Young Palmetto Books

Month: June, 2013

Sharing Katie’s Cabbage

by sccantab

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

by sccantab

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

by sccantab

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.