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Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Celebrate Children's Book Week

Established in 1919, Children's Book Week is the longest-running literacy initiative in the country. Each year, books for young people and the joy of reading are feted for a full week with author and illustrator appearances, storytelling, parties, and other book-related events at schools, libraries, bookstores, museums, and homes from coast to coast! 

Check out the official events happening around the country, or visit the Children's Book Week website for ideas on how to celebrate with your kids, at home or in the classroom.

Make sure you take a look at the list of the 2012 Children's Choice Award Winners, including our author and illustrator Scott Campbell for his book, Zombie in Love.

If you haven't already visited our new Facebook page for the Insight Kids titles, you should head over and take a peek. There are a lot of great books for young readers coming out in the coming months from each of our imprints, Mandala Publishing and Earth Aware Editions.

Monday, May 7, 2012

National Salad Month

For people who eat meat on a regular basis, becoming a vegetarian means eating (boring) salads every day but this could not be more far from the truth.
Spiedini Primavera (Spring Vegetable Skewers)
An intriguing combination of grilled vegetables and seitan with an herb topping.
A vegetarian lifestyle and diet consists of colorful fruits and vegetables, meaty mushrooms and protein enriched lentils and beans. Creative dishes and rich flavors come together in the new cookbook, Vegeterranean: Italian Vegetarian Cooking from the recipes collected from the renowned kitchen of Umbria's celebrated Country House Montali.

Chapters on first and second courses, as well as starters, sides, breads, desserts, and even breakfast round out this comprehensive work.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Be Kind to Animals Week

We think every week should be designated as Be Kind to Animals Week, but the official event takes place from May 6 - May 12 every year.

Our books on animals are sometimes difficult to read, but for those who have seen firsthand the type of cruelty that many of these creatures face, it is important to share their stories and help spread the word on ways in which we can help to educate and inform others.

Behind the Dolphin Smile is the latest book to discuss the topic of dolphins being hunted in Japan and how attractions, such as SeaWorld have contributed to the deaths of many creatures used for entertainment. Author and activist, Ric O'Barry leads the fight to save dolphins around the world. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of his book go to Richard O'Barry's Dolphin Project of the nonprofit Earth Island Institute.

CAFO takes readers on a behind-the-scenes journey into the alarming world of animal factory farming and also offers a compelling vision for a healthier food system: one that is humane, sound for farmers and communities, and safer for both consumers and the environment. CAFO will also inform and influence the growing public movement of activists, farmers, policymakers, medical professionals, and consumers who are working to make our food healthier for ourselves, for domesticated animals, and the planet.

Following in the footsteps of celebrity advocates Jackie Chan, Michelle Yeoh, and Angelina Jolie, Black Market exposes the unsettling truth about the cruel exploitation and bureaucratic indifference surrounding the multibillion-dollar underground industry that drives wildlife exploitation.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2012

National Photo Month

Our photography books cover nature, geography, faces and places that reflect the beauty found in our daily lives and surrounding some of the most beautiful landscapes and backgrounds.

Whether you have an iphone or a professional camera, we invite you to participate in a global event that will capture images around the world on one given day. On May 15th, have your camera ready.

On this one single day we ask you to pick up your camera and help us photograph daily life. What is close to you? What matters to you? We will connect your images to images from all around the world, creating a unique online experience where photographs will be shared, compared and explored. Your view on life will be preserved to inspire generations to come.

All images will be displayed online for you and everyone to explore. Some of them will be selected for our book, A Day In the World, to be published in October 2012, others shown in digital exhibitions. Every single one will be saved for future research and inspiration. The photos will never be used for commercial purposes. They will always be treated with care and respect. Should your photo be selected to feature in a book, we will try to contact you beforehand.