Young Palmetto Books

Grow and Cook for Life

The harvest keeps rolling in, and so does press recognition for books in the Young Palmetto Books series! Patricia Moore-Pastides’ Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, one of YPB’s debut books that came out at the beginning of the summer, is gaining more and more coverage and has just been featured in Sumter’s The Item.

Why is the second book from USC’s First Lady making so many headlines? Well, if you’ve ever tried any of Patricia’s recipes, you’ll know that they win hands-down in terms of deliciousness and easiness to prepare. But it’s also about the story and the mission behind the book. As Ivy Moore pointed out in her article, “Patricia Moore-Pastides doesn’t just worry about the health of Americans, she’s doing something about it.”

Grow your own veggies and cook them

Greek Revival from the Garden teaches you not only how to cook following The Mediterranean Diet (TMD), a healthy way of eating that has proven its benefits time and time again, but also how to incorporate it easily into your daily life, especially if you are a young adult or novice cook. In her conversational and immediately familiar voice, Patricia introduces beginners to the joys and ease of growing healthful foods and using them in your daily meals. She also explains how the food choices you make affect your body and shows how TMD choices cut down on “bad” fats and carbs and boost your intake of fresh veggies and fruits, beans and nuts, whole grains, good fats, and plant-based sources of protein.  It’s a great book to get your started on a better, tastier lifestyle.

Read the full article here, and check out sample recipes from Patricia’s site.

Sharing Katie’s Cabbage

Most people know that here at YPB we publish stories for the young people of South Carolina, but you might be surprised to hear that we also publish stories by the young people of South Carolina. And they sure have some stories to tell!

One upcoming story that we’re looking forward to is Katie’s Cabbage. Written by the heroine herself, Katie Stagliano, with Michelle Martin, USC’s Augusta Baker Chair in Childhood Literacy, this book follows 3rd grade Katie as she grows a cabbage of massive proportions and figures out what to do with it. She decides to donate the giant vegetable to a local soup kitchen, where it feeds families for days. This one simple act planted the seed for something even bigger: Katie’s Krops.

After seeing the good achieved by planting and growing healthful food and giving it to those in need, Katie wanted to do more. With the help of other non-profits, her kindergarten, and he family, Katie created Katie’s Krops, a non-profit dedicated to helping kids grow community gardens to donate fruits and vegetables to soup kitchens and shelters. The organization gives grants to kids to start their community gardens and provides gardening and giving advice and assistance. Last year, Katie was honored with the Clinton Global Citizen Award, and she’s been featured in Elegant Living and People Magazines. She continues to grow her now multiple gardens to help families in need.

We can’t wait to help Katie tell her story. Katie’s Cabbage can serve as true inspiration for our other South Carolina youngsters (and the rest of us!) and shows that small actions can help make our communities better.

Greek Revival on the Television

Mrs. Patricia Moore-Pastides is at it again, sharing a delicious recipe with WLTX viewers around the Midlands. The recipe is from her latest book, Greek Revival from the Garden, which comes out with Young Palmetto Books this month. Have a watch for some good tips for healthy famly cooking!

First, You Explore

You know that feeling that every child has when they discover something new, something exciting, for the first time? It could be a bright yellow caterpillar crawling up the deck rail, or a connect-the-dots in the night sky. We don’t have to lose this sense of wonder as we get older, but we have to encourage it and let it blossom. That’s why we’re so excited here at Young Palmetto Books about one of the forthcoming books in our series: First, You Explore.

First, You Explore is a reprint of Rachel Haynie’s children’s picture book about the young Charles Townes. Townes invented the MASER and developed the principles of the subsequent LASER as we know it, eventually winning the Nobel Prize for his work. His passion for science all got started in the lush outdoors of the South Carolina Upstate. First, You Explore illustrates young Charlie’s exploration of the natural world and shows how he and his family nurtured that fascination so it stayed with him as he grew up. It’s a wonderful book that teaches about the inner explorer in all of us and reminds us of the wonder and beauty in the world surrounding us.

We’re also really excited because First, You Explore, appearing this fall, will come out just in time for the SC State Museum’s much anticipated Windows to New Worlds. Due to open in 2014, this new facility will include an on-site and online observatory and classroom, 55-foot digital planetarium dome and theater, 4D multisensory theater, plus an outdoor telescope viewing terrace and distance learning studio. It’s going to be a great opportunity for people around the state to feed their fascination and will help them explore this world and new ones.

Hitting the Airwaves

Next Wednesday, June 5, we’ll be spreading the word about Young Palmetto Books all across South Carolina’s airwaves. Series Editor Kim Shealy Jeffcoat will join Mike Switzer for an interview on the South Carolina Business Review, a program from SC ETV Radio that airs on 8 public radios across the state at 7:52am weekday mornings.

Kim will talk about how YPB got started and send out a call to all writers and illustrators in SC that we’re open for submissions. With over 20,000 listeners across the state, we hope we’ll catch some talent.

Tune into your local ETV Radio station on June 5th at 7:52 in the morning while you’re in the shower or on the way to work. Here’s the list of stations:

South Carolina Educational Television
WRJA-FM 88.1     Sumter
WNSC-FM 88.9     Rock Hill
WLJK-FM 89.1      Aiken
WJWJ-FM 89.9     Beaufort
WHMC-FM 90.1   Conway
WSCI-FM 89.3      Charleston
WEPR-FM 90.1     Greenville
WLTR-FM 91.3     Columbia

If you’re out of the state, listen live online here, or if you happen to miss the show, the podcast will be available here.

Double Trouble

Jonathan Haupt and Kim Jeffcoat proudly gracing the cover of InterCom.

Jonathan Haupt and Kim Jeffcoat proudly gracing the cover of InterCom.

Young Palmetto Books found itself featured not only once but TWICE in the Spring 2013’s issue of InterCom. InterCom, the bi-annual publication of USC’s College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, gets the word out to alumni and donors about all the great things that are happening at USC, and we’re honored to have made the cut twice in one issue.

In the first article, Jonathan Haupt and Kim Jeffcoat teamed up to give InterCom a good look into the why and how behind Young Palmetto Books. Kim discussed the large gap in good children’s literature relating to South Carolina and by authors and illustrators with ties to the state. Jonathan shared one of the longer term goals of the initiative: “To share South Carolina’s history and culture with younger groups of readers and get them excited at an early age, so that they continue to be interested and invested in those topics as adults.”

Our second appearance gives a peak into an exciting book forthcoming from YPB: AIDS in the Endzone. USC researchers Dr. Karen Gavigan and Dr. Kendra Albright and South Carolina artist Sarah Petrulis are creating this graphic novel in collaboration with a group of young men from the SC Department of Juvenile Justice. Drawing on the insight and brainstorming of the team from DJJ as well as their own experience in HIV education, the authors and illustrator believe this novel will make a significant impact against HIV transmission among teens. “If you look at the research, we have every reason to believe it will work,” Dr. Albright told InterCom. We believe it will work too, so that’s why YPB has secured it under advance contract.

The researches and artist

The researchers and artist.

For more information, check out the full articles here and see another write-up on AIDS in the Endzone here.

Young Palmetto Books on National TV!

This weekend, Young Palmetto Books reached book-lovers across the nation! C-SPAN’s BookTV featured the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy (SCCCBL) and Young Palmetto Books on Sunday, May 19, during its program on Columbia, SC.

SCCCBL Executive Director and YPB Series Editor Kim Jeffcoat met with BookTV at our location in downtown Columbia to discuss SCCCB’s literacy outreach work and the mission of Young Palmetto Books. Kim pointed out that we’re setting a precedent for the nation here in South Carolina, because no other university press has a children’s book imprint or gives special attention to publishing children’s material.

YPB Series Editor Kim Jeffcoat talks about the great books coming out with YPB and the exciting things happening in South Carolina.

YPB Series Editor Kim Jeffcoat talks about the great books coming out with YPB and the exciting things happening in South Carolina.

The future for both YPB and SCCCBL is exciting. Kim gave BookTV’s viewers a hint about what’s to come as we begin to integrate technology into SCCCBL’s literacy outreach program. It will be a perfect match for the tech side of what we’re doing with Young Palmetto Books, publishing e-book versions of every title in our series.

For a full inside look at SCCCBL and YPB, check out the full clip here and let us know what you think!

Getting ready for take-off @ the SC Book Festival!

Young Palmetto Books

This weekend is the South Carolina Book Festival at the Convention Center in downtown Columbia, and Young Palmetto Books will be there to launch our series with a bang and showcase our first two books — Greek Revival from the Garden by Patricia Moore-Pastides and Fragments of the Ark by Louise Meriwether. This will be the first opportunity for you to see, touch, and buy our books in person (although you can order Fragments of the Ark here and Greek Revival here). Come join us for the bookilicious festivities!

Ms. Moore-Pastides will join us to feature Greek Revival from the Garden in a special presentation at 12:40, Saturday May 18th, in the Lexington Meeting Room at the Convention Center. We’ll be selling this great family gardening and cookbook along with sharing a couple tasty recipes and gardening tips just in time for summer.

Check out the full schedule for the Festival and make sure  you stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall between events!

Greek Revival from the Farmers Market

If you live around the Midlands of South Carolina, you might be as frustrated as we are about the wintery weather that has its grips on the area. Spring is here, they tell us, but we still need a sweater, umbrella, and rainboots to step out the door!

The bright side? All the cool-season veggies still in the ground are happy, meaning you’re sure to find cabbage, kale, chard, and others filling the farmers markets stalls this weekend. Get out of the grocery store and head to your local farmers market to stock up on these goodies and try some delicious sample recipes from Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life by Patricia Moore-Pastides. Yummy and healthy dishes, like Cabbage, Walnut, and Cranberry Salad, and Oven-baked Kale Chips with Sesame Seeds, are easy for the whole family to get involved, and they’ll all love them!

Looking forward to the return of the sun? Luscious summer veggies like tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers, and eggplant are just around the corner, and Patricia has a ton of recipes in Greek Revival from the Garden to help you make the most of them. Go ahead and pre-order your copy today to save a little money and be prepared for the summer with a bumper crop of mouthwatering meals.

Robert Smalls at the Press

Robert Smalls is not a familiar name to many, but it should be. Growing up a slave in Beaufort, SC, and being hired out to work in Charleston (with most of his wages collected by his master), he resented slavery and tried to buy freedom for himself and his wife. Unable to save enough to free his family and seeing an opportunity to fight against slavery,  Robert organized several other blacks to hijack a Confederate ship and sail to the North with their families. When they reached the Union blockade, Robert surrendered the ship, joined the Union navy, and became a free man.

Eventually, he returned to Beaufort and actively dove into community reform and development to turn around the lives of the newly freed blacks. In 1868, he was elected to the SC Constitutional Convention to revise the state constitution and worked to create the state public school system and protect the rights of African Americans. He served in the SC Legislature for 20 years and then five terms in the US Congress before moving full-time back to Beaufort to stay involved in civil rights at home.

Robert’s life and achievements offer a powerful lesson about our past and our present. They teach about persevering, taking risks for what you believe in, and returning to your community to improve it and the lives of others. In Fragments of the Ark, Louise Meriwether takes the adventures and morals from Robert’s life and reshapes them into the fictional account of Peter Mango, a man going through much of the same circumstances and actions as Robert. The novel paints an accurate history of the South during and after the Civil War, and Mango is an inspiring hero bringing the people of the Civil War and Reconstruction to life for young adults.

We’re honored here at Young Palmetto Books to have the opportunity to publish the reprint of Fragments of the Ark and expand its reach across the state and beyond. Among other praise the book has received, Maya Angelou lauds the novel:

Fragments of the Ark“Incredibly moving…. Fragments of the Ark explains why the Civil War remains positioned in the American psyche as bitter race memory. In Louise Meriwether’s capable writing hands, the conflict becomes as real as the odor of freshly spilled blood, and the suffocating presence of gunpowder in the air.”—Maya Angelou

We’re also excited to announce that coming soon from YPB is a children’s picture-book, The Freedom Ship of Robert Smalls, in which Louise Meriwether returns to the subject of Robert Smalls but with a younger audience in mind. The book will feature illustrations by South Carolina’s beloved Jonathan Green, whose work has garnered national and international acclaim.

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