Kentucky

Fiction:

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Faith, Hope, and Ivy June by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor (2009)

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Set in Kentucky, two school girls take part in an exchange program that takes them to different parts of the state where they stay in each other’s homes and go to school together.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Yearling; Reprint edition (June 14, 2011)
  • ISBN-10 : 0375844910
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375844911


Tadpole by Ruth White (2004)

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Set in rural Kentucky in 1955, ten-year-old Carolina’s cousin Tadpole comes for a visit and transforms things.

  • Reading age : 10 years and up
  • Publisher : Yearling; Later Printing edition (December 14, 2004)
  • ISBN-10 : 0440419794
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0440419792

To Come and Go Like Magic by Katie Pickard Fawcett (2010)

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Set in Mercy Hill, a small Appalachian town in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Chili Sue yearns to travel the world. When a substitute teacher who has traveled comes into her life she finally has an opportunity to find out what she is missing, although it might not be what she thinks. 

  • Reading age : 10 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (February 9, 2010)
  • ISBN-10 : 0375858466
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0375858468

Tarantula Shoes by Tom Birdseye (1996)

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When he and his family move from Arizona to Kentucky, Ryan’s life changes in more ways than one. Will he be able to get those special shoes he’s sure will help him be accepted?

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Puffin (May 1, 1996)
  • ISBN-10 : 014037955X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0140379556

Kentucky Troll by Juanita Havill and illustrated by Bert Dodson

Library binding

A troll moves from Sweden to the back country of Kentucky, where he uses magic powder to make butter and tries to blend in with the humans.

  • Reading age : 7 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Lothrop Lee & Shepard; 1st edition (March 1, 1993)
  • ISBN-10 : 0688104584
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0688104580


Nonfiction:

Down Cut Shin Creek: The Pack Horse Librarians of Kentucky by Kathi Appelt and Jeanne Cannella Schmitzer (2001)

Hardcover

About the Pack Horse Librarian project during the Great Depression, for middle grade and up.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Purple House Press (July 1, 2019)
  • ISBN-10 : 1948959100
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1948959100

Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells (2000) 

Paperback | Library binding

Biography of Mary Breckinridge, a nurse who helped families in rural Kentucky during the 1920s.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Puffin Books; Reprint edition (October 23, 2000)
  • ISBN-10 : 9780141308159
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0141308159

D is for Derby: A Kentucky Derby Alphabet by Helen L. Wilbur and illustrated by Jaime Corum

Kindle | Hardcover

All about the Kentucky Derby from A to Z. Includes all aspects of of thoroughbred breeding and racing, such as jockeys, Bluegrass farms and owners, and the most famous horses.

  • Reading age : 8 – 11 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press (January 15, 2014)
  • ISBN-10 : 158536813X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585368136

B Is For Bluegrass: A Kentucky Alphabet by Mary Ann McCabe Riehle and illustrated by Wes Burgiss

Kindle | Hardcover

Part of the Discover America State by State series, this alphabet book combines rhyming verse that begs to be read loud with sidebars to interest older readers.

  • Reading age : 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated edition (November 12, 2002)
  • ISBN-10 : 1585360562
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585360567

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