Each year the librarians at the Orem Library pick one book to read as a community. This fall, we’ve traveled to the Appalachian Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina for The Ballad of Frankie Silver by Sharyn McCrumb. Click here to learn more about Orem Reads and to find out how you can receive your free copy of the The Ballad of Frankie Silver. To accompany the chosen novel this year, we’ve found 5 of our favorite children’s books set in Appalachia.

5 Children's Books Set in Appalachia

When I was Young in the Mountains

By Cynthia Rylant
Picture Book

The son of a Pentecostal preacher faces his personal demons as he and his two outcast friends try to make it through their senior year of high school in rural Forrestville, Tennessee without letting the small-town culture destroy their creative spirits and sense of self.

5 Children's Books Set in Appalachia | Librarian List

Books by Horseback : A Librarian’s Brave Journey to Deliver Books to Children

By Emma Carlson Berne
Picture Book

A young librarian rides a pack horse through the mountains to deliver books to children in Appalachia during the Great Depression.

5 Children's Books Set in Appalachia | Librarian List

The Rag Coat

By Lauren Mills
Picture Book

Minna proudly wears her new coat made of clothing scraps to school, where the other children laugh at her until she tells them the stories behind the scraps.

5 Children's Books Set in Appalachia | Librarian List

Navigating Early

By Clare Vanderpool
Junior Fiction

Two boys undertake an incredible quest on the Appalachian Trail where they deal with pirates, buried secrets, and extraordinary encounters.

5 Children's Books Set in Appalachia | Librarian List

Willa of the Wood

By Robert Beatty
Junior Fiction

In the late 1800s, a twelve-year-old nightspirit living in the Great Smoky Mountains despairs as homesteaders destroy her forest habitat, until a chance encounter with a “day-folk” man changes everything she thought she knew about her people–and their greatest enemy.


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