Arbordale Publishing

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Arbordale Publishing
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Founded 2004
Founder Donna and Lee German
Country of origin United States
Headquarters location Mount Pleasant, SC
Publication types Books
Nonfiction topics science, math, folklore
Number of employees 10
Official website

Arbordale Publishing is an independent children's book publishing[1] company located in Mount Pleasant, SC.[2]


It was founded in 2004 by co-owners Lee and Donna German as "Sylvan Dell Publishing," named for Donna's ancestral family homestead in Wilmington, DE. In 2013, they were sued by Sylvan Learning Center over the use of the word "sylvan" in the company name.[3] Sylvan Dell means "wooded valley," and the company settled the lawsuit by changing the name to Arbordale in 2014. "Arbordale" also means wooded valley. This consistency in meaning allowed the company to keep their same logo, which represents learning leaves falling into an open book or valley.[4]


Arbordale books are aligned to Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS), as well as state education standards. Arbordale books are vetted by experts and professionals from a variety of organizations including NASA, JPL, Project Learning Tree, USFWS, Sea World, the Cherokee Nation and others.[5]

This publisher releases approximately 20 titles each year.

Notable authors[edit]


  • 2014 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books - Ferdinand Fox's First Summer and On the Move: Mass Migrations
  • 2013 Literary Classics Gold Award - Nature Recycles: How About You?
  • 2013 NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Book - Desert Baths and Gopher to the Rescue! A Volcano Recovery Story
  • 2013 Gelett Burgess Book Award - Home in the Cave and A Warm Winter Tail
  • Mom’s Choice Awards - Big Cat, Little Kitty, Astro: the Steller Sea Lion, Panda’s EarthQuake Escape, Count Down to Fall, Henry the Impatient Heron, Moose and Magpie, Ocean Hide and Seek, River Beds, and Whistling Wings


  1. ^ "Pictures Come to Life with Sylvan Dell Publishing". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  2. ^ "Sylvan Dell Publishing — Mount Pleasant Patch —". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  3. ^ "So why the name change?". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  4. ^ "Sylvan Dell Publishing is Now Arbordale Publishing - GalleyCat". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
  5. ^ "Arbordale Publishing - Home". Retrieved 2014-03-03. 
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