Mission Statement

Young Palmetto Books is a series of educational South Carolina-focused books for young readers. This series, published by the University of South Carolina Press, highlights South Carolina writers and subjects in smartly crafted books for children and young adults featuring educational themes and supporting materials for teachers and parents. In the spirit of the university's growing interests in K-12 outreach, this series expands USC Press's efforts to the benefit of younger generations of readers in partnership with the South Carolina Center for Children's Books and Literacy and its Cocky's Reading Express statewide literacy outreach program. 


Young Palmetto Books series editorial board:

Karen Heid, senior director of academic planning and associate professor of art, Augusta University

Kim Shealy Jeffcoat, director of development, College of Arts and Sciences, University of South Carolina

Dianne Johnson, professor, Department of English, University of South Carolina

Melinda Long, New York Times bestselling author of How I Became a Pirate

James E. McTeer III, winner of the 2015 South Carolina First Novel Prize for Minnow and a school librarian

Yang Wang, assistant professor, Department of Language and Literacy Education, University of South Carolina