Sociological Threads Within the Quilt of Appalachian Children’s Literature:  A Survey of Historical Fiction

By Susan Virginia Mead, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Sociology
Ferrum College

Bibliography from Paper Presented at the Appalachian Studies Association Conference

Knoxville, Tennessee, March 25, 2000

indicates books described, with study guides, in AppLit's Celebrating Diversity in Appalachia!  Exploring Social Issues Through Appalachian Children's Literature.


Cornelissen, Cornelia.  Soft Rain.  New York:  Bantam, 1998.

Green, Michelle Y.  Willie Pearl.  Temple Hills, MD:  William Ruth and Company, 1990.

Green, Michelle Y.  Willie Pearl:  Under the Mountain.  Temple Hills, MD:  William Ruth and Company, 1992.

Hamilton, Virginia.  M. C. Higgins, The Great.  New York:  Aladdin Paperbacks, 1974.

Houston, Gloria.  Bright Freedom’s Song: A Story of the Underground Railroad.  New York: Harcourt Brace and Company, 1998.

Houston, Gloria.  Mountain Valor.  New York:  Philomel Books, 1994.

Leppard, Lois Gladys.  Mandie and the Medicine Man.  Minneapolis, MN:  Bethany House Publishing, 1986.

Markle, Sandra.  The Fledglings.  Honesdale, PA:   Boyd Mills Press, 1992.

Naylor, Phyllis Reynolds.  Sang Spell.  New York:  Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 1998.

Oughton, Jerrie.  Music from a Place Called Half Moon.  New York:  Bantam Doubleday Dell Books for Young Readers, 1995.

Partridge, Elizabeth.  Clara and the Hoodoo Man.  New York: Puffin Books, 1996.

Rockwood, Joyce.  Groundhog’s Horse.  New York:  Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1978.

Steele, William O.  Flaming Arrows.  New York:  Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1957.

Sulkin, Karen Adams.  The Mystery of Roanoke.  Roanoke, VA:  The Roanoke Times, 1998.  Full text with study questions, etc. at Roanoke.com (as well as other serialized books by Sulkin).

Yep, Laurence.  The Star Fisher.  New York:  Puffin Books, 1991.  For description of the sequel, Dream Soul (2000), see Appalachian Christmas Picture Books.


Background References:

See also AppLit's Appalachian Fiction for Children and Young Adults, Background Resources on Appalachian Children's Literature, and Author Links for Internet references on individual authors. Thematic Table of Contents for Listen Here lists selections by 105 women authors that deal with a variety of social issues.

Bloem, Patricia L. "Multicultural Books in Family Literacy Programs." OLRC Publications 21 Jan. 1998. http:wysiwyg://29/http://archon.educ/kent.edu/Oasis/Pubs/0900-7.htm (11 Feb. 1998).

Brake, Katherine Brande. How They Shine: Melungeon Characters in the Literature of Appalachia. Mercer Univ. Press, 2001.

Herrin, Roberta. "Appalachian Books for All Children." Now and Then 1.1 (1987), pp. 34-35.

Herrin, Roberta. "Gloria Houston and the Burden of the 'Old Culture.'" Appalachian Journal 24. 1 (Fall 1996), pp. 30-42.

Herrin, Roberta. "Universal Themes in Appalachian Children's Literature." Education in Appalachia:  Proceedings from the 1987 Conference on Appalachia. University of KY:  The Appalachian Center.  117-23.

Higgs, Robert J., et al. Appalachia Inside Out: Culture and Custom. 2 Vols. Knoxville: Tennessee U Press, 1995.

Kurtz, Jane. "Multicultural Children's Books: The Subtle Tug-of-war." School Library Journal 24.2. (Feb. 1996), pp. 40-41.

Ravitch, Diane. "Multiculturalism: E Pluribus Plures." Cultural Tapestry: Readings for a Pluralistic Society. Ed. Faun Bernbach Evans, et al. New York: HarperCollins, 1992, pp. 559-71.

Turner, William H. and Edward Cabbell, eds. Blacks in Appalachia. Lexington, U of KY Press, 1985.

For other relevant Internet resources, see Celebrating Diversity in Appalachia!  Exploring Social Issues Through Appalachian Children's Literature


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