Tennessee

The American Library Association has a more extensive list of children’s books about Tennessee published in 2002.

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Fiction:

The Twelve Days of Christmas in Tennessee by by Alice Faye Duncan and illustrated by Mary Reaves Uhles (2018)

Hardcover | Board book

Written by Tennessee native Alice Faye Duncan, this fact-filled fictional picture book uses a new take on layered text. The primary layer is a modified version of the popular Twelve Days of Christmas song appropriate for younger readers, starting with:

“On the first day of Christmas,
my cousin gave to me,
a mockingbird in a tulip poplar tree. “

What makes it unique is that the secondary text is epistolary — in the form of letters written from areas around the state. What a great idea! It attracts older readers and encourages the lost art of letter writing all in one.

To make it perfect to accompany a geography lesson, there’s a map of Tennessee on the title page labeled with the specific places the letters are written.

  • Reading ages : 5 and up
  • Publisher : Sterling Children’s Books; Illustrated edition (September 4, 2018)
  • ISBN-10 : 145492859X
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1454928591

Lorraine by Ketch Secor and illustrated by Higgins Bond (2018)

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

When Lorraine and her Pa Paw lose their harmonica and pennywhistle in a fierce storm, will they still be able to make music? Celebrates family and Tennessee’s musical roots.  

  • Reading ages: 4 – 8 years 
  • Publisher : Sourcebooks Jabberwocky; Illustrated edition (October 2, 2018) 
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1492616924  
  • ISBN-10 : 1492616923 

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Frank Morrison

Kindle | Audiobook | Paperback | Hardcover | Audio CD

Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist is coming and there’s going to be a big parade. Although Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee –just like Wilma once was — a new girl challenges Alta to a race. Is Alta still the fastest, like her hero?

Reading age : 5 – 8 years
Publisher : Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (February 9, 2016)
ISBN-10 : 1452129363
ISBN-13 : 978-1452129365


Luck with Potatoes by Helen Ketteman and illustrated by Brian Floca (1995)

Hardcover

A rousing tall tale about a Tennessee farmer whose outsized cows and crops cause him all sorts of trouble. (Out of print)

  • Reading ages :  4 – 8 years 
  • Publisher : Orchard Books (September 1, 1995) 
  • ISBN-10 : 0531094731 
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0531094730 

On Viney’s Mountain by Joan Donaldson (2014 edition)

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

Set in the 1880s in the Cumberland Mountains of Tennessee, sixteen-year-old Viney Walker doesn’t like the newcomers who are destroying the forests around her family’s farm. Or does she? 

  • Reading ages : 12 – 15 years 
  • Publisher : CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 2nd edition (July 3, 2014) 
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1500493745 
  • ISBN-10 : 1500493740 

Autumn Winifred Oliver Does Things Different by Kristin O’Donnell Tubb (2008)

Kindle | Paperback | Hardcover

Set in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee during 1934, eleven-year-old Autumn finds herself in the middle of a dilemma about making the Great Smokies into a national park.  

This boo was chosen to represent the State of Tennessee in the Pavilion of States at the 2009 National Book Festival.

  • Reading age : 8 – 12 years
  • Publisher : Yearling; 1st edition (March 9, 2010)
  • ISBN-10 : 0440422558
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0440422556


Nonfiction:

Tennessee by Myra S. Weatherly (2008)

Paperback | Library binding

Looks at the history, geography, government, places, and people of Tennessee, as well as general facts about the state.

  • Reading ages : 8 – 10 years 
  • Publisher : Childrens Pr (December 1, 2001) 
  • ISBN-10 : 0516223127 
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0516223124 

V is for Volunteer: A Tennessee Alphabet by Michael Shoulders and illustrated by Bruce Langton (2001)

Kindle | Hardcover

Part of the series of alphabet books from every state, this picture book explores Tennessee’s music and natural wonders.

  • Reading ages : 6 – 9 years 
  • Publisher : Sleeping Bear Press; Illustrated edition (April 23, 2001) 
  • ISBN-10 : 1585360333 
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1585360338 


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