About Judy Young

[ Mom's Choice Award ]Judy Young is an award-winning author of over twenty children's fiction, poetry and nonfiction picture books as well as her first children's novel, Promise. A frequent speaker at schools nationwide, Judy's author visits include both educational presentations and poetry writing workshop residencies for elementary and middle school students. She also conducts writing workshops for teachers for their professional development in-services and is a frequent speaker for educational organizations and professional conferences nationwide. With twenty years previous experience in the public schools, Judy has first hand experience with improving students' writing skills and her presentations and workshops are directly related to school curriculum.

When Judy was about ten years old, she showed her grandmother a poem she had written. Her grandmother encouraged her to keep writing and Judy did! Judy's children's poetry, fiction and nonfiction books are used extensively in classrooms across the country and have received numerous awards, honors and recognition. One of Judy's most exciting honors was having A Pet for Miss Wright read by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video to celebrate National Reading Month. Another cherished honor was watching as R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet was performed by the Tanner Creative Dance Program and Children's Dance Theatre of the University of Utah for their 58th annual performance. Judy says, "It brought tears to my eyes knowing my words were the creative inspiration of two other art forms: music and dance."

Judy received a BS and MA in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Tulsa and had a career in that field for 24 years, twenty of which were in the public schools. She frequently used poetry writing to help elementary school children improve their writing skills in both special language classes and in the regular classroom. Judy feels "the genre of poetry is the perfect place to teach a variety of writing conventions. Its shorter form enables students to be immediately successful, and the concepts learned during poetry writing can easily be generalized to prose." In 2001, Judy's first book, S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet, was published, and in 2004, when two more books accepted for publication on the same day, Judy left the schools to fulfill her dream of writing full time. However, she continues to have a direct impact on the education of children by speaking at schools and professional educational conferences nationwide.

Judy was born and raised in Springfield, MO, where she met her husband, Ross B. Young. Ross is a professional artist, who illustrated two of Judy's books: S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet and Show Me the Number, A Missouri Number Book. Judy and Ross lived in Tulsa, OK, for six years before moving to Wells, Maine. After eight years in Maine, they returned to Springfield, MO, where they lived for twenty-six years and raised their two children, Brett and Reid. Judy and Ross now reside in the Bear River Range near Mink Creek, Idaho. When not writing or speaking at schools and conferences, you can find Judy hiking, fishing, or gallivanting around the country in "Arlo," the Young's traveling studio.

Books, Honors and Awards

  • Promise (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015)
  • Sleepy Snoozy Cozy Coozy, A Book of Animal Beds (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015)
        2015 Creative Child Magazine Seal of Excellence Award
  • Digger and Daisy Star in a Play (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015)
  • Digger and Daisy Go to the City (Sleeping Bear Press, 2015)
  • Digger and Daisy Go to the Doctor (Sleeping Bear Press, 2014)
  • Digger and Daisy Go on a Picnic (Sleeping Bear Press, 2014)
  • Digger and Daisy Go to the Zoo (Sleeping Bear Press, 2013)
  • Tuki and Moka, A Tale of Two Tamarins (Sleeping Bear Press, 2013)
        2015 Storytelling World Honor Award for Pre-Adolescent Listeners
        2014 CBC and NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
  • Little Missouri (Sleeping Bear Press, 2012)
  • A Pet for Miss Wright (Sleeping Bear Press, 2011)
        2015 Read by LeVar Burton for Reading Rainbow Storytime Video for National Reading Month
        2013 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Finalist
        2012 Paterson Prize Honor Book
        2012 Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award Finalist
        2012 International Reading Association and Children's Book Council Child's Choice Award List
        2012 Kansas National Educational Association Reading Circle List
        2012 Louisiana Reading Association Child Choice Award Nomination
        2011 Parents' Choice Approved Book Award
  • A Book for Black-Eyed Susan (Sleeping Bear Press, 2011)
        2014 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Second Place Winner
        2012 Women Writing the West Willa Award Finalist
        2012 Storytelling World Honor Award
        2012 Kansas National Educational Association Reading Circle List
        2011 National Parenting Publications Awards Gold Winner
        2011 Society of School Librarians International Honor Award
        2011 Chicago Parents Magazine Best Book List
  • The Missouri Reader (Sleeping Bear Press, 2010)
  • The Hidden Bestiary of Marvelous, Mysterious, and (maybe even) Magical Creatures (Sleeping Bear Press, 2010)
        2011/2012 Louisiana Young Readers Choice Award Nomination
  • Minnow and Rose (Sleeping Bear Press, 2009)
        2012 New York Charlotte Award Suggested Reading List
        2011/2012 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nomination
        2010/2011 Pennsylvania Keystone to Reading Award Nomination
        2010/2011 Alabama Camillia Book Award Nomination
        2010/2011 Delaware Diamonds Book Award Nomination
        2010 Storytelling World Award Winner for Preadolescent Listeners
  • The Lucky Star (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008)
        2010/2011 Missouri Show Me Readers Award Nomination
        2009 Storytelling World Honor Award for Preadolescent Listeners
        2009 Rutgers University's EconKids Project Top-Five Book
  • H is for Hook, A Fishing Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2008)
  • Show Me the Number, A Missouri Number Book (Sleeping Bear Press, 2007)
  • Lazy Days of Summer (Sleeping Bear Press, 2007)
  • R is for Rhyme, A Poetry Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2006)
        2008 Mom's Choice Gold Award
        2008 Educator's Choice Award
        2007 58th Annual Performance by the Tanner Creative Dance Program at University of Utah
        2006 National Parenting Publications Honor Award
        2006 Missouri Writers' Guild Best Juvenile Book Award
        2006 Starred Kirkus Review
  • S is for Show Me, A Missouri Alphabet (Sleeping Bear Press, 2001)
        2008 Represented Missouri Center for the Book at the National Book Festival, Washington, DC

To receive more information concerning Judy's Books, Presentations or Workshops,
Contact Judy Young.

Judy Young
5808 E. Bear Creek Road
Preston, ID 83263

Tel. 208-252-7197
judyyoungbooks@gmail.com