THE BOOKS

Here is a short list of Mike's 23 titles.

D is for Dump Truck -
A Construction Alphabet

Construction equipment has long been a favorite of little readers and D is for Dump Truck takes children on an A to Z exploration of a fun backyard construction site. With bouncy poems for each letter and a glossary in the back, this book brings the thrill of construction up close and personal.

Crossing the Deadline -
Stephen's Journey Through the Civil War

When Stephen's father passes away in 1861, he, his mother, and brother are left at the mercy of a cruel uncle. As the Civil War intensifies to the south, Stephen's brother enlists to fight for the Union. The war drags on and Stephen, an accomplished bugler, is witness to the sad consequences of slavery. The opportunity to enlist as Colonel Eli Lilly's personal bugler arises and Stephen jumps at the chance. After surviving the Battle of Sulphur Trestle in Alabama, Stephen is sent to a Confederate prison camp to await the end of the war. The trials of prison camp are severe but at war's end Stephen is set to be sent home to Indiana aboard the steamboat Sultana. However, disaster strikes and the ship catches fire and capsizes in America's largest maritime disaster. Through luck and fortitude Stephen survives, but his Civil War journey is one that will engage readers of all ages. Based on historical facts and characters, Stephan's story truly captures the essence of the era.

T is for Titanic -
A Titanic Alpahbet

In T is for Titanic, husband-and-wife writing team Michael and Debbie Shoulders sift through the stories, documents, and artifacts surrounding the famous ship, giving a you-are-there view to one of the greatest disaster stories.

V is for Volunteer -
A Tennessee Alphabet

From A to Z, you'll discover Tennessee's mountains, music, and mammals. V is for Volunteer stimulates children to learn about their state through familiar Tennessee icons like the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland. Even lifelong Tennesseans may learn something new about the Jubilee Singers and W.C. Handy. Illustrator Bruce Langton captures the beauty, natural wonder, and history of the Volunteer state through his colorful paintings. With poetry for younger children and expository text for older readers, author and Tennessee educator Mike Shoulders shares the important lessons of the Trail of Tears, Sequoyah and his alphabet, and so much more. V is for Volunteer will intrigue and charm readers and Tennesseans of all ages!

16th edition

Count on Us -
A Tennessee Number Book

From A to Z, you'll discover Tennessee's mountains, music, and mammals. V is for Volunteer stimulates children to learn about their state through familiar Tennessee icons like the Grand Ole Opry and Graceland. Even lifelong Tennesseans may learn something new about the Jubilee Singers and W.C. Handy. Illustrator Bruce Langton captures the beauty, natural wonder, and history of the Volunteer state through his colorful paintings. With poetry for younger children and expository text for older readers, author and Tennessee educator Mike Shoulders shares the important lessons of the Trail of Tears, Sequoyah and his alphabet, and so much more. V is for Volunteer will intrigue and charm readers and Tennesseans of all ages!

N is for Natural State -
An Arkansas Alphabet

Discover the unspoiled beauty of Arkansas in N is for Natural State: An Arkansas Alphabet. Acansa is the Sioux Indian name for the state we know today as Arkansas and this begins our alphabet journey. Next you'll find Blanchard Springs Cavern with its 80,000 bats and then to D is for Diamonds, and learn the Natural State is the only state that mines them. Illustrator Rick Anderson's rich and colorful images bring the beautiful vision of Arkansas to all readers.

Natural Numbers -
An Arkansas Number Book

In Natural Numbers: An Arkansas Number Book readers can step back in time and see ancient cave paintings from the last Ice Age, count the thrills as they ride the rapids of White River, or add up the many ways that milk (the state drink) does a body good.  Mike Shoulders uses number poems and explanatory text to continue his celebration of all things "natural."

M is for Magnolia -
A Mississippi Alphabet

From Mississippi's hills in the north to its southern shores, M is for Magnolia: A Mississippi Alphabet, educates as it entertains with its fascinating state facts. From bottle nose dolphin near the shore to Grenada Lake for fishing and more; gaze at Longwood, the home frozen in time and finally board the Mississippi Queen for a memorable trip down "Old Man River."

Say Daddy!

Everyone in this family is eager to share books and have the newest member's affection and attention. But all kidding aside, this family knows the bond that is created when reading aloud with someone you love.  Educator Michael Shoulders offers a gentle tale reinforcing the bonding power of a good book and the importance of developing lifelong reading skills. But what will the baby's first word be?