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