Tennessee Children’s Books – 15 Great Kids Books About Tennessee

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The Ultimate Book List about Tennessee for Young Ones

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Children’s Books in Tennessee

Anything is Possible in Tennesseee

Step Right Up: How Doc and Jim Key Taught The World About Kindness, by Donna Janell Bowman and Daniel Minter

The Emancipation of Grandpa Sandy Wills, by Cheryl Wills and Randell Pearson

Coat of Many Colors, by Dolly Parton, illustrated by Brooke Boynton Hughes

Hammering for Freedom: The William Lewis Story, by Rita L. Hubbard and John Holyfield

 

Changemakers: Martin Luther King Jr. and Wilma Rudolph

Memphis, Martin, and the Mountaintop: The Sanitation Strike of 1968, by Alice Faye Duncan and R. Gregory Christie.

Make a Change, by Rhonda Rucker

Wilma Rudolph: Olympic Track Star, by Lee Engfer

The Quickest Kid in Clarksville, by Pat Zietlow Miller and Frank Morrison

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Seeing the Sights of Tennessee

John Philip Duck, by Patricia Polacco. This book is about the ducks at the Peabody Hotel, in Memphis.

Cleveland Lee’s Beale Street Band, by A.R. Flowers.

Sleep Tight Nashville, by Dave Dietrich, illustrated by Debbie Brown

Goodnight Memphis, by Grace Hammond Skertich, illustrated by David Lynch. Independently made book, sold at local Memphis bookstores as well as online. 

 

Tennessee is for Singers

Lorraine A Band of Angels

Lorraine, by Ketcham Secor and Higgins Bond Fictional story about a family who sings, plays instruments, and makes joyful noise in Tennessee

A Band of Angels, by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Raul Colon (based on a true story of Jubilee Singers, at Fisk University in 1871)

 

Tennessee Books for Older Children:

 

Scraps of Time: Abby Takes a Stand, 1960, by Patricia McKissack, illustrated by Gordon C. James

Abby lives in Tennessee and is able to ride the bus in the front of the bus, but she isn’t able to get a milkshake at the local Woolworth restaurant. The story begins with kids finding out their grandmother’s past, and then transitions into hearing about life was like for young 10-year-old Abby.

3rd to 5th grade, or 6th grade because it’s a quick and high-interest tale. Written in large font, like an American Girl story. This ‘chapter book’ is 104 pages and has illustrations every few pages to keep readers interested. 

 

Tennessee Vocabulary to Highlight: 

Fisk University

Cornelius Vanderbilt

Vanderbilt University

Sanitation Strike of 1968

Wilma Rudoloph

Dolly Parton

 

Tennessee Vocabulary to Highlight: 

Nashville 

Memphis

 

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