Wednesday, July 26, 2017

New Book News: About Habitats Seashores

About Habitats is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with About Habitats: Seashores! Get ready to feel the sand between your toes in the newest installment of Cathryn and John Sill’s award-winning nonfiction series.

Very young readers will learn about the fascinating ecology of where the ocean meets the land through simple, descriptive language and beautiful, accurate illustrations as they explore the varying coastlines all around the world. Some are rocky, some are muddy, and some are sandy. The special characteristics of seashores and the enchanting wildlife that live there will spark the interest of young scientists, encouraging them to take care of this increasingly threatened habitat.

An afterword, glossary, and list of resources provide more details about each of the illustrations, including how sand is created, why there are high and low tides, and why certain animals thrive in this particular environment. Teachers can use the precise and comprehensive back matter to assist with instruction for younger readers, and older children can help themselves to a plethora of fascinating knowledge and expand their nature vocabulary. There is also a teacher's guide available for the whole About Habitats series, and be sure to check out all the titles in the About Habitats series as well as the About series. 

 “The beautifully designed layout and succinct text combine with the back matter to offer very accessible nonfiction reading for the very young as well as early grade students.” —Kirkus Reviews

“With reliable information and attractive illustrations, this volume is a useful addition to a series celebrating its tenth year.”Booklist

Don't forget to enter our GoodReads giveaway for a chance to win an early copy of the book! 

Look for About Habitats: Seashores on August 1st at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Giveaway: About Habitats Seashores

A whole slew of new and wonderful books are on the horizon (check out our full Fall 2017 list) which means it's time for some giveaways. The first giveaway of the season is the gorgeous picture book About Habitats: Seashores from the award-winning author-illustrator duo Cathryn Sill and John Sill

About Habitats: Seashores is the eighth book in the About Habitats Series, marking ten years since the first title in the series came out! With simple, easy-to-understand language, this beginner's guide explores the major attributes of seashores and showcases their remarkable diversity using examples from around the globe. Learn more about these titles in the series Teacher's Guide.

Enter for your chance to win a copy in our GoodReads Giveaway! The giveaway will last one week, so make sure you enter soon!

Goodreads Book Giveaway

About Habitats by Cathryn P Sill

About Habitats

by Cathryn P Sill

Giveaway ends July 28, 2017.
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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

New Book News: Stanley's Numbers and Stanley's Opposites

Stanley has new adventures to share in the third and fourth installments of William Bee’s early concepts board book series: Stanley’s Numbers and Stanley’s Opposites.

In Stanley’s Numbers, Stanley and Little Woo plan a picnic party! Kids can count with Stanley as he and Little Woo work together by carrying the right amount of snacks, desserts, picnic supplies, party favors, and decorations to prepare for a perfect picnic party. They only need two cakes, but are six balloons enough? Stanley and Little Woo’s counting and hard work pay off when they can sit and celebrate a lively afternoon with friends.

Stanley fans can also learn about opposites in Stanley’s Opposites as they spend an action-packed day with their favorite hamster!  Kids begin the day with Stanley as he and Little Woo go on exciting adventures. The two friends learn about opposites as they play with motorcycles, canoes, trampolines, and more, showing the differences between concepts such as light and dark, in and out, and high and low. As the day comes to an end, young readers will recognize Stanley’s bedtime routine.

“Kids will be asking for these by name.” —School Library Journal 

Big news: Stanley has a new fan page! Get the inside scoop on all things Stanley with information on each book in the series and activity sheets to continue the fun, and sign up for the newsletter to keep up with the latest news for the hardest working hamster in the book business.

Look for these titles on August 1st at your local libraryindie bookstore, or Barnes & Noble.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Katie McManus

It's our last Employee Spotlight of the summer! This week, we're excited to introduce Kate McManus, our Advertising and Marketing Manger. She's answered a few questions so that everyone can get to know her a little better.

Tell us about your history with Peachtree.

I started in magazine publishing in 1991. I was hired in my hometown of Norwalk, CT as an editorial associate at Teaching K-8 Magazine (a subsidiary of Highlights for Children). During my 17 years at Teaching K-8, I was promoted to Production Manager, Operations Manager and Associate Publisher. I had some really great role models. My bosses had been in publishing for many, many years and I learned a great deal from their experience and wisdom.

In 2003, my husband was relocated to GA with his company, so we packed our bags (and our 2-year-old twin boys) and started a new chapter of our lives in the south. I continued to work for Teaching K-8 from my home in Atlanta until the magazine closed its doors in 2008. Peachtree was one of our advertisers in the magazine and the Atlanta sales rep suggested I send my resume to Peachtree. Margaret Quinlin contacted me soon after that to see if I would be interested in joining the peaches on a consulting basis.

I started off reorganizing mailing lists, handling catalog distribution and managing our advertising and marketing process. Over the years, I have taken on more job functions from maintaining and distributing metadata to being part of the production team.

What are your top three favorite books, any genre?

Blueberries for Sal – Robert McCloskey (My Nana and I used to walk to the local library together and this was one of my favorites that she and I would read together.)

Lone Survivor – Marcus Luttrell

A Time to Kill – John Grisham

Who is your hero or role model and why?

I’ve got quite a few heroes/role models. As I mentioned earlier, I learned so much from my bosses at Teaching K-8 Magazine. Allen Raymond and Patricia Broderick taught me about publishing, the importance of always acting in a professional manner, and they shared such a wealth of their knowledge with me. I had a similar experience before I started working there. Throughout high school and college, I worked at a local family-owned deli. The owner was an older gentleman named Henry Millett aka “Pop.” Pop taught me to be responsible, the importance of having a strong work ethic, the customer is always right, and everything you could possibly want to know about making a perfect soup from scratch or the best-tasting sandwich! These role models were all senior citizens and I have a ton of respect for them and everything they shared with me. They definitely had a huge hand in shaping the person I am today. I am forever grateful for their encouragement and support.

What is your favorite thing about working at Peachtree?

The cats! Just kidding. I’m not a big fan of cats. I actually enjoy being involved in almost every aspect of producing a book from start to finish. It’s an amazing process. Earlier in my career, I enjoyed putting the components of a magazine together and seeing the final results every month. At Peachtree, we’re juggling multiple titles at once and I just love seeing a whole season of books come together after a lot of hard work.

In your position, what do you consider to be your secret weapon?

Prioritizing and staying organized!

Do you have any big interests or hobbies that you focus on outside of work?

Right now I’m just trying to work and raise 16-year-old twin boys. They eat a ton, so just buying groceries and cooking meals keeps me busy. I also enjoy walking and exercising when I can fit it in.

If, in an alternate reality, you were to have gone a completely different career route, what would you have done?

Court reporter or radio dj – no joke!

For more behind the scenes interviews, check out the Employee Spotlight with Sherry, our Accounting Manager!

Feel free to write any questions or comments for Katie below!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Employee Spotlight: Sherry Karter

This week's Employee Spotlight is with Sherry Karter, our Accounting Manager! She's answered a few questions so that everyone can get to know her a little better.

Tell us about your history with Peachtree.

I got started with Peachtree when I was the assistant to the Comptroller of a software engineering firm in 2007 who was working with Peachtree to implement their new sales order processing system. I was interested in making a change as my job was being phased out as the result of a merger. About the same time, Peachtree’s long time Accounting Manager had decided to leave to pursue other interests. So you might say the stars were aligned so that I was able to come to Peachtree with my first task to complete the new software setup and then transition to take over the position.

I’ve been working at Peachtree for over 10 years now. My job is to handle the usual accounting duties that are common to all companies but new things have been added to my job description over the years. Many of our customers have been moving to new technical systems and software that ties directly into what I do as Accounting Manager so I’ve had to dive head first into implementing new programs and procedures. I’ve always been in a position of office manager/bookkeeper with small companies for all of my career.

What are your top three favorite books, any genre?

That’s an impossible question for me as you could probably throw out any number of titles or authors that would be on my favorites list. I will say, though, that I’m a Stephen King junkie so any title of his always works for me. I also love murder mysteries/detective stories and anything with vampires, witches, werewolves and other such delightful creatures!

If you could be a literary character for a day, who would you be?

Scout Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird so I could spend a day with Atticus.

Who is your hero or role model and why?

My wonderful husband, Harry. He is the kindest and most thoughtful and generous person I have ever known. After decades of marriage, his greatest quality has always been the ability to make me laugh even in the most difficult times.

What is your favorite thing about working at Peachtree?

Seeing new titles when they come in is always wonderful but I would have to say my favorite thing about Peachtree is my coworkers! We have a great team here and we work very hard, but we find time to have fun too. We have a dozen or more staff members who are big fans of Game of Thrones so a few years ago we established our GoT weekly lunch so we can all get together and discuss the latest episodes and theories of what’s to come. We have our favorite characters and some of us have house banners hanging in our offices. I was dubbed the “Master of Coin” for obvious reasons.

In your position, what do you consider to be your secret weapon?

I think everyone here including me would say multi-tasking as we are all master jugglers in each of our positions. But for me personally, I’d say diplomacy is probably my secret weapon as I interact with people from every aspect of this business. My grandmother taught me long ago, “you catch more flies with honey than vinegar” and she was right. And I called her Honey!

Do you have any big interests or hobbies that you focus on outside of work?

Reading is my hobby. Everyone in my house knows that when I have settled into my reading spot, do not even attempt to talk to me or you will talk to the hand.

If, in an alternate reality, you were to have gone a completely different career route, what would you have done?

I love music as much as reading, so probably something in that field. In that alternate reality I would have been a much better piano and guitar player than I actually am.

For more behind the scenes interviews, check out the Employee Spotlight with our Warehouse Manager!

Feel free to write any questions or comments for Sherry below!