Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 6 to 9
- Grade: 1 to 4
What is the Stanley Cup and when was it first awarded? What team has won the cup the most? And is there really a Lord Stanley and how did the cup come to carry his name? Hockey fans will find the answers to these questions and much more information in S is for the Stanley Cup: A Hockey Championship Alphabet. The Stanley Cup is the championship trophy awarded annually to the National Hockey League playoff winner and is one of the oldest and most prestigious awards in professional sports. Following the alphabet this book uses poetry and expository text to pay tribute to the Stanley Cup with topics that include Cup history and records, famous team captains, nail-biting finishes, as well as unique traditions.
About the authors
Mike lives in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, with his family. Mike writes a sports column for the Toronto Sun newspaper. Among Mike’s books are M Is For Maple: A Canadian Alphabet and H is for Horse: An Equestrian Alphabet.
Growing up with parents who were artists, Chris Lyons was always surrounded by art, music, and “creative magic.” His artistic childhood inspired him to study communication design and illustration at the University of Buffalo, where he graduated with a B. F.A. in 1981.
Lyons gained his first professional experience as an intern for iconic graphic designer Milton Glaser in New York. From there he launched a career in freelance design and illustration, working with clients such as The United States Postal Service, Petagram, The U.S. Open, TIME, Target, and The New York Times. He describes his artistic style as “idealized and optimistic, with a slightly painterly feel to it.”
Lyons loves teaching and is an adjunct professor in the Schools of Design and Industrial Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology. In his spare time, Chris shovels snow, skates on the Erie Canal, and plays pick-up basketball, which fuels his competitive spirit. Lyons lives in Rochester, NY.