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First Lady Jane Beshear announces 2010 Winter Reading List featuring all Kentucky authors

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, December 07, 2010  
Contact Information:  Elizabeth Roach

FRANKFORT, Ky. – In time for Kentuckians shopping for the holidays, First Lady Jane Beshear today announced a Winter Reading List as part of her Reading Recommendations initiative. The list, which was compiled by the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives and the Kentucky Arts Council, features books all written by authors from the Commonwealth.

“As Christmas draws nearer, I encourage families and educators to share the gift of Kentucky-based books with young people,” said Mrs. Beshear. “Kentucky’s rich literary heritage affords us with a variety of thoughtful, well-written books that have inspired many a reader. Blustery days provide the perfect opportunity for students to spend an afternoon delving into a story or reading about area traditions. I hope Kentuckians will stop by a locally owned bookstore and stock up on such local treasures.”

Mrs. Beshear introduced the Reading Recommendations program in the summer of 2009 and issues reading lists four times per year.

2010 Winter Reading List

  1. A Kentucky Christmas, George Ella Lyon (All ages)
    More than 50 of the Bluegrass state’s finest writers share holiday fiction, poetry, recipes and other pieces.
  2. Cole Family Christmas, Jennifer Liu Bryan and Hazel Cole Kendle (Ages: 9-12)
    This true story describes a 1920’s Kentucky family in a coal town and one memorable Christmas.
  3. Appalachian Christmas ABCs, Francie Hall (Ages 4-8)
    This book explores Appalachian Christmas traditions through the alphabet.
  4. Just in Time for Christmas, Louise Borden (Ages: 4-8)
    A boy in rural Kentucky eagerly anticipates Christmas and the cream candy that comes with it. But when his favorite dog disappears, he learns the true meaning of the season.
  5. Appalachian Christmas Stories, multiple authors (Ages: 15-18)
    Kentucky authors weave a garland of the Christmas experience in this compilation featuring stories, essays and poems by noted Kentucky authors, including Jesse Stuart, James B. Goode, Loyal Jones, Billy C. Clark, Harry M. Caudill, Jim Wayne Miller and others.
  6. Littlejim’s Gift: An Appalachian Christmas Story, Gloria Houston (Ages: 5-10)
    Set during World War I, this is a heartwarming picture book about connecting with family and the rewards of generosity.
  7. The Beatinest Boy, Jesse Stuart (Ages: 9-12)
    David, a hard-working adventuresome boy, realizes the best present he can give his grandmother for Christmas is one he makes with his own hands.
  8. A Foxfire Christmas, Eliot Wiggington and Bobby Ann Starnes (Ages: 12 and up)
    This book celebrates Appalachian family memories and customs from a simpler time when gifts were fewer and holiday tables were laden with time-honored favorites.
  9. Silver Packages, Cynthia Rylant (Ages: 5-8)
    Inspired by a local annual event, this is the story of a wealthy man who rides a train through Appalachia at Christmas and throws gifts to children in honor of past kindness shown to him.
  10. When Winter Come: The Ascension of York, Frank X Walker (Ages: 12 and up)
    This eloquent retelling of the Lewis and Clark expedition written by a renowned Kentucky poet captures the emotion and dangers of exploration.