Stenhouse celebrates 20 years

September 20th, 2013

Stenhouse celebrates its 20th anniversary this year and to share our festive mood, we are offering 20% off any order through the end of October. Just use code 20YEARS on the Stenhouse website or when you call/fax/e-mail your order.

Our editorial director Philippa Stratton looks back on the past 20 years in this letter:

Stenhouse turns twenty this year! Tom Seavey and I started the company just as our daughter was entering middle school. This January, Eliza had her first child, and Stenhouse is no longer a teenager.

Our first list contained six titles: two British imports and four homegrown books, all four of which are still available in print and/or electronic form.

One title, Harvey Daniels’s Literature Circles: Voice and Choice in Book Clubs and Reading Groups has had an extended life in a second edition. That first catalog was so skinny we padded it by giving every title a double spread and including a full-page extract from each book. Now we mail around two million catalogs a year.

Though they represent only one element of our marketing, catalogs remain the starting point from which many of you will find your way to our website, where you can browse the entire contents of a new book in its first season. Our publishing has expanded beyond literacy into the fields of social studies, math, and science and nature, in formats that include video, e-books, and online books. And the original twosome has become a seventeensome, supplemented by our Columbus-based warehouse and our supportive parent company, Highlights for Children.

Yet some things haven’t changed during the course of the last twenty years. Established midway between Becoming a Nation of Readers and No Child Left Behind, and now with the Common Core State Standards in the offing, we stand behind the statement we made in our first flyer: “A publisher should have a point of view that is clearly represented in its books.” We have consistently found that point of view in the wise and humane practice of our teacher-authors.

“Read. Reflect. Think about what you already know about good teaching and how it fits with new learning. Read some more. Think about the implications for your classroom. Collaborate with colleagues. Try new things and spend time defining your beliefs and aligning your practices. Once you’ve found what’s true for you, stand up for what you know is right. Live it every day, and be confident and clear about why you believe as you do. People will listen!”

– Debbie Miller, Reading with Meaning, Second Edition

Philippa Stratton
Editorial Director

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