Capstone Announces New PebbleGo Database at Texas Library Association Conference
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – April 14, 2015 – Capstone, a leading publisher of children’s books and digital products and services, will reveal a sneak peek of its new preK-3 database PebbleGo™ Dinosaurs this week at the Capstone booth (2141) at the Texas Library Association (TLA) annual conference in Austin.
Officially releasing in August 2015, PebbleGo Dinosaurs joins previous database modules (Animals, Biographies, Science, and Social Studies) covering content for grades PreK-3. The new database will feature articles for more than 125 dinosaurs, including Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurus rex, and Velociraptor, and the lesser known Ankylosaurus, Apatosaurus, Edmontosaurus, Gallimimus, Parasaurolophus, and Suchomimus which are spotlighted in the upcoming Jurassic World film (opening June 12).
“We’re delighted to expand our award-winning database for young learners and add PebbleGo Dinosaurs to the mix. With recent discoveries revealing most dinosaurs had feathers, PebbleGo Dinosaurs will offer schools the most economical way to keep their dinosaur collection up to date. We’re excited to give customers a sneak peek of this resource at TLA and can’t wait to hear their feedback,” said Matt Keller, Capstone Chief Marketing Officer.
PebbleGo Dinosaurswill group dinosaurs in three broad categories – beaked, bird-like, and long necks – with several easy-to-navigate subcategories for young researchers, such as armored, bird-footed, horned, and meat-eating raptors. The database will explore each dinosaur’s body, habitat, food, and behavior; compare the dinosaurs to modern day animals; and include a range map showing geographic region. Based on the most recent scientific discoveries, updated illustrations feature dinosaurs with feathers. Accompanying activities, games, a question of the day, and teacher materials will round out the learning opportunities.
Capstone is consulting with Mathew J. Wedel, a paleontologist and professor of anatomy at Western University of Health Sciences in Pomona, California, on the project. Wedel's main area of study is the long-necked sauropod dinosaurs, giants like Apatosaurus and Brachiosaurus.
All PebbleGo database modules include expertly-leveled text, fully narrated by professional voice-over artists to provide essential scaffolds for struggling readers and English language learners. PebbleGo employs a streamlined interface, animated highlighting, educational videos and games, and encompassing activities which teach students how to cite articles, create reports, and share what they’ve learned. The database is available over the Internet 24/7 as an annual subscription for enrolled students.
Capstone is a leading publisher of children’s books, digital solutions and services, literacy programs, and K–12 professional development resources. Capstone creates content in a variety of print, digital and media formats for school libraries, classrooms, and at home reading. Capstone’s business units include Capstone Library, Capstone Classroom, Capstone Young Readers, myON, and Capstone International. For more information, visit www.CapstonePub.com.