Our Readers (also known as "primers") are modeled after the popular nineteenth-century McGuffey Readers, which were used to teach life lessons and reading skills to young children. Judy Young, the author of S is for Show Me: A Missouri Alphabet and Show Me the Number: A Missouri Number Book, pays homage to her home state in the entertaining and informative The Missouri Reader. Using colorful illustrations and a variety of writing forms, The Missouri Reader showcases the state's rich heritage and natural charms, as well as its place in American history. Poems, state symbols, and riddles engage beginning readers. Prose, biographies, and short stories challenge more advanced readers. Topics include a state pledge, early Native American culture, famous citizens, and a Reader Theater performance piece. A timeline listing major events in state history is also featured. Judy Young has written several books for Sleeping Bear Press, including R is for Rhyme: A Poetry Alphabet and The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures. Judy speaks at schools and educational conferences across the nation. She lives near Springfield, Missouri. K. L. (Kate) Darnell has illustrated all of the books in the Reader series, as well as a number of other books for Sleeping Bear Press. In addition to her work as an illustrator, Kate is an art instructor. She lives in East Lansing, Michigan.