The Armarium Press Receives Mom’s Choice Award

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Mom’s Choice Award for Excellence in Family-Friendly Media, Products, and Services

Exciting news from the Canterbury Tails Books division of our indie publishing house: Learning Is Cool… It’s the First Day of School! has been honored with the prestigious Mom’s Choice Award!

“We are thrilled to have been selected from among what must be hundreds of books submitted to this program every year,” says publisher Carmen Madrid. “As Chaucer’s publisher, I know the quality and value of Learning Is Cool, but it is particularly exciting when others recognize it, too.”

Learning Is Cool… It’s the First Day of School! is the first book in the Chaucer in the Classroom series. The book format for the series combines original artwork by award-winning illustrator John Clarke of Salem, Massachusetts, and original photographs shot on location in elementary school classrooms around the country. Unlike many children’s books today, Chaucer’s high-quality case-bound books are manufactured in the U.S.A.

The Mom’s Choice Awards program is globally recognized for establishing the benchmark of excellence in family-friendly media, products, and services. The organization is based in the United States and has reviewed thousands of entries from more than 55 countries. To be considered for a Mom’s Choice Award, entrants submit five identical samples for evaluation. Evaluators, drawn from the MCA database, are bound by a strict code of ethics not only to ensure objectivity, but also to ensure that the evaluation is free from manufacturer influence. The five evaluations are submitted to the MCA Executive Committee for final review and approval. “Our aim is to introduce families and educators to best-in-class products and services,” explains Dawn Matheson, executive director of the Mom’s Choice Awards. “We have a passion to help families grow emotionally, physically, and spiritually.”

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Armarium Press Book Adopted by Northwood University Business Program

Eddy Kay’s first book in our Good News About Retailing series, Thriving in the Shadow of Giants: How to Find Success as an Independent Retailer, has been adopted as a classroom text at Northwood University starting this semester. Donna Wagner, chair of the aftermarket management program at the school’s Michigan campus, approached us earlier this year about the book’s availability, and we were happy to oblige. Thrilled, in fact, after reading about the program’s rigorous requirements and Northwood University’s philosophical commitment to producing students who understand not merely the workings of business within their chosen fields — but the advantages of the free-enterprise system and the responsibilities of individuals in a free society. Continue reading

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Can Summer Workbooks Really Prevent Vacation Brain Drain in Your Kids?

What’s happening to the carefree days of childhood? First, they took away running and dodge ball during recess. Then recess itself. And now summer vacation is under assault.

Education publishing has a new niche category: summer workbooks. These often hefty volumes promise fun activities and exciting worksheets that will help your young student make it through summer vacation without forgetting everything she learned the previous school year. Certainly summer learning loss has been studied and documented for several decades. But are one-size-fits-all workbooks the answer to the average child completely forgetting fractions, or how to read a calendar, over the summer break? Continue reading

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The Power of the Press Release – News from an Armarium Editorial Services Client

Bead Divine owner Cari Ordway shows off the front page of the Laconia Citizen featuring her store opening in downtown Laconia.When we decided to split off an arm of The Armarium Press Inc. under the name Armarium Editorial Services last year, the intention was for the new division to “do for outside clients the same kinds of things we do internally for our book projects, such as writing press releases and content for marketing materials,” as my business partner Carmen Madrid explains it. We know the thrill of seeing our own company name in print — whether in a national publication like Publisher’s Weekly or in the local newspaper that everyone in town reads — and we want to help other businesses achieve that level of exposure as well. Continue reading

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Armarium Editorial Services Completes First History Book Project


Seth Wheeler, author

Seth Wheeler, author

The smile says it all! Seth Wheeler is seen here moments after opening the first box from Puritan Press containing copies of his new book, Putting the Power in Your Hands: The First 75 Years of the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative. Production of the book was entirely a “made in New Hampshire” effort, with Armarium Editorial Services managing the ten-month project and providing the editorial and research assistance, Infusion Studio Creative Design in Alton Bay handling design and layout, and Puritan Press in Hollis printing the book. Continue reading

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