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Young Palmetto Books

The University of South Carolina Press and the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy launched the Young Palmetto Books series with the goal of featuring South Carolina-centric material that aims to enrich literacy efforts for children of all ages.

Giving Young Readers Something New to Leaf Through 

In keeping with the mission of enrichment of the state's cultural and natural legacy, Young Palmetto Books focuses not only on material pertaining to South Carolina, but also relies on the talents of writers and artists who have a connection with the state. The first book in the series, "Fragments of the Ark," tells the account of Civil War-era slave Robert Smalls and his daring commandeering of a Confederate vessel.

USC's first lady, Patricia Moore-Pastides, "Greek Revival from the Garden," is the author of the second book, one that encourages the use of personal gardens and offers recipes that utilize the produce of those gardens.

Two more books, a picture book biography of South Carolina’s own Dr.  Charles Townes and a graphic novella called "Aids in the EndZone" are also available.