About Arbordale

We are a privately owned publishing company in South Carolina doing amazing things for children’s literacy. We have 99 picture books, amazing eBooks, and a focused mission of bringing science and math to children through literature. Above all, we make sure our books get kids excited about reading, but we also work hard to provide parents and educators with what they need to turn every story time into cross-curricular learning adventures.Our company represents “so much more than a picture book;” we represent a full-fledged campaign for literacy in America. For more information visit our home page: http://www.arbordalepublishing.com. And follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ArbordaleKids.

The Arbordale Publishing blog will keep you updated on all that’s happening around the Arbordale offices, from new book releases and awards won to stellar national reviews and exciting technological advances. Come back often to read entries from the Arbordale staff, as well as articles and advice from our authors and illustrators. We’re a family here, and we are working together to spread our mission and improve literacy in America. If you have question or blog suggestions, get in touch with our blog-master Heather Williams at heather@arbordalepublishing.com.

Meet the Owners

DonnaRathmellDONNA GERMAN, Editor
Like many women, Donna German wears and has worn many hats during her life: Navy wife, mother, NY Times bestselling cookbook author, children’s book author, editor and co-owner of Arbordale, stock broker, and even historic Charleston carriage driver. After her husband Lee’s retirement from the Navy, she even became Mrs. Pegasus (the name of the sailboat the family lived and travelled on for 4 ½ years). Donna’s daughters laughingly claim she raised them to be “nerds,” and she takes that as a compliment. Bedtime meant book time. Halloween meant graveyard math and candy-corn math or sight-word bingo. Christmas baking meant measuring fun with recipes. And Easter baskets meant counting and sorting the goodies. The family room walls were covered with maps at child-eye level—initially so the girls would know where in the world their daddy was. Every Navy move meant exploring and learning about a different area of our country. During their post-Navy sabbatical, the family visited 67 National Parks with the children completing 72 Jr. Ranger programs. Their sailboat was the only cruising boat with a plankton net and microscope aboard. While Lee constantly complained that she didn’t need to bring the Library of Congress along with them, she did. The boat may have sat lower in the water because of it, but everyone always had something to read! Now that Donna’s daughters are grown, she shares her passion with other families through Arbordale books.

LeeLEE GERMAN, Publisher
Lee is a new comer to the publishing world but has been hard at it since he and his wife, Donna, started Arbordale Publishing in November 2004. Their focus is high quality, illustrated children’s books with a serious educational component. They have 70 different authors and illustrators, have published 45 picture books, and are on track for an additional 12 in 2013.  Lee is a retired US Navy Commander with five overseas deployments on frigates, destroyers, and with embarked staff aboard the aircraft carrier, USS George Washington. Lee received his MBA (Finance) from the Naval Postgraduate School Monterey, was a Math Instructor at the US Naval Academy, and Division Head for Advance Concept Wargaming at the US Naval War College. Between Navy retirement and Sylvan Dell start-up, Lee, Donna, and their three daughters took a four-year, family sabbatical visiting 72 US National Parks and sailing the Caribbean aboard their sloop, Pegasus. Lee and Donna reside in Mt. Pleasant, SC.

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