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.