Easy-to-read text, oversized color photos, and captivating graphics introduce young readers to the host and judges of the popular television show American Idol. Readers will learn about host Ryan Seacrest and judges Simon Cowell, Randy Jackson, and Kara DioGuardi. Each persons family background, education, and career are covered, as well as his or her experience and qualifications that led to American Idol. Also discussed is the background of American Idol, Paula Abduls work as a judge, and famous American Idol winners, such as Carrie Underwood, Kelly Clarkson, and Jennifer Hudson. The addition of host Ellen DeGeneres for the 2010 season is included as well. Features include maps, Did You Know facts, a Snapshot page with vital information, a glossary with phonetics, and an index. Buddy Books is an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.