Young Palmetto Books

Ron Rash Comes to Young Palmetto Books

by Brie White

Ron Rash is a New York Times best-selling author who’s newest children’s book, The Shark’s Tooth, is being published by Young Palmetto Books. The story tells of a young girl’s kinship with the ocean and her connection to the sea disappearing when she ages and moves away. When she returns to the beach house as an adult, she is convinced that the magic she believed in was just her childhood innocence, until she receives a reminder from where it all started.

Ron Rash’s novel Serena is currently being turned into a movie starring Jenifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. He’s written six novels in total, along with five collections of short stories and four collections of poetry. A professor at Western Carolina University, Rash is the recipient of the O Henry Prize, the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award, the Sherwood Anderson Prize, and the James Still Award of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is also the two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Prize.

The Shark’s Tooth, filled with beautiful illustrations by Cecile L. K. Martin, is due out this Spring, in time for the South Carolina Book Festival!

An Intern’s Perpective

by Brie White

As a Wofford student, the month of January offers me the unique opportunity to intensify one area of study with an interim project and now, in my last week, I know that interning here at SCCCBL (The South Carolina Center of Children’s Books and Literacy is the home of Young Palmetto Books and it’s series editor, Kim Shealy Jeffcoat.) was the perfect choice.

When I was looking for an internship for this interim, I’ll be honest, I didn’t know that SCCCBL existed, and I hadn’t heard of Young Palmetto Books. By happenstance, I was pointed in the right direction and got in touch with Kim, who as a Wofford graduate knew what I needed in an interim. From my first day, I was quickly submerged in the world that is SCCCBL and all it’s derivatives. For example, Cocky’s Reading Express, a literacy outreach program housed and supported by SCCCBL is hugely influential in ways I had no idea of. I had the privilege of attending a trip to Calhoun County, and I got to see two elementary school’s relationships with the program. Children light up at the sight of Cocky, and Cocky encouraging their reading is hugely beneficial. I learned that placing emphasis on literacy and acknowledging its importance makes a difference.

Through my work here at the center, with Young Palmetto Books, I have learned so much about how all-encompassing publishing is. I assumed it was a complicated process, but honestly didn’t know the half of it. Last Thursday, January 22, I had the opportunity to sit on a meeting held for the Series Editorial Board. This further added to my perspective of not only what it takes to bring a manuscript into a published piece of literature, but also of how a series, such as Young Palmetto Books, takes multiple submissions through the process at the same time. The process is not a short one, that’s for sure. Each book that is coming out of this series has been nurtured, selected and groomed to become a contribution that fulfills all the requirements of the collection, and appeals to audiences of different viewpoints.

On this last week of my internship, as I’m savoring the last of this experience, my reflections can be summed up fairly easily: 2015 is going to be a tremendous year for Young Palmetto Books, SCCCBL, and Cocky’s Reading Express, and I’m grateful to be a part of it.

Support “One Book, One Community” 2015

by Brie White

“One Book, One Community” is an annual reading initiative that encourages people in the same geographic location (the City of Columbia, Richland County and the Midlands) to read the same book at the same time, promoting literacy and our community all at once.

This year the book selected for 2015 is On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. The University of South Carolina Press published Smith’s collection of short stories, Cakewalk. The “One Book, One Community” website explains On Agate Hill as a novel that “evokes the South in Reconstruction from an honest female perspective”, calling it an “extremely exuberant” and “episodic story of Molly Petree, an open-hearted and headstrong young Southern woman”.

Participating is easy! You can pickup a copy from any Richland County Public library, download a copy, or buy a version at a local bookstore. There are a number of events sponsored by places such as the City of Columbia, Richland County, Jasper Magazine, and USC Press, so pick one or all and attend. Tickets are free but registration is required.

Young Palmetto Books hopes to see you there supporting such a wonderful local initiative!


The “One Book, One Community”


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To download a copy of One Agate Hill:


The list of events associated with “One Book, One Community”:



First, You Explore – Filled with South Carolina Connections

by Brie White

First, You Explore by Rachel Haynie is a beautifully produced story of discovery. The feeling of finding out about something for the first time and where that moment can take you is exemplified through Charles Townes. Townes, who invented the laser, is depicted in his childhood, exploring the natural world and all it had to offer. His family fed his curiosity, and the story in turn encourages its readers to nurture their inner explorer.

Young Palmetto Books has used First, You Explore as a teaching tool, giving it out to students around our state through Cocky’s Reading Express. First, You Explore offers a biographical perspective on an important South Carolinian, emphasizing to readers that learning is a lifelong journey. Richland County School District One has named First, You Explore the book for third graders in their “Together We Can Read” Initiative.

With so many ties to South Carolina, it also important to highlight the exhibits at the South Carolina State Museum, where Charles Townes’ family and invention are highlighted. The planetarium is an experience encompassing a 55 digital dome, where lasers are set to music such as the Beatles, Pink Floyd and U2. There are currently 3 shows: Earth, Moon and Sun, Back to the Moon for Good, and Two Small Pieces of Glass, with different times and dates to suit your schedule. This is the perfect activity for a family and for readers of First, You Explore!

For more information on the planetarium, or to purchase tickets:

To learn more about the “Together We Can Read” Initiative, visit Richland County School District One’s website:

To learn more about Cocky’s Reading Express, a literacy outreach program associated with the University of South Carolina and the South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy:

Baby, It’s Cold Outside (and we’re hungry!)

by Brie White



These icy temperatures are brutal for both born and raised, as well as adopted, South Carolinians. With the cooler climate comes the desire for warm, comfort food and Patricia Moore- Pastides, USC’s first lady, provides many options in her Young Palmetto Books published, Greek Revival: From The Garden, Growing and Cooking for Life.

The cookbook, an add-on to her original Greek Revival, Cooking For Life, is all-encompassing, taking young readers and their families on a food filled journey that starts in the garden. The book includes explanation behind the TMD (the traditional Mediterranean diet), instructional information about the art of gardening and how to produce a successful garden year round, and a selection of recipes created from vegetables that the reader has been taught how to grow.

Recipes that are targeted for the colder months include: Chunky Savory Tomato Sauce (for pasta or pizza!) from the tomato section. Kale Soup with Butter Beans categorized under beans, and under winter squashes, soup such as the Curried Butternut-Squash and Apple are also winter staples. Fisherman’s Vegetable Stew highlights both the perfect warm meal and the TMD’s vast use of fish and other seafood.

Which recipes from Greek Revival: From the Garden are you eager to try?

Never Too Soon – 2015 SC Book Festival

by Brie White

Mark your calendars! The 2015 South Carolina Book Festival is scheduled for May 15th-17th, which is just around the corner. Taking place at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, this year’s festival, following last year’s record-breaking attendance, is sure to impress.

The festival includes opportunities to listen to author presentations, visit exhibitors and author book signings, and participate in writing workshops. The SC Book Festival also has programming for children and panel discussion for adults by authors and publishers of children’s books.

Attendees include many distinguished authors, such as, Ron Rash, who’s children’s book, Shark’s Tooth, being published as a part of Young Palmetto Books, is due out this spring.

It’s never too soon to set aside some time to make it down to the Festival. Saturday and Sunday events are free and open to the public; however, if you’re interested in participating in a writing workshop or the orientation event on Friday, be sure to register.


For registration and additional information, the SC Book Festival website:

Katie’s Cabbage – Continued News Exposure

by Brie White

The Young Palmetto Book Series, of the USC Press, has been extremely busy welcoming their newest book, Katie’s Cabbage, to the collection. Described as, “the charming story of one girl’s ambitious dream to end hunger, beginning with her cabbage farm”, Katie’s Cabbage, is influential and insightful, encouraging those of all ages and resources to make a difference in the issue of world hunger. Because of these qualities, the releases of Katie’s Cabbage, as well as the events following, have provided significant positive recognition for Katie Stagliano, the now 16-year-old author, and the contributors to the book’s publication.

Coverage of Katie’s story includes NBC Nightly News, where Katie’s goal of having 500 gardens in all 50 states is highlighted. This goal was created following the creation of Katie’s Krops, Stagliano’s nonprofit organization, which has, so far, started 80 gardens in 29 states. Katie’s Cabbage tells the story of the lone cabbage seedling that started Katie’s philanthropic journey – one that has been recognized for fighting hunger and agricultural ingenuity by Katie’s received Clinton Global Citizen Award.

Also acknowledging the publication of Katie’s book is AndNowUKnow’s Produce Industry News, sighting Katie’s sponsorships from organizations such BiLo, and quoting Kim Shealy Jeffcoat, editor of Young Palmetto Books, in support of the contribution that Katie’s Cabbage makes to the series as a whole.

In a recent interview with The Post and Courier, Katie says the book is centered on her desire to inspire other children, “I hope that by sharing my story, it will show how small actions can lead to big dreams and have a huge impact.” The publication of Katie’s Cabbage will surely do so.

Young Palmetto Book’s focus on educational, South Carolina based children and young adult literature has made for a collection in which Katie’s Cabbage fits perfectly. With so much positive press upon Katie’s Cabbage release, as exemplified here, the book’s continued success is certain.

Rachel Haynie will be the featured at November 13th’s Speaker @ the Center

by Zack Frazier

First, You Explore

We were inspired by Rachel Haynie’s biography of a young Charles Townes. We’re glad that her work chronically the early beginnings of Dr. Charles Townes, the inventor of the laser,  also spoke to the good folks across the street at the South Carolina State Library. They have invited Rachel Haynie to speak about her work on November 13th, from Noon to 1:00PM. The series is FREE and open to the public. It’s ok to bring your lunch.

If you have a copy of First, You Explore: The Story of Young Charles Townes she will be signing books after her reading. If you haven’t purchased a copy yet, this is your opportunity to see what all the buzz is about.

South Carolina State Library located at 1500 Senate St., Columbia.

For more information,  check out the event’s page at the State Library’s website

Katie and her crops are in the news

by Zack Frazier

Image still from NBC News program

Katie receives Clinton Global Citizen Award

NBC Evening News recently highlighted Katie’s Krops, an national anti-hunger nonprofit started by a 3rd grader in Summerville, South Carolina. We are proud to be publishing Katie Stagliano’s forth-coming book, Katie’s Cabbage, this December.

Grow and Cook for Life

by Shelby Switzer, Special Projects Coordinator, SCCCBL

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.


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