AppLit Bibliographies

ppalachian Nonfiction for Children and Young Adults

Compiled by Judy A. Teaford and Tina L. Hanlon

Note: Other nonfiction works for children and young adults may be listed on other AppLit pages. (See Additional AppLit Resources at the bottom of this page). Others will be added to this bibliography as time allows. 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).

Anderson, Joan. Pioneer Children of Appalachia. Photo. George Ancona. New York: Clarion, 1986.

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."

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.

Bail, Raymond. Mist Over the Mountains: Appalachia and Its People. Boston: Houghton-Mifflin, 1997. Grades 4-7.

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).

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 book has been critically acclaimed, and was named a 2015 Caldecott honor book by ALSC.

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

Bruchac, Joseph. Trail of Tears. Illus. Diana Magnuson. New York:  Random House, 1999. 48 pp.

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" (Book Closeouts  

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.

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 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.

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 York: 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, Mary Draper Ingles, 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. John Wiley & Sons. (Features a few Appalachian women.) 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. By a Tennessee author.

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): 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, Fredrick 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.

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).

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."

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.

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.

Joseph, Judith Pinkerton. Mother Jones: Fierce Fighter for Workers' Rights. Minneapolis: Lerner, 1997. Grades 5-9. Biography.

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.

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.  

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.

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

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. About a guide dog for a blind hiker on the Appalachian Trail.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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. Based on real people from Bell County, Kentucky, this book contains photographs taken by the writer. 95 pages.

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.

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, a book for adult new readers commissioned by the West Virginia Humanities Council, was published in 1997. It is 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, edited and produced by Therese M. Hess for The West Virginia Humanities Council.

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).

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).

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."

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 Breckenridge.

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).

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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