Young Palmetto Books Preparing for Launch!

by sccantab

Kim Jeffcoat, Director of SCCCBL, and Jonathan Haupt, head of the USC Press, launch the Young Palmetto Books imprint.

Kim Jeffcoat, Director of SCCCBL, and Jonathan Haupt, head of the USC Press, the movers and shakers behind Young Palmetto Books.

We’re excited about the upcoming launch of Young Palmetto Books (YPB), the new children’s books imprint of USC Press! This new series reflects the University of South Carolina’s growing interests in K-12 outreach and will expand USC Press’s efforts to benefit younger generations of readers. YPB is being founded in partnership with The South Carolina Center for Children’s Books and Literacy (SCCCBL), the statewide literacy initiative famous for the interactive literacy outreach program, Cocky’s Reading Express.

Our series editor and executive director of SCCCBL, Kim Jeffcoat, and the head of USC Press, Jonathan Haupt, have been hard at work making YPB a reality and — as we’re already seeing — a success. Our official launch will take place at the SC Book Festival, May 17-19, in Columbia — stay tuned for more details! — but YPB is already garnering national attention.

Katie Stagliano (YPB author), Cocky (superstar), and Patricia Moore-Pastides (YPB author)

Katie Stagliano (YPB author), Cocky (superstar), and Patricia Moore-Pastides (YPB author)

We couldn’t wait for the official launch to have a party, so we celebrated our excitement on Tuesday evening, April 9th, with a pre-launch reception at SCCCBL. The highlights of the evening included appearances by YPB authors, delicious lemon triangles, and of course, the star of the show — Cocky. The leaders of YPB, Kim and Jonathan, introduced the series, sharing with us their joint vision for the imprint, USC Press, and literacy in the Palmetto State.

Patricia Moore-Pastides, USC’s First Lady and author of one of our first books, Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life, shared with us the inspiration for her young adult cookbook and the process of putting it together — and gave us some delicious recipes to try at home! Other authors of YPB books soon to be published, including Katie Stagliano, founder of the nationally lauded Katie’s Krops, joined us for the evening and shared their own stories and experiences. You can see a video of the event in this lovely article in the University news.

We already have two books ready for print — Fragments of the Ark by Louise Meriwether and Greek Revival from the Garden: Growing and Cooking for Life by Patricia Moore-Pastides — with four others nearing completion and plenty more submissions and drafts in the works. The next few months are going to be busy!

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