AppLit Bibliographies

ppalachian Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults

Compiled by Judy A. Teaford and Tina L. Hanlon

Note: Other nonfiction works may be listed on other AppLit pages. (See Additional AppLit Resources at the bottom of this page). There is information about Appalachia in most of the concept books listed in Realistic Appalachian Picture Books - Fantasy and Concept Books that Contain Realism. Many books of historical fiction and books on folklore also contain nonfiction background on people, places, and events. Some links on this page go to other AppLit pages with more resources on a particular book or subject. Other links go to web sites outside AppLit. Grade or age levels are listed for some books as they are designated by publishers or reviewers.


Aaseng, Nathan. Cherokee Nation v. Georgia: The Forced Removal of a People. San Diego, CA: Lucent Books, 2000. 96 pp. Describes the attempts to protect the rights of Cherokees living in Georgia beginning in the colonial period, including the landmark Supreme Court cases, Cherokee Nation vs. Georgia, and Worcester vs. Georgia (WorldCat).

Allen, Nancy Kelly. Daniel Boone: Trailblazer. Illus. Joan C. Waites. Gretna, LA: Pelican, 2005. 28 pp. "Born in Pennsylvania in 1734, Daniel Boone cut a path west, carving his name into trees. Although he endured repeated property losses, he became a household name and was greatly admired for his surveying skills and the many claims he laid, opening the west for further settlement. Author Nancy Kelly Allen lives with her husband in Hazard, Kentucky, in the same log house in which she grew up" (WorldCat).

Aloian, Molly. The Appalachians. Crabtree Pub., 2011. 48 pp. "Describes the geography, climate, and ecology of the Appalachians and discusses their role in history and culture, the life of the people that live there, and their contemporary economic uses."

Anderson, Joan. Pioneer Children of Appalachia. Photographs by George Ancona. New York: Clarion, 1986. 48 pp. "Text and photographs from a living history village in West Virginia recreate the pioneer life of young people in Appalachia in the early nineteenth century."

Andryszewski, Tricia. Step by Step Along the Appalachian Trail. Brookfield, Conn: Twenty-First Century Books, 1998. "An overview of the natural history of the Appalachian Trail and of historical events related to the route, an imaginary hike up the trail, and a description of what can be seen and experienced along the way."

Appalachian Babies! Everbest Printing, 2014. Board book. "Appalachia is full of adorable baby animals. In Appalachia[n] Babies, see them up-close at home in their natural habitat. Charming rhymes accompany beautiful photographs. A great tool for teaching young kids about the wildlife of Appalachia. The book features 13 lovable babies, and is sure to be a bedtime favorite."

Appalachian Journey. Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Glencoe, 2009. Real-world Problem Solving, Math and Social Studies, Numbers and Operations series. Grade 3. 16 pp. with color illustrations and map. Divided into geographic sections of the Appalachian Trail (southern, northern, and middle states).

Appelt, Kathi, and Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer. Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky. New York: HarperCollins, 2001. Tells the story of women in the Great Depression who were sent into the mountains of eastern KY by the Works Progress Administration. See cover and overview at Kathi Appelt web site. See also 2008 fictional picture book That Book Woman by Heather Henson in AppLit's realistic picture book bibliography, and photos at New Deal Network Photo Gallery.

Bailey, Ann. For books about the legendary frontier heroine, see Furbee, below, and the AppLit bibliography page Mad Ann Bailey.

Barrett, Tracy. The Trail of Tears: An American Tragedy. Logan, IA: Perfection Learning, 2000. 72 pp. Tells the story of the Cherokee Indians, from the Ice Age through the 20th Century (WorldCat).

Bartoletti, Susan C. Growing Up in Coal Country. Houghton Mifflin, 1996. 127 pp. "Describes what life was like, especially for children, in coal mines and mining towns in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries." Although this book focuses on eastern Pennsylvania and this web site usually does not cover northern Appalachia, Bartoletti's photograph essays are a powerful resource for learning about child labor in the mining industry.

Bauer, Marion D. The Appalachian Trail. Illus. John Wallace. Simon Spotlight, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division, 2020. Ready-to-Read, Level One, Star Reader. 32 pp. "With her trademark simple but lyrical text enhanced by John Wallace's irresistible illustrations, Marion Dane Bauer describes the wonders of the Appalachian Trail for Level One beginning readers."

Bell, Cece. El Deafo. New York: Amulet Books, 2014. A graphic memoir with characters visually depicted as rabbits. "The author recounts in graphic novel format her experiences with hearing loss at a young age, including using a bulky hearing aid, learning how to lip read, and determining her 'superpower.'" Her Phonic Ear superpower enabled her to hear her teacher anywhere in the building. Bell grew up in Salem, Virginia. Her graphic narrative focuses on the spirit of her childhood memories and not accuracy in every detail. Speech balloons help convey the problems of someone with hearing difficulties. The critically acclaimed book was named a 2015 Caldecott honor book by ALSC.

Bennett, Doraine. Appalachian Plateau. Hamilton, GA: State Standards Pub, 2011. 32 pp.  "Describes the characteristics of the Appalachian plateau geographic region of Georgia, looking at its various land formations and attractions." Topics include landscape, coal and the mining industry, logging, reclamation efforts, and preserving heritage.

Bial, Raymond. Mist Over the Mountains: Appalachia and Its People. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1997. Grades 4-7. "An overview of life past and present in the geographic region known as Appalachia." 48 pp.

Birchfield, D. L. The Trail of TearsMilwaukee: World Almanac Library, 2004. 48 pp. Describes the history of the five tribes of Southeastern America: the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole, especially their forcible removal in the 19th century to the Great Plains (WorldCat).

Brill, Marlene Targ. The Trail of Tears: The Cherokee Journey from Home. Spotlight on American History. Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook, 1995. 64 pp. Eight chapters with photographs, a map, illustrations and documents from historical sources, chronology, bibliographies, index. Artworks include the painting Trail of Tears by Elizabeth Janes, 1939. Available as an electronic book through NetLibrary at http://www.netLibrary.com/urlapi.asp?action=summary&v=1&bookid=32368.

Bruchac, Joseph. Trail of Tears. Illus. Diana Magnuson. New York:  Random House, 1999. 48 pp. "In 1838, settlers moving west forced the great Cherokee Nation, and their chief John Ross, to leave their home land and travel 1,200 miles to Oklahoma. An epic story of friendship, war, hope, and betrayal."

Byers, Ann. The Trail of Tears: A Primary Source History of the Forced Relocation of the Cherokee Nation. New York: Rosen, 2004. 64 pp. Uses primary source documents, narrative, and illustrations to recount the history of the U.S. government's removal of the Cherokee from their ancestral homes in Georgia to Oklahoma in 1838 (WorldCat).

Clark, Electa. Cherokee Chief: The Life of John Ross. Illus. John Wagner. New York: Crowell-Collier, 1970. 118 pp. A biography of the Cherokee chief who struggled to maintain his tribe's independence and rights to its homeland (WorldCat).

Clay, Julie. The Stars That Shine. Illus. Dan Andreasen. New York: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers, 2000. 101 pp. "Twelve of the biggest stars of country music share childhood memories and dreams with Julie Clay, who delights us with their stories. The stories they tell are as emotionally rich as the songs they sing.  From the poignancy of Brenda Lee's relationship with her father to the comedy of Trisha Yearwood's early attempts at stardom, this is the book for families to read together, again and again. Each of the tales is followed by biographical information highlighting the artist's career and the background of the story." (Not all country music stars are Appalachian.)

Coblentz, Catherine Cate. Ah-yo-ka, Daughter of Sequoya. Illus. Janice Holland. Real People series. Evanston, IL: Row, Peterson, 1950. 36 pp. Sacramento: California State Dept. of Education, 1963.

Coblentz, Catherine Cate. Sequoya. Illus. Ralph Ray, Jr. New York: Longmans, 1946. 199 pp.

Cook, Carolyn. A Hike on the Appalachian Trail: Big Flat to Birch Run. Baltimore: PublishAmerica, 2010. 32 pp. "This book tells the story of a field trip on the Appalachian Trail and also provides facts about the animals, insects, and plants who call the Appalachian Trail home."

Cooper, Ann Goode. Lawyer Will: The Story of an Appalachian Lawyer. Illus. Diana Jessee. Boone, NC: Parkway Publishers, 2004. Biography of Tennessee lawyer and teacher William Harrison Bowlin, who was born in 1874 and became a judge on the Supreme Court of Tennessee.

Cowan, Agnes, and Martin Cochran. Life of Famous Cherokee Men. Tahlequah, OK:  Cherokee Bilingual Education Program, 1972.  Contents:  Sequoyah, William Wirt Hastings, Will Rogers, Joe Thornton, Elias Boudinot (WorldCat).

Crockett. See page on Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett.

Ebel, Julia Taylor. Addie Clawsen: Appalachian Mail Carrier. Illus. Sherry Jensen. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2004. Addie Clawsen carried mail in the Boone, NC area for 30 years beginning in 1936, when few other women held such jobs on rural routes. See page on this book in Julia Taylor Ebel's web site, with downloadable study guide.

Ebel, Julia Taylor. Orville Hicks: Mountain Stories, Mountain Roots. Winston-Salem, NC: John F. Blair, 2006. "A biography for ages 8 to adult," based on extensive conversations with members of the Hicks family. Includes about 80 photographs. See page on this book in Julia Taylor Ebel's web site.

Elish, Dan. The Trail of Tears: The Story of the Cherokee Removal. New York: Benchmark Books/Marshall Cavendish, 2001. 96 pp. Includes bibliographical references and index.

Ewers, Ruth L. Nurses in the Wilderness: Not Even a Flooded River Could Stand between Mary Breckinridge and the Hospital Her Patients Needed. Illus. Bob Dorsey. Highlights for Children, 2018.  "Frontier nurse Mary Breckinridge brought medical services to rural Kentucky."

Felton, Harold W. Nancy Ward, Cherokee. Illus. Carolyn Bertrand. New York: Dodd, Mead, 1975. 89 pp. A brief biography of the eighteenth-century Cherokee Indian woman who did much to help her own people and to assist the colonists in their fight for independence (WorldCat).

Fitch, Lynne, and Bob Fitch. Grandfather's Land: We Are Mountain People. Ed. Paul J. Deegan. Mankato, Minn: Ameous Street, 1972. Photos and text by Bob and Lynne Fitch. "A young boy living in the mountains of North Carolina describes his home, family, and daily activities."

Flowers, Pam. Ellie's Long Walk: The True Story of Two Friends on the Appalachian Trail. Illus. Bill Farnsworth. A&A Johnston Press, 2011. 32 pp. "In Ellie's long walk, Pam and Ellie set out to hike the more-than-2,000-mile-long [Appalachian] Trail. In this adventure-packed true story, they ford rivers, survive storms, and scramble up rugged cliffs. Near the end of their journey an icy storm almost forces them to quit..." (book jacket).

Fremon, David K. The Trail of Tears. New Discovery Books, 1994. 96 pp. Includes bibliographical references (p.94) and index.

Furbee, Mary R. Anne Bailey: Frontier Scout. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds, 2002. For reviews and additional information on author see Mary R. Furbee's web siteOutrageous Women cover

Furbee, Mary R. Outrageous Women of Civil War Times. John Wiley & Sons, 2003. Features Belle Boyd and other Appalachian women. For reviews and additional information on author see Mary R. Furbee's web site.

Furbee, Mary R. Outrageous Women of Colonial America. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2001. Part 3, on the South, includes two western Virginia women, Anne Trotter Bailey and Mary Draper Ingles. See these links for more details. The Introduction points out that the book honors real women, not ones whose histories are overshadowed by legend, such as Pocahontas. For reviews and additional information on author see Mary R. Furbee's web site.

Furbee, Mary R. Shawnee Captive: The Story of Mary Draper Ingles. Greensboro, NC: Morgan Reynolds, 2001. For reviews and additional information on author see Mary R. Furbee's web site.

Furbee, Mary R. Wild Rose: Nancy Ward and the Cherokee Nation. Greensboro, NC:  Morgan Reynolds, 2001. For reviews and additional information on author see Mary R. Furbee's web site.

George, Jean Craighead. The Moon of the Bears. Illus. Ron Parker. The Thirteen Moons Series. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1993. 48 pp. "Chronicles a year in a black bear's life, beginning with her emerging from hibernation in Tennessee's Smoky Mountains during the spring thaw in February" (Worldcat). Reprinted in Winter Moon compilation, HarperTrophy, 2001.

George, Jean Craighead. Winter Moon. New York: HarperTrophy, 2001. Combined volume of Thirteen Moons series, with winter lives of a black bear (see above), a song sparrow, mole and owls.

George-Warren, Holly. Honky-Tonk Heroes & Hillbilly Angels: The Pioneers of Country & Western Music. Illus. Laura Levine. Boston, Mass: Houghton Mifflin, 2006. 32 pp. "Profiles important and influential performers of country and western music, including the Carter Family, Roy Acuff, Gene Autry, Bill Monroe, Patsy Cline, and Loretta Lynn" (Worldcat).

Gove, Doris. Red-Spotted Newt. Illus. Beverly Duncan. New York: Atheneum, 1994. 28 pp. By a Tennessee author." Describes the physical characteristics, life cycle, and behavior of the red-spotted newt."

Gove, Doris. The Smokies Yukky Book: Horrifyingly True Tales of Our Local Flora and Fauna. Illus. Lisa Horstman. Gatlinburg, TN: Great Smoky Mountains Assoc., 2006. "Kids will go wild over the weird, creepy, yukky stuff in this book. Where else can your kids learn about carnivorous plants, vomiting vultures, snot otters, ant lions, and other magnificent things that really, really live in the Great Smoky Mountains? ... Recommended for kids ages 8-12. 64 pages." This series includes yukky books about other national parks.

Gove, Doris. A Water Snake's Year. Illus. Beverly Duncan. New York: Atheneum, 1991. "Presents a year in the life of a female water snake, resident of Great Smoky Mountains National Park" (Worldcat).

Graf, Mike. Mammoth Cave National Park. Mankato, Minn: Bridgestone Books, 2004. "Describes Mammoth Cave National Park in KY, including its location, history, plants and animals, weather, and activities for visitors."

Gravelle, Karen.  An Appalachian Childhood: Growing Up in a Holler in the Mountains. Growing Up in America Series. New York:  Franklin Watts, 1997. 64 pp. "Presents a description of contemporary life in the Appalachian Region of Kentucky while focusing on the home and activities of ten-year-old Joseph Ratliff and his family" (book summary). A good variety of photographs, maps (showing the area of Martin, Kentucky and surrounding states), a glossary, and a bibliography add information to the text of the book. Inset boxes give background on traditions such as shape-note singing, mountain cooking, and historical figures such as Mother Jones. Storytelling is illustrated by a local family legend about a tombstone thrown down a well in connection with the theft of a land deed during the Civil War.

Griggs, Leland. Posted: No Trespassing. Illus. Russell Jewell. Pickens, SC: Meadow Spring Publishing, 2001. The author and illustrator are both Appalachian naturalists. Inspired by Thoreau, the book portrays the author's attempt to claim an abandoned farm that had been taken over by many kinds of wildlife. "Griggs . . . provides a clear message that humans, animals and nature can live in harmony if external forces do not disrupt its delicate and intricate balance. . . . As the illustration and text reveal, a hasty governmental act could cause this ecosystem to die." Quotation from Review by Bea Bailey in ALCA-Lines: Journal of the Assembly on the Literature and Culture of Appalachia, vol. IX, 2001, pp. 16-17.

Hamilton, Virginia. Many Thousand Gone: African Americans from Slavery to Freedom. Illus. Leo and Diane Dillon. New York: Knopf, 1993. See cover and details at Virginia Hamilton web site. Labeled a companion to The People Could Fly, with a similar cover illustration, this book tells many historical stories (not all Appalachian) of the slave trade, runaway slaves, and the coming of Emancipation or Jubilee. It describes little-known and famous African Americans and their helpers on the Underground Railroad, such as Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Nat Turner, Equiano, and the fictional Eliza in H. B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin, who escaped from Kentucky with her children. Several of the stories important to Appalachian history also describe escapes across the Ohio River from southern states. "Exodus to Freedom" tells of Margaret Garner, who tried to escape with her family from Boone Country, KY, was caught in Cincinnati, and killed her daughter because she would rather have her children dead than in slavery. "An Unnamed Fugitive" is about an escaped slave who found work during the Civil War with the Union army in a WV regiment. Major Sherwood was then almost court-martialed for refusing to return fugitive slaves to their owners.

Hanmer, Trudy J. Living in the Mountains. New York: F. Watts, 1988. 95 pp. "Compares and contrasts the cultural geography of life in three mountain communities, in Kentucky, Peru, and China."

Hardin, Gail, and R Conrad Stein. The Road from West Virginia. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1970. 63 pp. with illustrations. "The daughter of a West Virginia coalminer relates the events that led her to drop out of high school and describes the factory jobs that taught her the importance of a high school diploma. Includes information on job opportunities for semiskilled workers."

Heinrichs, Ann. West Virginia. This Land Is Your Land. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2004. 48 pp. "This information-packed book is perfect for getting to know and writing about West Virginia.... history, geography, and culture. Colorful images and original maps further provide a unique portrait of the 'Mountain State'" (back cover). There is a page on famous West Virginians. The only literary writer discussed is Pearl Buck. Includes index.

Hintz, Martin, and Stephen V. Hintz. North Carolina. America the Beautiful series. New York: Children's Press, 1998. 143 pp. "An introduction to the geography, history, natural resources, economy, people, and interesting sites of North Carolina" (Worldcat).Cover of She Sang for the Mountains

Hitchcock, ShannonSaving Granddaddy's Stories: Ray Hicks, the Voice of Appalachia. Illus. Sophie Page. Reycraft Books, 2020. "As a young boy living in the Appalachian Mountains, Ray Hicks loved his grandfather's stories because he told them the mountain way. After his grandfather's death, Ray continued to tell these stories to anyone who would listen. Years later, his storytelling became so famous he was known as the Voice of Appalachia." The illustrations are mixed media dioramas in a folk art style. Trailer in YouTube.

Hitchcock, ShannonShe Sang for the Mountains: The Story of Singer, Songwriter, Activist Jean Ritchie. Illus. Sophie Page. Reycraft Books, 2021. "This lyrical picture book biography of songwriter and activist Jean Ritchie traces the singer's life from the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky to New York City and beyond, as her protest songs inspired a nation" (book jacket). The illustrations are mixed media dioramas in a folk art style. On the creation of both picture book biographies by Hitchcock and Page, see "Shannon Hitchcock Celebrates Appalachian Treasures" in Elizabeth Dulemba's blog, Sept. 26, 2021.

Hoffman, Edwin D. Fighting Mountaineers: The Struggle for Justice in the Appalachians. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1979. "Relates seven historical episodes which demonstrate how the struggle for justice has been a part of the heritage of the people of Appalachia."

Hoig, Stan. Night of the Cruel Moon: Cherokee Removal and the Trail of Tears. New York: Facts on File, 1996. 138 pp. A narrative history of the removal by white Americans of the Cherokee peoples from their eastern homeland to the Indian territory now known as Oklahoma (WorldCat).

Hons, Patricia S. Mary Draper Ingles: A True Story of Courage and Family. Illus. Sarah R. Saunders. BookSurge, LLC, 2006. This unpaginated picture book begins with Mary's mother teaching her that family is important, and Mary outrunning the boys in Drapers Meadows (in Southwest VA, where she was the first white woman to get married west of the Blue Ridge). It ends with her long walk home after being captured by the Shawnee and then a page on the rest of her life. The book's final statement is about her son Thomas's family enduring "an attack and kidnapping." Editing errors include nonstandard verbs, although an attempt is not made to represent dialects. While the illustrations are not in a fully realistic style, they convey some inaccuracies. Mary and Will Ingles are shown marrying at a church but there was no church building that far west. Throughout the escape the women are fully clothed and wrapped in blankets, with a cap on the "Dutch woman" who escaped with Mary, long after their clothes and blankets had shredded. Mary is pictured this way at the end of her journey and then the text and illustration show that when she arrived at the Harman farm the next day she was "almost bare-naked."

Hoover, Leigh A. W. The Santa Train Tradition. Illus. Carol B. Murray. Kingsport, Tenn.: Word of Mouth Press, 2008. 30 pp. "'Tells the story of seven-year-old Ben Massey and his annual family tradition of walking to meet the Santa Train on chilly Saturday mornings each year before Thanksgiving." The Santa Special, "originating in 1943,... was a means for the business community to thank the surrounding area for their continued patronage in Kingsport. A shared program of the Kingsport Area Chamber of Commerce, CSX Transportation, and Food City grocery, the Santa Train is loaded with over 15 tons of donated gifts, toys, candies, and clothing from individuals and organizations across the United States. On the Saturday before Thanksgiving, the Santa Train travels 110 miles from Shelby, Kentucky, through Southwest Virginia, to Kingsport, Tennessee. At various stops, Santa tosses gifts and shares the spirit of the holidays with thousands of children and their families. Through financial contributions, the Santa Train Scholarship is also awarded annually to graduating seniors along the route."

Horwitz, Elinor L. Mountain People, Mountain Crafts. Photographs by Joshua Horwitz and Anthony Horwitz. Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott, 1974. 143 pp. "Gives a brief history of the folk culture and crafts in the Appalachian region and discusses their present-day revival by introducing contemporary craftsmen and their work."

Houston, Gloria. My Great-Aunt Arizona. Illus Susan Condie Lamb. New York: HarperCollins, 1992. Rather than the stereotypical picture of uneducated, ignorant Appalachians, Houstonís book offers a more valid picture of real teachers and one-room schools in the Appalachian region. This is a moving story of a lively, loving woman (Houston's real great-aunt) who dedicated her life to teaching, showing the scope of her life in the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC from childhood through 57 years of teaching and old age. She did her duty to her family as well as pursuing her own dream of going off to school and becoming a teacher. See more details in HarperCollins web pages on the book, author, and illustrator; Review at Carol Hurst's Children's Literature Site; and Lesson plan by Nancy Polette, 1999, in Nancy Polette's Children's Literature Site.Cover of When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike

Houts, Michelle. When Grandma Gatewood Took a Hike. Illus. Erica Magnus. Ohio University Press, 2016. Ages 4-8. A School Library Best Picture Book for 2016. "In 1955, sixty-seven-year-old Emma 'Grandma' Gatewood became the first woman to solo hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail in one through hike. Michelle Houts and Erica Magnus bring us the first children's book about her feat and the unexpected challenges she encountered on the journey she initially called a 'lark.'" 

Ivey, Jennie, Calvin Dickinson, and Lisa Rand. Tennessee Tales the Textbooks Don't Tell. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press, 2002. 200 pp. See Overmountain web site for summary and picture.

Jones, Loyal. Appalachian Values. Photography by Warren E. Brunner. Jesse Stuart Foundation, 1994. 144 pp. This influential book of essays is cataloged in WorldCat as juvenile literature. The publisher describes it as "a series of essays written to counter the persistent negative stereotypes about Appalachian people. The stories used to illustrate various values are accompanied by powerful photographs of Appalachian people and settings. Covering values from our Early Appalachian forebears to today, the books speaks of freedom, religion, independence, self-reliance, pride, neighborliness, hospitality, familism, personalism, humility, love of place, patriotism, sense of beauty, and sense of humor. It gives a positive view of Appalachian culture that will serve students and a general audience, too."

Joseph, Judith Pinkerton. Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1997. Grades 5-9. "A biography of Mary Harris Jones [1837-1930], the union organizer who worked tirelessly for the rights of workers." Child labor is one of the problems Mother Jones campaigned to reform in Appalachia and other regions.

Kalantzis, Mary, Bill Cope, Maurice Leonhardt, Sava Pinney, and Lenore Filson. 3rd ed. Ecosystems: The Cherokee and Their Environment. Sydney: Common Ground, 1986. 131 pp.

Kane, J. C. Emma Gatewood's Long Walk. Illus. David Shephard. Heinemann, 2020. Fountas and Pinnell Guided Reading Text Level Set 4R3. 16 pp. "One foot in front of the other. Emma Gatewood told her children and grandchildren that she was going for a walk. She didn't tell them that the trail she intended to hike was more than 2,000 miles (3,218 km) long or that she wouldn't be back for months" from the Appalachian Trail (back cover). 

Kemp, Steve. Who Pooped in the Park?: The Great Smoky Mountains! Illus. Robert Rath. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2005. "The latest in this unconventional series of storybooks makes learning about wildlife tracks and scat (poop) fun. Perfect for youths ages 7-11, this book follows a family of visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains as they join a park ranger for a wildlife walk. Learn the clues for 'seeing' deer, bear, rabbit, wild hog, wild turkey, coyote, skunk, and more. 48 pages. Full color."

Key, Alexander. The Strange White Doves: True Mysteries of Nature. Illus. Alexander Key. Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1972. Each chapter builds on Key's exploration of the mysterious powers, or extrasensory perception, that many species seem to have. He begins with the story of a dove that Key and his son found in the woods, and the astounding appearance later of its mate at their home where the first dove was confined indoors. Examples of animals walking across country to find families in places they had never seen and other mystifying behaviors of different species are discussed, including evidence that snakes, insects, and even plants may have feelings. Five beautiful full-page drawings by the author are included.

Kirby, Ellie. The Legend of Caty Sage. Troutdale, VA: Fox Creek Press, 2006. "On July 5, 1792, a five-year-old child named Caty Sage disappeared from a farm in Grayson County, Virginia. In 1848 her brother Charles found a white woman living with an Indian tribe in Kansas and became convinced that she was Caty. Since then her story has been told and retold until it has become a beloved legend in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. For a more detailed account of the Caty Sage story, I recommend Bill Bland's book, Yourowquains, a Wyandot Indian Queen" (from Author's Note).

Labella, Susan. West Virginia. Rookie Read-About Geography. New York: Children's Press/Scholastic, 2006. 31 pp. A little book for beginning readers with color photos, maps, and review of "Words You Know." This series also includes books on other Appalachian states.

Landau, Elaine. The Cherokees. New York: F. Watts, 1992.  61 pp. Discusses the history, customs, and current situation of the Cherokee Indians. 

LaPlante, Walter. The Appalachian Trail. Gareth Stevens Publishing, 2017. 24 pp. "The man who conceived of the Appalachian Trail believed that time outdoors was good for a clear mind. Millions of people couldn't agree more and hike the trail each year. In addition to the history of this famous trail, readers learn some of the coolest hikes they can go on along the trail as well as the national parks they might find along the way. Fact boxes introduce more information about where to go when on a road trip near the Appalachian Trail, and full-color photographs show a sneak peak of the gorgeous foliage and scenery the trail is known for."

Leonard, Emily MBlack Bear's Adventure: An Appalachian Trail Journey. Illus. Laurie Joy Miller and Lisa Joy Jones. Independently published, 2020. 48 pp. "Join Emily, aka Black Bear [the author], on an epic journey thru-hiking the Appalachian Trail. Discover how she grows and overcomes struggles on the world’s oldest mountain chain. Uniquely illustrated, this inspirational story encourages the reader to pursue, even in the face of difficulty, while at the same time developing a respect for nature. Also available is 'Black Bear's Adventure Companion book' to enrich the reader's understanding of outdoor safety." The author, who has been a physical education teacher and coach, has hiked the Appalachian Trail more than once. She has written a memoir about her adventures as well.

Libal, Joyce, and Patricia Therrien. Southern Appalachian. American Regional Cooking Library. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2005. Compiled by Joyce Libal. Recipes by Patricia Therrien. Reviewers have noted that the illustrations are appealing but the instructions are faulty in this regional cookbook.

Long, Cathryn J. The Cherokee. San Diego, Calif.: Lucent Books, 2000.  96 pp. Discusses the traditional life of the Cherokee peoples in the southern Appalachian Mountains, their beliefs and sense of community, culture, their forced migration along the Trail of Tears to Oklahoma, and life in the twentieth century and beyond.

Lynch-Thomason, Saro. Lone Mountain: A Story About Mountaintop Removal. Electric City Printing, 2014. 30 pp. "Lone Mountain is an illustrated children’s story book created to educate youth about mountaintop removal (MTR) coal mining. Set in central Appalachia, this 32-page book presents beautifully illustrated full color pages that will compel and educate youth and adult readers alike. Focusing on Appalachia’s rich cultural and natural heritage—from its biodiversity to its clean water, food sources and medicinal plants—Lone Mountain presents a framework for learning about the valuable gifts of the Appalachian Mountains while raising awareness about the threats of mountaintop removal.

Lyon, George EllaA Wordful Child. Photo. Ann W. Olson. Meet the Writer Series. New York:  Richard C. Owen, 1996. Autobiography for children with photographs.

McCall, Edith S. Cumberland Gap and Trails West. Illus. Carol Rogers. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1965. 126 pp. "Relates the adventures of six men including George Washington and Daniel Boone, whose explorations of the Appalachian Mountain area during the 17th and 18th centuries opened up the way west."

McKissack, Patricia and Frederick L. McKissack. Booker T. Washington: Leader and Educator. Great African Americans series. Illus. Michael Bryant. Chicago: Children's Press, 1991, revised ed. 2001.

McMahon, Tom. Orient: Hero Dog Guide of the Appalachian Trail. Illus. Erin Mauterer. Waco, Tex: WRS Pub, 1995. "The true story of Orient, the guide and companion of Bill Irwin, the first blind man to hike the two thousand miles of the Appalachian Trail. Shows the reader, through the eyes of a dog guide, the challenges that a blind person faces every day."

McNeer, May. The Story of the Southern Highlands. Illus. C. H. De Witt. Harper & Brothers, 1945. 

McNeil, Nellie, and Joyce Squibb, ed. A Southern Appalachian Reader. Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium Press, 1989. This textbook with teaching aids is designed for high school students.  It contains both fiction and nonfiction. Nonfiction chapters include: How America Came to the Mountains, Moving Mountains: The Struggles of the Coal Industry, The Change Hits Home, Appalachian Emigration, and The Sense of Place in Appalachian Writing.

Mad Ann Bailey. See bibliography page at this link and Furbee, above, for books about the legendary frontier heroine.

Mader, Jan. Appalachian Mountains. Rookie Read-About Geography series. New York: Scholastic, 2004. Summary: "An introduction to the Appalachian Mountains, which run through eighteen states." Short texts for early readers and listeners (31 pp., 333 words). Beautiful photographs from a variety of sources, with the Blue Ridge Mountains of NC on the cover.

Maynard, Charles W. The Appalachians. PowerKids Press, 2004. 24 pp. with illustrations and color map. For elementary and junior high readers. "Discusses the history of the mountain range that runs through eighteen states. The Appalachians are an ancient mountain chain that stretches more than 1,500 miles along eastern North America. This range of mountains is among the oldest in the world. Worn down by erosion, the Appalachian Mountains are known for their forest-covered slopes and farmlands in fertile valleys. Students will read about Hernando de Sotos explorations during the 1540s, and how Daniel Boone built the Wilderness Road and the Cumberland Gap. Today, it has a rich heritage of music and storytelling that reflects the lives of the European and African American people who settled there."

Maynard, Charles W. Going to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Helena, MT: Farcountry Press, 2008. "Dive into the geology, history, animals, and plants of the park. See plants and animals that don't exist anywhere else in the world! Learn about the Cherokee Indians, early logging, hiking, and the llamas that deliver supplies to Mt. LeConte" (from web site of Great Smoky Mountains Assoc.).

Meyers, Madeleine. The Cherokee Nation: Life Before the Tears. Perspectives on History Series. Lowell, MA: Discovery Enterprises, 1994. 60 pp.

Miller, Connie R. The Cherokee. Uncovering Native American History Series. Minneapolis: Lake Street, 2003. Contents:  Who are the Cherokee? -- Finding a basket -- Finding a pottery piece -- Finding a blowgun -- Finding a quartz crystal (WorldCat).

Mitten, Ellen K. Appalachian Region. Rourke Educational Media, 2015 32 pp. "Text and photographic essays present the geography, history, Indians, culture, economy, agriculture of the eleven States of New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, Alabama, Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia." Sections include "Welcome to Appalachia," "The People and the History," "Appalachian Culture and Music," "Industry and Business," "State Facts Sheet,"
Glossary, Index, "Show What You Know," "Websites to Visit", and "About the Author."

Nelson, Scott Reynolds, with Marc Aronson. Ain't Nothing But a Man: My Search to Find the Read John Henry. Washington, D. C.: National Geographic, 2008. 64 pp. With an Afterword by Aronson, "How to Be a Historian." Winner of Aesop Prize for 2008 from Children's Folklore Section of American Folklore Society.

Owens, Martha Galyon. A Tennessee Journey: Student Interactive Workbook. Johnson City, TN: Overmountain Press. Uses a coloring book format for a tour flying across the state with L
ady Bug and Firefly. See cover and description at Overmountain Press.

Pack, Linda Hager. Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z. Illus. Pat Banks. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky, 2013. In alphabet format with details on traditional toys and games from the mid to late 1800s. Includes instructions for making an apple doll, an Iroquois legend of the corn husk doll, rules for hoop and stick, and examples of jump rope rhymes. O is a poem about being outside. Under "eerie stories" is a reprint of a ghost story, "Never Mind Them Watermelons," by S. E. Schlosser. Includes a glossary, Author's Note, Illustrator's Note, list of Places to Visit (mostly museums), a list of Recommended Appalachian Books for Children, and bibliography.

Patterson, Lillie. Sequoyah: The Cherokee Who Captured Words. Illus. Herman B. Vestal. Champaign, IL: Garrard, 1975.  80 pp. A biography of the Cherokee Indian who did what white scholars said could not be done when he invented a syllabary for writing the Cherokee language (WorldCat).

Petersen, David. Great Smoky Mountains National Park. A New True Book. Chicago: Childrens Press, 1993. 45 pp.

Powell, Karen S, and Robert A. Powell. Kentucky's First Woman: Mary Draper Ingles. Lexington, KY: Kentucky Images, 1987. This unpaginated picture book begins by explaining that Rebecca Boone was the first white woman to settle in Kentucky but Ingles was the first white woman to enter Kentucky, as a prisoner, twenty years earlier. It stresses that Mary worked hard in her marriage doing tasks that men could do. There are editing errors as well as inaccurate and illogical details. Modern place names are used without explaining that some of those names were introduced by white settlers later. The text says that Mary Ingles and her husband William came from Ireland to settle in America; Mary's parents left Ireland but she was born in Philadelphia. It says that after her capture Mary gave birth at a Shawnee village on the Ohio River three days into their journey, as if they could have traveled from Southwest Virginia to Ohio in three days. The next page refers to continuing the journey and allowing Mary to ride on a horse after giving birth, as if she did not ride before that. The sepia illustrations show them in tipis, which the Shawnee and other eastern Indians did not have. The white men and boys are depicted wear long pants as if they lived in the late nineteenth or twentieth centuries. Mary is depicted with her baby at Big Lick, making a heartbreaking decision to leave it there and escape, but if she did have a baby, it's unlikely she would have had it with her on the extended trip to make salt there. At one point during the escape, the two women are seeking "streams they felt would take them toward the sea," but Mary knew she her home was not near the sea, although they did have to travel east along the Ohio River to find the rivers that they could follow south through Virginia. The "Dutch woman" who escaped with Mary is said to lose her senses near Point Pleasant, WV, where the women fight and Mary runs away alone, but then it says they are only a few days from home after that, so they couldn't have been near the mouth of the Kanawha River when they split up. In the final drawing that accompanies text about George being returned thirteen years later, he looks like a short boy instead of fully grown young adult.

Ransom, Candice. Daniel Boone. History Makers Bios. New York: Barnes & Noble, 2005. Five chapters with old and new illustrations, Timeline, a page on continuing influences, references, and index.

Rookie Read-About Geography Series. New York: Children's Press/Scholastic. Little books on each state for beginning readers, with color photos and maps. See Labella, above.

Roop, Peter and Connie. If You Lived With the Cherokee. Illus. Kevin Smith. New York:  Scholastic, 1998. Grades 3-5.

Rylant, Cynthia. Appalachia: The Voices of Sleeping Birds. Illus.  Barry Moser. San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1991. Picture book about children in mid-twentieth-century Appalachia.

Rylant, Cynthia. Best Wishes. Photo. Carlo Ontal.  Meet the Writer Series. New York: Richard C. Owen, 1992. Autobiography for children with photographs.

Rylant, Cynthia. But I'll Be Back Again: An Album. New York: Beech Tree Books, 1993. 64 pp. "The author relates her experiences growing up in a small West Virginia town" (near Beckley). 

Scarbro, Maxine Sewell. One Room School Games: Children's Games of Yesteryear. Charleston, WV: Mountain Memories Books, 1992. 64 pp. Scarbro's aunt, Kathryn Hypes, was a teacher in the one-room Legg School on Stringtown Road in Fayette County, WV. Scarbro, who retired from a career with the Dept. of Natural Resources, grew up on Opossum Creek near Ansted and often visited her aunt and uncle less than a mile away, where they played many traditional games. The book includes jump rope rhymes, short explanations of many games, line drawings by Dianna Zendigan Thomas of Elkview, a cover painting of a 1906 school recess in Wetzel County by New Martinsville artist Glen Barnes, and a photograph of Campbell School in Barbour County, the poem "One Room School" by Bernice Dunn, and an index.

Sherrow, Victoria. Cherokee Nation v. Georgia: Native American Rights. Springfield, NJ:  Enslow Publishers, 1997. 128 pp. Discusses the cases brought by the Cherokee Nation and its supporters against the state of Georgia beginning in the 1830s to protect the rights of the Cherokee living there (WorldCat).

Shull, Peg. Children of Appalachia. New York:  Simon & Schuster/ Julian Messner, 1969. 95 pp. "Describes the daily life and regional customs of three families living in southeastern Kentucky as well as the geography, economy, and history of the area. Based on real people from Bell County, Kentucky, this book contains photographs taken by the writer. 

Simpson, Ann and Rob. Born Wild in the Smokies. Farcountry Pr, 2007. 80 pp. "This collection of candid images by wildlife photographers is devoted entirely to the area's junior residents, ranging from spotted fawns to red-spotted newts, from furry bobcat kittens to downy owlets. Come along and witness these creatures at play, exploring the new world that surrounds them" (from web site of the Great Smoky Mountains Association).

Smith, Lee, ed. Sitting on the Courthouse Bench: An Oral History of Grundy, Virginia. Oral History by Grundy High School Students. Chapel Hill, NC: Tryon, 2000. "When Lee Smith, one of the country's preeminent authors, learned that the only salvation for her rural Virginia hometown meant, in a sense, it destruction, she was compelled to tell the story. Working with Debbie Raines, an English teacher at Grundy High School, and students from the school's Oral Communication Seminar, she has produced a rich oral history. Archival and contemporary photographs depict a small town ravaged by decades of flooding. In this volume, we journey with Lee Smith and the townspeople of Grundy, in a literal and figurative sense, as they anchor their town on higher ground to begin anew." The downtown was moved in the early twentieth century to prevent flooding.

Smucker, Anna Egan. Golden Delicious: A Cinderella Apple Story. Illus. Kathleen Kemly. Morton Grove, IL: Albert Whitman, 2008. This picture book recounts the discovery of the Golden Delicious apple with allusions to Cinderella. Every Golden Delicious apple tree in the world is descended from one tree "that just grew" on Anderson Mullins's farm in Clay County, WV in the early 1900s! A nursery in Missouri purchased the tree and took twigs for growing new trees. The Author's Note gives further background on the apple's history and the grafting process.

Smucker, AnnaA History of West Virginia. Ed. Therese M. Hess.West Virginia Humanities Council, 1997. 81 pp. This book for adult new readers is also being translated into Japanese. An Online Version of A History of West Virginia for New Readers, including Workbook Chapters, is available through West Virginia Humanities Council. Photographs and little maps are included, as well as background references. Fifteen chapters range from ancient Native American history to the 1960s and 1970s, and then brief comments on WV today. The legend of John Henry is discussed along with details about The longest chapter is devoted to "King Coal."

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. The Cherokees: A First Americans Book. Illus. Ronald Himler. New York:  Holiday House, 1996. Grades 4-7.

Sneve, Virginia Driving Hawk. The Iroquois: A First Americans Book. New York: Holiday House, 1995.

Sonneborn, Liz. The Cherokee. New York: Franklin Watts, 2003. 63 pp. Contents: Origins -- Meeting strangers -- Learning new ways -- Trail of Tears -- A divided nation -- The modern Cherokee (WorldCat).

Stein, Conrad. West Virginia. America the Beautiful Series. Chicago, IL: Children's Press, 1991. 144 pp. Discusses the geography, history, people, government, economy, and recreation of West Virginia.

Stevenson, Augusta. Daniel Boone: Young Hunter and Tracker. Illus. Robert Doremus. Childhood of Famous American Series.

Stewart, Philip. Cherokee. Philadelphia: Mason Crest, 2004. 94 pp. Contents: History -- Stories of the People -- Current Government -- Religion -- Social Structures Today -- Arts and Culture -- Contributions to the World -- The Future (WorldCat).

Sullivan, Ken (ed). The Goldenseal Book of the West Virginia Mine Wars. Illus. Lisa George. Charleston, West Virginia: Pictorial Histories Publishing, 1991. Grades 4-11. Goldenseal magazine puts together some of the best articles ever written on this historic period. Authors include Lon Savage, Lois McLean, and Topper Sherwood; topics include Sid Hatfield, Mother Jones, Bill Blizzard, C. E. Lively, and Don Chafin. 

Summers, Thomas O. Joseph Brown or, The Young Tennessean. New York: Garland, 1977. 126 pp. Recounts the life of a young boy captured in Tennessee in 1785 by a band of Cherokee and Creek Indians (WorldCat).

Thermes, Jennifer. Grandma Gatewood Hikes the Appalachian Trail. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2018 Picture book biography. "Emma Gatewood's life was far from easy. In rural Ohio, she managed a household of 11 kids alongside a less-than-supportive husband. One day, at age 67, she decided to go for a nice long walk. and ended up completing the Appalachian Trail. With just the clothes on her back and a pair of thin canvas sneakers on her feet, Grandma Gatewood hiked up ridges and down ravines. She braved angry storms and witnessed breathtaking sunrises. When things got particularly tough, she relied on the kindness of strangers or sheer luck to get her through the night. When the newspapers got wind of her amazing adventure, the whole country cheered her on to the end of her trek, which came just a few months after she set out. A story of true grit and girl power at any age, Grandma Gatewood proves that no peak is insurmountable."

Therrien, Patricia, and Joyce Libal. Southern Appalachian Cooking. American Regional Cooking Library: Culture, Tradition, and History. Philadelphia: Mason Crest Publishers, 2005. 72 pp. Advertised for ages 12 to 18.

This Land Is Your Land Series. Minneapolis: Compass Point Books, 2004. Many kinds of information, images and maps of each of the fifty states, D. C., and Puerto Rico. See Heinrichs, above.

Thompson, Kathleen. North Carolina. Steck-Vaughn Portrait of America series. Austin, Tex: Raintree Steck-Vaughn, 1996. 48 pp. "Discusses the history, economy, culture, and future of North Carolina."

Todd, Anne M. Cherokee: An Independent Nation. Mankato, MN:  Bridgestone Books, 2003. 48 pp. Contents:  The Cherokee -- Life Among the Cherokee -- Conflicts and Cultural Exchange -- Life in a Modern World -- Sharing the Old Ways (WorldCat).

Toone, Betty L. Appalachia: The Mountains, the Place, and the People. Photographs by Joyce Hoffman. First Book series. New York: F. Watts, 1972. 90 pp. "Describes the geographical and historical background of the Appalachian Mountains, the life of the people today, and the legends of the area."

Wach, Martin, Delia B. Wach, and Jason Lynch. Teddy Bear Helps on the Farm. Terra Alta, WV: Headline Kids, 2008. "Teddy Bear Helps on the Farm is a unique collection of short stories and activities written by the children of Appalachia to inspire others. This inaugural edition was introduced at the Bob Evans Farm Festival 2007. The project symbolizes the power of children to impact their community and inspire others to lead successful and generous lives. This book reminds us everyone has potential, no matter their abilities. The book is intended to be for children and their families to explore and engage in activities together and have fun coloring and reading."

Wallner, Rosemary. Wynonna Judd: Country Music Star. Reaching for the Stars series. Abdo & Daughters, 1991. 32 pp. "Describes how Wynonna Judd and her mother Naomi got into the music business by forming the wildly successful and award-winning duo, the Judds."

Walser, Richard Gaither. Picturebook of Tar Heel Authors. Raleigh, NC: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1957. (children's book cited in VA Authors as including Richard Chase)

Warmuth, Donna Akers. Abingdon, Virginia: Images of America. Charleston, SC: Arcadia, 2002. 128 pp. "This is a collection of historic photographs and postcards of Abingdon, Virginia. The history of this unique town is shown through fascinating, rare images of buildings, churches, schools, streets, people and businesses. The history of Abingdon comes alive for the reader" (Donna Akers Warmuth).   

Warmuth, Donna Akers. Boone, North Carolina:  Images of America. Charleston, SC:  Arcadia, 2003. 128 pp. "Collection of 200 historic photographs and postcards of Boone, showing its growth from a hunting camp to the thriving diverse college town of today" (Donna Akers Warmuth).

Wells, Rosemary. Mary on Horseback: Three Mountain Stories. New York:  Dial, 1998. Grades 3-6. Biography of the famous nurse Mary Breckinridge. "Tells the stories of three families who were helped by the work of Mary Breckinridge, the first nurse to go to the Appalachian mountains and give medical care to the isolated inhabitants."

Whisnant, Anne Mitchell and David E. Whisnant. When the Parkway Came. Chapel Hill, NC: Primary Source Publishers, 2010. 47 pp. Photographic history of the Blue Ridge Parkway, which was 75 years old in 2010. The text is a first-person fictionalized narrative based on the real family of S. A. Miller; an eight-year-old child tells about drives on the Parkway with her grandfather, who tells her about the period of time when the Parkway was built, taking land that went right through the family farm in western NC when the grandfather was a boy. "The Parkway's Past and Future: A Historical Note" is 2 pages at the end with a map. Sources of the many historic photographs are given.

Whitaker, Kent. Why are the Mountains Smoky? Neat Facts About the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Illus. Kent Whitaker. Johnson City, TN:  Overmountain Press, 2004. See the Trivia Page in AppLit for an interesting tidbit of information on this particular book.

White, Anne Terry. The False Treaty: The Removal of the Cherokees from Georgia. New York: Scholastic, 1970. 128 pp. Traces the history of the Cherokee Indians from 1600 to 1839 when their struggle to save their land was lost and they were forcibly removed to the West (WorldCat).

Widener, Sandra. The Heart of Appalachia. Newbridge Educational Publishing, 2005. 24 pp. A Read to Learn social studies book. "Read how the people of this area created their own culture, from crafting furniture and weaving cloth to telling stories and playing country music and find out how Appalachia has changed and what draws visitors to it."

Wilkie, Katharine E, and Elizabeth R. Moseley. Frontier Nurse: Mary Breckinridge. New York: Messner, 1969. 195 pp. "A biography of the woman who gave up the riches and comfort of her aristocratic birth to serve as a nurse in the Kentucky mountains where she established the Frontier Nursing Service."

Wright, Watkins. E. Frontier Nurse. Arcadia, 1947. WorldCat gives the same description for this book and the one by Wilkie and Moseley, above, and the same page count. It is unclear whether part of this is in error, but evidence for the existence of both books with different authors and dates can be found elsewhere.

Zaunders, Bo. The Great Bridge-Building Contest. Illus. Roxie Munro. New York: Abrams, 2004. Picture book about a contest to design a bridge across the Tygart River to Philippi, WV. Lemuel Chenoweth (1811-87) used simple oak sticks to construct his model in front of state delegates and other contestants in Richmond. Then he propped his model on two chairs and walked on it to show its extraordinary strength. In 1852 the bridge "became the pride of Philippi, and the wonder of the whole region." Citizens saved it from destruction by the Union Army and it is the only covered bridge on a federal highway today.  Famous covered bridges across America are depicted at the end of the book, as well as a brief biography of Chenoweth (who spent his life in Beverly, WV) and photographs. The illustrator is Chenoweth's great-great-great-granddaughter. The illustrations "are line drawings painted with a layered watercolor technique using India and colored inks."
 

Additional AppLit Resources: 

Davy Crockett and Sally Ann Thunder Ann Whirlwind Crockett
Mad Ann Bailey
Picture Books with Cherokee Themes
Nature and the Environment in Appalachian Literature
Realistic Appalachian Picture Books

Index of AppLit Pages by Genre: Nonfiction

Other Appalachian Literature for Adults about Childhood - lists some biographies

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