Young Palmetto Books

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 sccantab

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

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.

Hitting the Airwaves

by sccantab

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

by sccantab

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!

by sccantab

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!