Missouri Gold Booksellers Offers
Website Resource for Missouri Educators
Finding Missouri curriculum aids just got easier
For busy teachers across the state, developing their curriculum just got
easier. Missouri Gold Booksellers, a direct discount source for Missouri
curriculum aids for K-12, now offers a free comprehensive mail order catalog and
a new dynamic website to make finding the newest curriculum aids a breeze.
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"Our new comprehensive catalog and new website
have one thing in mind," said publisher Brett Dufur. "We want to make
it as easy as possible for educators to keep in touch with the many publishers
out there publishing great Missouri books and teaching aids."
Though Missouri Gold has focused on promoting itself at conferences in the
past, "We realize there are many more teachers and librarians out there who
need a good resource for Missouri-related books. We hope our new expanded
offerings make it easier for them to find what they are looking for," Dufur
Missouri Gold Booksellers, founded in 1990 by Bill Higdon of Columbia, offers
educators more than 500 Missouri related books, videos, games, audio and CD
tracks from more than 40 different publishers, such as the Missouri Department
of Conservation, the University of Missouri Press, Children’s Press, Pebble
Publishing, Aphelion Publications, and more. Missouri Gold Booksellers offers
all of these Missouri books at discount prices.
"Think of it as one-stop shopping. Our motto is: From Missouri ghosts to
Missouri government, Missouri Gold has every Missouri book you need. And I think
that’s very accurate. Many times we track down out of print Missouri books—we
just found several on Missouri government and a great hardback about the
founding of Jefferson City. What happens many times is ‘one book publishers’
move away from Missouri or focus their energies on some new endeavor. When this
happens, oftentimes educators out there don’t know how to keep ordering a book
that really works for them. We make sure we offer all of those hard-to-find
titles," Dufur said. "Let’s face it, teachers already have one of
the hardest jobs in the world. It doesn’t ever get easier. The last thing they
should have to spend their time doing is tracking down some obscure publisher
just to keep their curriculum rolling along."
Dufur said his most popular titles include the 4th grade textbook
Missouri Then & Now, published by the University of Missouri Press, and
Heritage of Missouri, published by Emden Press. Other subjects run the gamut
from books on Missouri mules to books about the Civil War, Laura Ingalls Wilder,
westward expansion, Missouri history, and "some of the most obscure topics
you can imagine. We live in a diverse state. That’s definitely reflected in
our books. We have books about the New Madrid earthquakes, the crayfishes of
Missouri, the fish of Missouri… nature and history are definitely hot topics.
Jesse James, outlaws, and the Pony Express are also hot subjects."
Dufur said that Missouri Gold Booksellers was acquired by Pebble Publishing,
Inc. after Higdon passed away. Dufur was proud to be able to "carry the
torch" and continue Higdon’s tradition of offering the best Missouri
books at the best prices. "Having Missouri Gold as a division of Pebble
Publishing, Inc. just made sense. We were already publishing great Missouri
books, and I am always on the look-out for great Missouri books, so now we can
offer our customers 500+ Missouri books, instead of just 20," Dufur said.
Pebble Publishing, Inc. publishes books on Missouri history as well as
popular guides to Missouri’s outdoors, including The Complete Katy Trail
Guidebook, Exploring Missouri Wine Country, Show Me Mountain Biking and The
Complete Guide to the Bed & Breakfasts, Guesthouses and Inns of Missouri.
Missouri Gold Bookseller’s Catalog of 500 Missouri related
books and teaching aids may be ordered for free by calling the number below.
Pebble books are available at area bookstores or by calling (573) 698-3903.
Pebble Publishing, Inc. may be reached at P.O. Box 2, Rocheport, MO 65279.
Pebble's website is www.pebblepublishing.com