San Angelo A to Z:

A Young Reader's Guide

San Angelo ISD did a wonderful job creating this video illustrating their special reading day for students.  Thanks to the San Angelo Area Foundation, every third-grade student in the school district has received a copy of the new book, “San Angelo A to Z: A Young Reader’s Guide.”  Underwritten by the Foundation and its supporters, students received their books during San Angelo Reads Day, a community initiative of the San Angelo Independent School District.

The San Angelo Area Foundation worked with author Linda Thorsen Bond to pick the topics for the A to Z story.  Foundation members said the hardest part was that there are too many things to show, not too few.  The group picked topics that showcase the history, scenery and variety that make the city so unique. It was fun to use the alphabet to pick subjects but sometimes they had to juggle the letters.  For example, they chose to use I for "International Waterlily Collection," so they could use W for “Wings” to include airplanes and drones. Some titles were naturally easy to pick, such as H for “Heritage Park.” “R is for Rodeo” is a good topic because the San Angelo Stock Show and Rodeo is one of the largest contest rodeos in the world.”

Members of the Concho Valley Photographers Club shot most of the photos featured in the book. Each photographer brought his or her special gifts to this inspired view of San Angelo. The Abilene Christian University Press editors chose photos by 27 photographers, representing everything from closeups of a chameleon’s eye to a spectacular sunset over Lake Nasworthy. Cover photo by Christine McCormick.

San Angelo A to Z is available at Cactus Book Store, Old Town Books, SAMFA, Fort Concho &

Gathering information and photos for "San Angelo A to Z" has been such fun!  Places like the Nature Center put a smile on our faces as we met the residents (and the people who love them!). Photo by Bruce R. Partain