About ABDO

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Get to know ABDO!  ABDO is a leading educational publisher of books and digital resources for today’s libraries
and schools.  For more than 25 years, ABDO has strived to provide the best in reading and research for children
and young adults.

Having served school and public libraries since 1985, ABDO has earned a reputation as a publisher that delivers
family-friendly, education-based titles and unsurpassed customer service.  Its strong family roots were planted
in 1985 when Joseph M. Abdo, together with daughters Jill (Abdo) Hansen and Melody (Abdo) Borth, founded
the company Abdo & Daughters.

The company started small.  With just nine employees, it began by publishing a limited number of high-interest nonfiction books.  Soon, burgeoning interest prompted the company to expand both its title offerings and its employee base.  In the mid-1990s, sons Jim and Paul Abdo joined the company and ABDO Publishing Company was born.
Today, the Minnesota-based company has four distinguished divisions: ABDO Publishing Company, Spotlight,
Magic Wagon, and Abdo Digital.  With over 100 employees, ABDO Publishing Company publishes around 600 titles
per year, which are distributed through a mix of sales representatives, wholesalers, direct mail, and the Internet. 
ABDO maintains an editorial office in Edina, a suburb of Minneapolis, and a 30,000 square foot order fulfillment, customer service, and library-processing center in Mankato, MN.

ABDO is known throughout the industry for its distinct content, quality, design, ease of ordering, and customer service.  It sets the bar for highly educational, fun, exciting new product offerings.  We appreciate your business and all you do for your young patrons, and we thank you for making ABDO a part of your library.

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ABDO Publishing Company publishes pre-K–12 educational nonfiction books that contain high-quality text features, including a table of contents, a glossary, and an index, timelines, maps, diagrams, sidebars, full-color photos and captions, primary source materials, and more.  Each book is leveled using grade-appropriate language to promote reading success and is designed to be visually appealing and of high interest to children and young adult readers. ABDO Publishing Company features nine imprints in a range of grade levels and subject areas.

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Shine the spotlight on your library with Spotlight!  Spotlight features the most popular fiction in licensed library editions.  Our incredibly popular characters and series include Marvel heroes like Spider-Man and the Hulk, as well as Transformers, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Scooby-Doo, Peanuts, SpongeBob SquarePants, Dora the Explorer, the Black Lagoon series, and more. Spotlight titles are printed on the highest-quality paper with reinforced library bindings that will withstand the circulation these popular titles are sure to get in your school or library.

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Climb aboard with Magic Wagon!  Magic Wagon blends imagination and information
in award-winning picture books, chapter books, leveled readers, and graphic novels. 
World-class art, text features, and leveled text help entertain and educate young readers. 
Magic Wagon features a variety of nonfiction subject areas as well as original fiction
and classic fiction adaptations for grades pre-K to 8.

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Abdo Digital is your online source for learning!  Abdo Digital offers more than 3,500 eBooks,
70 interactive books accredited for use with SMART Boards, sports and curricular digital databases, and Go Reader audio books.  Abdo eBooks feature innovative interactivity that allows for bookmarks, table of contents and thumbnail access, “page-turning,” and more features that
provide an easy, intuitive reading experience for young readers.  Abdo Digital offers secure
hosting that allows multiple, simultaneous users and access from any location.