Skipping Through the ABC’s of History

Mom’s Choice Award

Illustrated by Cluster Springs Elementary Students and Don Stansberry

Excellent history at a glance and part of the Collaboration Book Program


Mom's Choice Award Winner-Gold
Outstanding Young Contributors: Illustration

Illustrated by Cluster Springs Elementary Students and Headline Books author Don Stansberry, this is a history book like no other! Incorporating Virginia Standards of Learning [SOL's], Skipping Through the ABC s of History will not only educate, it will entertain readers of all ages! A must for the home, classroom, and every library.

What People Say

Learning to write well will help you in any direction you decide to take in your life. I was lucky enough to have two dreams come true winning the Daytona 500 and creating the Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. Without proper writing skills these goals could not have been accomplished. We, as Americans, owe it to our forefathers to carry on our traditions that we cherish so much. If we do not have our next generation educated to be leaders for our country and the world, we will falter as a country. My family and I are very excited about Cluster Springs new book and we congratulate all of the students who took advantage of this wonderful opportunity --Ward Burton, Champion Daytona 500, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation

I am proud to express my support for Cluster Spring s Skipping Through the ABC's of Virginia History . This fresh, new portrait of Virginia history is the unique journey of the 2010 students of Cluster Springs. It provides a wonderful opportunity for them to build and improve writing skills, enhance creativity, and learn lessons of teamwork and perseverance. From the establishment of Jamestown in 1607, to voting for the first African American president in 2008, Virginia has a bold and diverse blend of history. I look forward to taking this historical journey through the young eyes of Cluster Springs. I commend each of you for undertaking this monumental task, and encourage every elementary school in Virginia to add Skipping Through the ABC's of Virginia History to their curriculum. --Dietra Y. Trent, Ph.D. Former Deputy Secretary of Education Commonwealth of Virginia

When I was Virginia's State Superintendent for Public Instruction and oversaw the development of the Standards of Learning, I never dreamed that they would lead students in elementary school to write a book. What a wonderfully creative way to implement the SOL's! Reading, writing, and arithmetic are still the cornerstones of a good education which is more essential today than ever before. You are the future of this county, state, and nation. I commend each one of you for your participation in this most unique and worthwhile project --Paul D. Stapleton, Superintendent Halifax County Public Schools


Year Published



Don Stansberry






8.5 x 11

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Collaboration Book Program




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About the Author

Zoom Into Books Author

International Award winning author, Don Stansberry, is a native West Virginian and an elementary school teacher. His new book, Vulture Bend, will be released in Boston at NEA, the National Education Association national conference. Don is the author Secret Blood, a multi award winning book that took top honors for best spiritual fiction at the London Book Festival. It was named a Winner at the Indie Book Awards at a reception at The Plaza in New York City during Book Expo America. He also authored two middle school books, Inky & the Missing Gold and Inky, Oglebee, & the Witches, and his children’s book–which he also illustrated, Crusty, was named a Finalist in the USA News Best Book Awards. Don has been a public school teacher since 1984 and always had an interest in writing. He was the head coach for the Parkersburg High Girls’ Basketball team for 16 years and retired from this position with four state championships.

Zoom Into Books Presentations

Coming Soon to Zoom Into Books YouTube Channel

Discussion and Reading – Secret Blood and Vulture Bend
Inky & the Missing Gold and Inky, Ogleebee & the Witches 
Children’s Book – Crusty