South Carolina

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Princess and the Peas by Rachel Himes

Kindle | Hardcover

This retelling of the classic tale is set in Charleston County, South Carolina in the mid-1950s. Ma Sally is the best cook around, and when it is time from her son to marry, she devises a contest to see who can cook the best black-eyed peas.

Reading age ‏ : ‎ 5 – 8 years
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Charlesbridge; Illustrated edition (April 11, 2017)
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1580897185
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1580897181

Carolina Shout! by Alan Schroeder and illustrated by Bernie Fuchs


Young Delia listens to the songs and shouts of pre-WWII street vendors in Charleston, South Carolina. Out of print and hard to find.

  • Age Range: 7 and up 
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; 1st edition (September 1, 1995)
  • ISBN-10: 0803716761
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803716766

The Small Adventure of Popeye and Elvis by Barbara O’Connor (2012)

Kindle | Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover

Popeye thinks things are pretty slow in Fayette, South Carolina until Elvis Jewell and his family show up.

  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Square Fish; Reprint edition (January 4, 2011)
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0312659326
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0312659325


Seven Miles to Freedom: The Robert Smalls Story by Janet Halfmann and illustrated by Duane Smith

Paperback | Hardcover

Born into slavery in South Carolina, young Robert Smalls worked his way up to the esteemed position as a wheelman on a wooden steamboat named the Planter that carried supplies for the Confederate army. With patience and ingenuity, he developed a plan to take his family on the boat and make a daring run for freedom. Would it work?

  • Age Range: 8 – 11 years
  • Publisher: Lee & Low Books (February 25, 2020)
  • ISBN-10: 1643790161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1643790169

Hey, Charleston!: The True Story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne F. Rockwell and illustrated by Colin Bootman

Kindle | Library binding

Starting in the late 1800s, Reverend Daniel Joseph Jenkins gave some beat up old musical instruments to a group of orphans. The rest is musical magic.

  • Age Range: 7 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: 2 – 5
  • Publisher: Carolrhoda Books (November 1, 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 0761355650
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761355656

P Is For Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet by Carol Crane and illustrated by Mary Whyte 

Kindle | Hardcover

Beautifully illustrated alphabet book full of the history and facts about South Carolina. 

  • Age Range: 6 – 9 years
  • Publisher: Sleeping Bear Press; First Edition edition (October 11, 2002)
  • ISBN-10: 1585360473
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585360475

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