In a recent article, Sandra Belton, a Beckley native and author of books for children, wrote, "When I was a young girl growing up in the glorious hills of West Virginia, I discovered my imagination was the most perfect train I would ever ride, and the best fuel for my train was books." Today, Sandra Belton's own books are part of an ever-lengthening train of children's books written by West Virginians. The following lists feature a selection of these authors.


Selected West Virginia Authors of Children's Literature:

CLAIR BEE: numerous titles in the Chip Hilton Sports Series, including: HOOP CRAZY and A PASS AND A PRAYER

SANDRA BELTON: FROM MISS IDA'S PORCH; Ernestine and Amanda Series: ERNESTINE AND AMANDA; SUMMER CAMP, READY OR NOT!; MEMBERS OF THE C.L.U.B.

DAVID BICE: MAD ANNE BAILEY; THE PRINGLE TREE

DROLLENE BROWN: SYBIL RIDES FOR INDEPENDENCE; BELVA LOCKWOOD WINS HER CASE

PEARL BUCK: numerous titles, including THE BIG WAVE; THE BIG FIGHT; CHRISTMAS MINIATURE

Kate Buckley: LOVE NOTES

BETSY BYARS: numerous titles, including AFTER THE GOAT MAN; CRACKER JACKSON; THE GLORY GIRL; GOOD-BYE, CHICKEN LITTLE; THE NIGHT SWIMMERS; TROUBLE RIVER; and the Newbery winner SUMMER OF THE SWANS

ADJOA BURROWES: GRANDMA'S PURPLE FLOWERS; illustrator of THE SEED SONG; UNDER THE SKY; MY STEPS


 Adjoa J. Burrowes

LENORA CALDWELL: THE SECRET IN THE OLD MODEL T; WHAT HAPPENED TO GRANDMA?

BONNIE COLLINS: ROCKS IN MY POCKETS co-authored with Marc Harshman

NANCY EVANS COONEY: THE WOBBLY TOOTH; THE BLANKET THAT HAS TO GO; DONALD SAYS THUMBS DOWN; UMBRELLA DAY;GO AWAY MONSTERS, LICKETY SPLIT; CHATTERBOX JAMIE

JULIA DAVIS: VAINO; MOUNTAINS ARE FREE; MOUNT UP; PETER HALE; REMEMBER AND FORGET

ROBYN EVERSOLE: THE MAGIC HOUSE; THE FLUTE PLAYER; FLOOD FISH; THE GIFT STONE; RED BERRY WOOL


Robyn Eversole

ALBERTA PIERSON HANNUM: PAINT THE WIND

MARC HARSHMAN: A LITTLE EXCITEMENT; SNOW COMPANY; ROCKS IN MY POCKETS;ONLY ONE; UNCLE JAMES; MOVING DAYS; THE STORM; ALL THE WAY TO MORNING


Cheryl Ryan Harshman, Marc Harshman, Anna Egan Smucker, Laurence Yep

MARY HAYNES: POT BELLY TALES; WORDCHANGER; CATCH THE SEA; THE GREAT PRETENDERS; RAIDER'S SKY

GLORIA GOLDEN HEASTER: BETTY ZANE

JULIETTE ANN HOLLEY: JAMIE LEMME SEE

ELIZABETH FITZGERALD HOWARD: THE TRAIN TO LULU'S; AUNT FLOSSIE'S HATS (& CRAB CAKES LATER); WHAT'S IN AUNT MARY'S ROOM?; CHITA'S CHRISTMAS TREE; PAPA TELLS CHITA A STORY; MAC & MARIE AND THE TRAIN TOSS SURPRISE

CHRISTOPHER JANUS: MISS 4TH OF JULY, GOODBYE

SHIRLEY KURTZ: APPLESAUCE; BIRTHDAY CHICKENS; THE BOY AND THE QUILT

JEAN LEE LATHAM: numerous nonfiction titles, including the Newbery winner CARRY ON, MR. BOWDITCH

LLEWELLYN MCKERNAN: THIS IS THE DAY; THIS IS THE NIGHT

FLORENCE MUSGRAVE: DOGS IN THE FAMILY; MARY LIZZIE; STARS OVER THE TENT

WALTER DEAN MYERS: numerous titles including: SCORPIONS; HOOPS; WON'T KNOW TILL I GET THERE; SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS; THE YOUNG LANDLORDS; NOW IS YOUR TIME! THE AFRICAN-AMERICAN STRUGGLE FOR FREEDOM


Walter Dean Myers and Phyllis Wilson Moore

ISAAC OLALEYE: BITTER BANANAS; DISTANT TALKING DRUM: POEMS FROM NIGERIA

MELVILLE DAVISSON POST: DWELLERS IN THE HILLS

CHERYL RYAN: SALLY ARNOLD 

CYNTHIA RYLANT: numerous titles, including APPALACHIA: THE VOICES OF SLEEPING BIRDS; CHILDREN OF CHRISTMAS; A FINE WHITE DUST; MISS MAGGIE; THE RELATIVES CAME; WHEN I WAS YOUNG IN THE MOUNTAINS; and the Newbery winner MISSING MAY


Cynthia Rylant

BRENDA SEABROOKE: numerous titles including: JUDY SCUPPERNONG; THE BRIDGES OF SUMMER; THE DRAGON THAT ATE SUMMER; THE CARE AND FEEDING OF DRAGONS; THE HAUNTING OF HOLROYD HILL; JERRY ON THE LINE; LOOKING FOR DIAMONDS; THE VAMPIRE IN MY BATHTUB


Brenda Seabrooke

STELLA CROSS SHEETER: EARLY CANDLELIGHT STORIES; WHEN GRANDMA WAS A LITTLE GIRL

ELLEN HARVEY SHOWELL: OUR MOUNTAIN; CECELIA AND THE BLUE MOUNTAIN BOY; THE TRICKSTER GHOST

JOSEPH SLATE: MISS BINDERGARTEN GETS READY FOR KINDERGARTEN; MISS BINDERGARTEN CELEBRATES THE 100TH DAY OF KINDERGARTEN; WHO IS COMING TO OUR HOUSE?; SECRET STARS; CROSSING THE TRESTLE


Joseph Slate

AGNES SMITH: THE BLUEGREEN TREE; AN EDGE OF THE FOREST

ANNA EGAN SMUCKER: NO STAR NIGHTS; OUTSIDE THE WINDOW

FELIX SUTTON: numerous titles, including AMERICA DURING FOUR WARS; THE BIG BOOK OF CATS; WE WERE THERE AT PEARL HARBOR; THE VALIANT VIRGINIAN (STONEWALL JACKSON)

BEVERLY VAN HOOK: the Supergranny series: SUPERGRANNY: SECRET OF DEVIL MOUNTAIN; SUPERGRANNY: MYSTERY OF THE SHRUNKEN HEADS; THE GHOST OF HEIDELBERG CASTLE

CHERYL WARE: FLEA CIRCUS SUMMER; CATTY-CORNERED; VENOLA IN LOVE


Cheryl Ware And Sam

MEREDITH SUE WILLIS: THE SECRET SUPER POWERS OF MARCO; MARCO'S MONSTER

BECKY WILSON-KELLY: MOTHER GRUMPY'S DOG BISCUITS


 
Becky Wilson-Kelly


Selected Authors of Books Set in West Virginia:

Joan Anderson: PIONEER CHILDREN OF APPALACHIA

Marie Bradby: MORE THAN ANYTHING ELSE (about Booker T. Washington)

Truman Capote: I REMEMBER GRANDPA

Jane Louise Curry: THE BIRDSTONES; THE DAYBREAKERS; THE WATCHERS

Jean Fritz: STONEWALL

Mary R. Furbee: SHAWNEE CAPTIVE: THE STORY ON MARY DRAPER INGLES;
ANNE BAILEY: FRONTIER SCOUT

Mary Downing Hahn: THE TIME OF THE WITCH

Dennis Haseley: SHADOWS

Lois Lenski: COAL CAMP GIRL

Colleen O'Shaughnessy McKenna: THE BRIGHTEST LIGHT

Patricia and Frederick McKissack: CARTER G. WOODSON: THE FATHER OF BLACK HISTORY

Phyllis Reynolds Naylor: Newbery winner SHILOH, and sequels SHILOH SEASON; SAVING SHILOH; JOSIE'S TROUBLES; SEND NO BLESSINGS; WRESTLE THE MOUNTAIN

Laurence Yep: THE STAR FISHER; DREAM SOUL

Jane Yolen: UNCLE LEMON'S SPRING


Moore and Jane Yolen


A Sampling of West Virginia Folklore:

Stephen D. Brown: HAUNTED HOUSES OF HARPERS FERRY

Elizabeth and Carl Carmer: TONY BEAVER, GRIDDLE SKATER

Mary Cober: TONY BEAVER

Susan Crites: CONFEDERATE GHOSTS; UNION GHOSTS; LIVELY GHOSTS; MURDER IN MARTINSBURG, WEST VIRGINIA

Dennis Deitz: THE GREENBRIER GHOST: AND OTHER STRANGE STORIES

Patrick Gainer: WITCHES, GHOSTS AND SIGNS: FOLKLORE OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Ezra Jack Keats: JOHN HENRY: AN AMERICAN LEGEND

Julius Lester: JOHN HENRY

Gerald Milnes: GRANNY, WILL YOUR DOG BITE, AND OTHER MOUNTAIN RHYMES; PLAY OF A FIDDLE: TRADITIONAL MUSIC, DANCE, & FOLKLORE IN WEST VIRGINIA

Margaret Prescott Montague: UP EEL RIVER

Ruth Ann Musick: BALLADS, FOLK SONGS AND FOLK TALES FROM WEST VIRGINIA; COFFIN HOLLOW, AND OTHER GHOST TALES; GREEN HILLS OF MAGIC: WEST VIRGINIA FOLKTALES FROM EUROPE; THE TELLTALE LILAC BUSH AND OTHER WEST VIRGINIA GHOST TALES

 

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