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'S' is for Shoulders

Friday, July 12, 2013

Author Michael Shoulders delivers a rap version of his popular children's book, "V is for Volunteer," for those in attendance at Wednesday's program at Argie Cooper Public Library.
(T-G Photo by Sherry Miller)
The summer reading program at Argie Cooper Library is winding down, but there was still lots of fun to be had at Wednesday's presentation at the Fly Arts Center featuring children's author Michael Shoulders.

Shoulders, a Clarksville resident, is perhaps best known for his book, "V is for Volunteer -- A Tennessee Alphabet." The author delighted Wednesday's crowd as he led them in a rap version of the book.

Shoulders has written many other alphabet and counting books for children, including the award-winning "T is for Titanic" alphabet book. Many of his books are available for check-out from the local library.

A familiar face to the school-aged children in attendance, Shoulders visits schools across the United States and Europe, conducts inservice training for teachers on literacy issues and discipline, and continues to write.

His latest effort is a board book that is suitable for ages one through four entitled, "Little Tennessee." Rhyming riddles lead readers to guess the identity of many things associated with Tennessee.

Two-and-a-half-year-old Sam Burtram and author Michael Shoulders put on their best smiles for Mom's camera, which is just outside the photographer's camera range.
(T-G Photo by Sherry Miller)
His book, "Count on Us," has at least two references that local readers can appreciate:

"Three Tennessee walking horses, stepping straight and proud, a blue ribbon for the champion, as cheers ring from the crowd," reads the page designating the number 3.

For the number 80, Shoulders penned, "80 colorful writing pencils, sharp and looking pretty, millions of pencils are made each day, in Shelbyville, `The Pencil City'."

Prior to Shoulders' presentation, children's librarian Jessica Osborne revealed that over 6,000 books have been read so far this summer, with only a few days left for children to earn prizes for their efforts.

She reminded readers, parents and teachers that Monday at 7:45 p.m. is the absolute deadline for logging books that youngsters have read. Results will be tabulated and the top readers will be announced at next Wednesday's program finale.

Audience members young and old were mesmerized by Shoulders' presentation about his books and his work.
(T-G Photo by Sherry Miller)
"The top boy and girl get to throw a pie in Miss Jessica's face," which is a popular incentive, Osborne said.

A special challenge was issued to the boys, as Osborne announced that the girls are presently in the lead for number of books read.

Program participants will celebrate the last day of summer reading with a carnival on Wednesday as well, complete with a rock climbing wall, face painting and more.