S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet

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Ross & Judy Young's combined belief that children comprehend intricate ideas at a very young age made it possible for them to seamlessly create "S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet." The husband and wife team elegantly synthesize text and illustration to provide a rich texture of the Show Me State. The alphabet book employs a two-tiered approach that reaches Pre-K through 6th grade students. A rhyme for each letter of the alphabet catches the attention of younger readers, while older elementary students grasp a richer understanding of the topic by reading expository information on the same page.



  • Dewey: 977.8
  • Graphics: Full-color illustrations
  • Hardcover (9781585360260): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2002, 09/17/2001
  • PDF (9781585367597): 40 pages, 11 (w) x 9 (h), © 2010, 10/15/2010
  • Hosted ebook (9781627533058): 40 pages, © 2014, 08/15/2013
  • Subject: Geography, Language Arts
  • Series: Discover America State by State


  • Suggested Interest Level: Age 6 - Age 8
  • ATOS Reading Level: 5.8
  • ATOS Interest Level: MG
  • Accelerated Reader® Quiz: 69317
  • Accelerated Reader® Points: 1.0

BISAC Subjects


  • New York State Reading Assoc. Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List--Primary Category, Short-listed, 2012
  • Teachers' Choice Award for Children's Books by Learning Magazine, Winner, 2011
  • Skipping Stones Honor Award--Nature and Ecology Books Category, Winner, 2011
  • Mom's Choice Award--Gold: Children's Picture Book Green Earth Category, Winner, 2009
  • National Best Books Award Finalist--Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Non-Fiction, Runner-up, 2009
  • Missouri Center for the Book National Book Festival Representative, Winner, 2008
  • Missouri Writers Guild Best Junvenile Book Award, Winner, 2006


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Author: Judy Young

Illustrator: Ross B. Young

The art of Ross B. Young is often associated with paintings of the world's greatest sporting dogs. He also paints wildlife and landscapes. Ross has been a professional artist since he received his Masters of Arts in Painting from the University of Tulsa in 1980. His artwork has been displayed in national and international art shows, galleries and museums. It has also been in or on the covers of many magazines and books. Ross regularly shares his expertise and his love of art with children by speaking to local elementary classrooms and judging elementary art shows. Ross and his wife, Judy, live in the country near Springfield, Missouri. They have a daughter, Brett, a son, Reid, and five dogs.