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South Carolina Books

Welcome to South Carolina, where the tea is sweet and the sun shines brightly. The list below contains titles by South Carolina authors, stories that take place in South Carolina, and books about the history and culture of the Palmetto State. From the mountains to the Midlands, children will enjoy learning more about South Carolina and the stories that make up the rich history of the state.

The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of South Carolina books.


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Charley's Columbia Backyard by Caroline Coleman Bennett
Amazon Says: Columbia native Charley shows new next-door neighbor, Bernard, all the wonderful aspects of South Carolina's capital city. more...
Amazon Says: Columbia native Charley shows new next-door neighbor, Bernard, all the wonderful aspects of South Carolina's capital city. less...
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Ron's Big Mission by Rose Blue
Amazon Says: Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in t more...
Amazon Says: Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron?s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage?it is a young man?s fi rst courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair?s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance. less...
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Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson
Amazon Says: Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced more...
Amazon Says: Soonie's great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, and with only some fabric and needles to call her own. She pieced together bright patches with names like North Star and Crossroads, patches with secret meanings made into quilts called Show Ways -- maps for slaves to follow to freedom. When she grew up and had a little girl, she passed on this knowledge. And generations later, Soonie -- who was born free -- taught her own daughter how to sew beautiful quilts to be sold at market and how to read. From slavery to freedom, through segregation, freedom marches and the fight for literacy, the tradition they called Show Way has been passed down by the women in Jacqueline Woodson's family as a way to remember the past and celebrate the possibilities of the future. Beautifully rendered in Hudson Talbott's luminous art, this moving, lyrical account pays tribute to women whose strength and knowledge illuminate their daughters' lives. less...
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A Sweet, Sweet Basket by Margie Willis Clary
Amazon Says: A modern day story rich in history and tradition. A wonderful tribute to the skill and dedication of the sweetgrass basketweavers of Mt. Pleasant, SC who have preserved from e more...
Amazon Says: A modern day story rich in history and tradition. A wonderful tribute to the skill and dedication of the sweetgrass basketweavers of Mt. Pleasant, SC who have preserved from extinction an age-old African craft. Keisha is fascinated by the sweetgrass baskets Grandma weaves and sells in her roadside stand. When Grandma agrees to teach her how to make her own basket, Keisha learns about much more than just basket weaving. She learns about her family s great heritage. less...
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Amazon Says: P is for Palmetto is a collection of evocative pages of watercolor that covers this beautiful southeastern state from A to Z. Carol Crane captures the diverse features of Sout more...
Amazon Says: P is for Palmetto is a collection of evocative pages of watercolor that covers this beautiful southeastern state from A to Z. Carol Crane captures the diverse features of South Carolina with her flowing verse and solid expository text, while, within the images of Mary Whyte, you can almost envision yourself standing in the vast cotton fields and walking along the sandy shores of its stunning coastline. South Carolinians, young and old, will treasure P is for Palmetto and educators will find its two-tiered teaching format extremely useful in their classrooms. less...
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Amazon Says: Called the "great blue mountains of god" by the Cherokee, the Blue Ridge Mountains are only one of the wonders you will read about in Net Numbers: A South Carolina Number Book more...
Amazon Says: Called the "great blue mountains of god" by the Cherokee, the Blue Ridge Mountains are only one of the wonders you will read about in Net Numbers: A South Carolina Number Book. Hours of entertainment await you as you learn about everything from Frogmore Stew and Clemson Blue Cheese, to Four Holes Swamp and Catawba Pottery. Whether spotted salamanders, 1000-year-old trees or sandy beaches, there is plenty in South Carolina to discover by the numbers.Carol Crane is the author of 11 books with Sleeping Bear Press, including P is for Palmetto: A South Carolina Alphabet. She frequently speaks at reading conferences and schools. Carol lives with her husband in Holly Springs, North Carolina. This is illustrator Gary Palmer's third book with Sleeping Bear Press. He and his family live in Charlotte, North Carolina. less...
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Amazon Says: How to Draw South Carolina's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) is a colorful, fact-filled, library-bound volume that provides a comprehensive introduction more...
Amazon Says: How to Draw South Carolina's Sights and Symbols (A Kid's Guide to Drawing America) is a colorful, fact-filled, library-bound volume that provides a comprehensive introduction to significant sights and symbols of South Carolina. History, geography, economy, and cultural and natural landmarks of South Carolina are all explored. less...
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Amazon Says: Robert Smalls stood at the Planter's wheel. Only seven miles of water lay between the ship and the Union blockade. For Robert, his family, and his crewmates, reaching the bloc more...
Amazon Says: Robert Smalls stood at the Planter's wheel. Only seven miles of water lay between the ship and the Union blockade. For Robert, his family, and his crewmates, reaching the blockade would mean a chance at freedom. Growing up a slave in South Carolina, Robert Smalls had always dreamed of the moment freedom would be within his grasp. Now it was here, and all the lives aboard the Planter were in Robert's hands. With precision and daring, he would have to navigate past the forts ahead and steer the ship to the safety of the Union fleet. Just one miscalculation could be deadly, but for Robert and the others it was a risk worth taking. Seven Miles to Freedom is a compelling account of the daring escape of Robert Smalls, a slave steamboat wheelman who would become one of the Civil War's greatest heroes. His steadfast courage in the face of adversity serves a model for all who must overcome the seemingly insurmountable. less...
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Amazon Says: To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an e more...
Amazon Says: To us it is just dirt, the ground we walk on... But to Dave it was clay, the plain and basic stuff upon which he formed a life as a slave nearly 200 years ago. Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant poetry, carved onto his pots, transcending the limitations he faced as a slave. In this inspiring and lyrical portrayal, National Book Award nominee Laban Carrick Hill's elegantly simple text and award-winning artist Bryan Collier's resplendent, earth-toned illustrations tell Dave's story, a story rich in history, hope, and long-lasting beauty. less...
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Amazon Says: This special picture book offers a window into the African American community of Columbia, South Carolina, during the early twentieth century. While the town is specific, the more...
Amazon Says: This special picture book offers a window into the African American community of Columbia, South Carolina, during the early twentieth century. While the town is specific, the themes and photographs are universal--weddings and funerals, teachers and preachers, sassy cars and baseball teams, and, of course, families of all sizes. More than half a century later, Richard Samuel Roberts's photographs and Dinah Johnson's lyrical text come together to illustrate the pride, joy, and strength of a bustling community. less...
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Amazon Says: Rainbow-painted houses, yummy shrimp stew, war heroes, prowling pirates, kudzu monsters, leaping dolphins…and a wren in a palmetto tree: that's a South Carolina Christmas, a more...
Amazon Says: Rainbow-painted houses, yummy shrimp stew, war heroes, prowling pirates, kudzu monsters, leaping dolphins…and a wren in a palmetto tree: that's a South Carolina Christmas, and Laura is experiencing it all for the first time! Kids will love exploring this magical southern state with her. less...
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Turtle Tracks by Sally Harman Plowden
Amazon Says: Both narrative and educational, Turtle Tracks follows one family's annual visit to a Southeastern beach where a young girl learns first-hand about loggerhead turtles and their more...
Amazon Says: Both narrative and educational, Turtle Tracks follows one family's annual visit to a Southeastern beach where a young girl learns first-hand about loggerhead turtles and their struggle for survival. Illustrated with rich watercolor paintings, the 32-page book is geared towards students who will study the turtles in science classes, on field trips or to satisfy their own budding curiosity. less...
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Circle Unbroken by Margot Theis Raven
Amazon Says: Keeping the African heritage alive As she teaches her granddaughter to sew a traditional sweetgrass basket, a grandmother weaves a story, going back generations to her old-ti more...
Amazon Says: Keeping the African heritage alive As she teaches her granddaughter to sew a traditional sweetgrass basket, a grandmother weaves a story, going back generations to her old-timey grandfather's village in faraway Africa. There, as a boy, he learned to make baskets so tightly woven they could hold the rain. Even after being stolen away to a slave ship bound for America, he remembers what he learned and passes these memories on to his children - as they do theirs, so that . . . when your fingers talk just right that circle will go out and out again - past slavery and freedom, old ways and new, and your basket will hold the past . . . This powerful picture book, with its rhythmic text and evocative paintings, spirals through time, becoming a triumphant song - a rich story of a craft, a culture, and a people. less...
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Ghosts from the Coast by Nancy Roberts
Amazon Says: Acclaimed storyteller Nancy Roberts takes the reader on a haunted tour of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in this engaging new collection of thirty-three g more...
Amazon Says: Acclaimed storyteller Nancy Roberts takes the reader on a haunted tour of coastal North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia in this engaging new collection of thirty-three ghost stories and legends. In North Carolina, we hear of the restless spirit who troubles visitors to the Currituck Beach Lighthouse and the phantom ship that, though lost in a storm at sea, sailed into Beaufort Harbor for a final farewell. South Carolina provides the backdrop for tales such as that of the Union soldier killed at Charleston's Fort Sumter--more than a century later, a tourist is startled to discover the eerie, blue-coated figure of the soldier standing next to him. And in Georgia, we encounter ghostly pirates doomed to sail the creeks and inlets of St. Simons Island forever without rest, as well as rambunctious child spirits who roll pool balls down the hallways of a Savannah bed and breakfast, just as they did when their family lived in the house following the Civil War. These new tales and classic legends, all collected firsthand by the author, reveal a thrilling undercurrent to some of the southern coast's most popular destinations. less...
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Carolina Shout! by Alan Schroeder
Amazon Says: Through the eyes of young Delia, who hears music wherever she goes, readers are transported to a bygone time in Charleston, South Carolina, when the shouts of vendors filled t more...
Amazon Says: Through the eyes of young Delia, who hears music wherever she goes, readers are transported to a bygone time in Charleston, South Carolina, when the shouts of vendors filled the city streets from morning till night. The Waffle Man, the Pepper-Sauce Man, the vegetable vendors, and others each had their own song, and this book is a reminder that their voices shouldn't be forgotten. Full-color illustrations. less...
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The Frog Scientist by Pamela S. Turner
Amazon Says: The critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field book about how one boy’s interest in backyard science inspired a career in scientific discovery. When Tyrone Hayes was growin more...
Amazon Says: The critically acclaimed Scientist in the Field book about how one boy’s interest in backyard science inspired a career in scientific discovery. When Tyrone Hayes was growing up in South Carolina, he didn’t worry about pesticides. He just liked to collect frogs. Tyrone’s interest in science led him to Harvard University, and though he struggled at first, he found his calling in the research lab of an amphibian scientist. Meanwhile, scientists discovered that all around the globe, frogs were dying. The decline has many causes, including habitat loss and disease. Tyrone discovered that the most commonly used pesticide in the United States, atrazine, may also play a role. Tyrone tested atrazine on frogs in his lab at Berkeley. He found that the chemical caused some of the male frogs to develop into bizarre half-male, half-female frogs. What was going on? That’s what Tyrone wants to find out. less...
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Shackles by Marjory Wentworth
Amazon Says: Based on a true story, Shackles describes what happens when a group of boys--Hunter and his younger brothers, Oliver and Taylor, and three friends--search for buried treasure more...
Amazon Says: Based on a true story, Shackles describes what happens when a group of boys--Hunter and his younger brothers, Oliver and Taylor, and three friends--search for buried treasure in their backyard on Sullivan s Island, South Carolina. When they unexpectedly dig up shackles, instead of the treasure they were hoping for, they are sad and confused. Neighbor and friend Mr. Green is summoned, and tries to explain the painful hidden history of Sullivan s Island. With 16 original illustrations. less...
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Amazon Says: The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the more...
Amazon Says: The story of one family’s journey north during the Great Migration starts with a little girl in South Carolina who finds a rope under a tree one summer. She has no idea the rope will become part of her family’s history. But for three generations, that rope is passed down, used for everything from jump rope games to tying suitcases onto a car for the big move north to New York City, and even for a family reunion where that first little girl is now a grandmother. Newbery Honor–winning author Jacqueline Woodson and Coretta Scott King Award–winning illustrator James Ransome use the rope to frame a thoughtful and moving story as readers follow the little girl’s journey. During the time of the Great Migration, millions of African American families relocated from the South, seeking better opportunities. With grace and poignancy, Woodson’s lilting storytelling and Ransome’s masterful oil paintings of country and city life tell a rich story of a family adapting to change as they hold on to the past and embrace the future. less...
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Pirates of the Carolinas by Terrance Zepke
Amazon Says: Pirates of the Carolinas discusses thirteen of the most intriguing buccaneers in the history of piracy, including Henry Avery, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack, Stede Bonnet more...
Amazon Says: Pirates of the Carolinas discusses thirteen of the most intriguing buccaneers in the history of piracy, including Henry Avery, Anne Bonny, Mary Read, Calico Jack, Stede Bonnet, and Captain Kidd. These men and women are all connected somehow to the Carolinas. In this new edition you?ll find an all-new chapter on Blackbeard. Includes new sections such as The Truth about Piracy, How to Talk Like a Pirate, a list of pirate movies, a pirate quiz, and more. less...
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Amazon Says: In the Gullah tradition, as in West African heritage, children are given "basket names," or nicknames, at birth. Little Muddy Waters was so named because of his pretty, dark more...
Amazon Says: In the Gullah tradition, as in West African heritage, children are given "basket names," or nicknames, at birth. Little Muddy Waters was so named because of his pretty, dark complextion. The author's real-life cousin was called Muddy Waters because the midwife had to cross a muddy river to attend his delivery. less...
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Neeny Coming, Neeny Going by Karen English
Amazon Says: Essie is excited to see her cousin Neeny, who recently moved to the South Carolina mainland from Daufuskie Island. Neeny is now a fancy young lady, no longer interested in the more...
Amazon Says: Essie is excited to see her cousin Neeny, who recently moved to the South Carolina mainland from Daufuskie Island. Neeny is now a fancy young lady, no longer interested in the island way of life. But does anyone ever really forget their roots? Essie knows the answer and gives her cousin a special gift that wil l always keep the island close to her. Full color. less...
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Beauty, Her Basket by Sandra Belton
Amazon Says: Sea grass basket . . . Sweetgrass basket . . . Beauty, Her Basket. "I stick my nose inside the basket as far as it can go. I want to smell its secrets." Sandra Belt more...
Amazon Says: Sea grass basket . . . Sweetgrass basket . . . Beauty, Her Basket. "I stick my nose inside the basket as far as it can go. I want to smell its secrets." Sandra Belton and Cozbi A. Cabrera invite you to the Sea Islands, where a young girl, her cousin Victor, and their Nana are spending the summer together. There will be stories to share and pictures to see and secrets worth knowing. Secrets about these times and the old times and tomorrow, too. less...
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Amazon Says: In the Gullah tradition, as in West African heritage, children are given "basket names," or nicknames, at birth. Little Muddy Waters was so named because of his pretty, dark more...
Amazon Says: In the Gullah tradition, as in West African heritage, children are given "basket names," or nicknames, at birth. Little Muddy Waters was so named because of his pretty, dark complextion. The author's real-life cousin was called Muddy Waters because the midwife had to cross a muddy river to attend his delivery. less...
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