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Reading is good entertainment: Top 7 children’s books with Upstate ties

As the COVID-19 outbreak continues, many of us are looking for ways to entertain ourselves and our children.

Reading offers respite and books are easy to access without having to leave home. The Spartanburg County Public Libraries, for example, created a website landing page that lists all online resources available while the library is closed. Resources include online story times, homework help, free e-books and free apps.

Greenville County Library System has a 24/7 online library offering e-books and magazines, music videos and audiobooks. Anderson County Library System is offering temporary digital library cards while all library locations are closed to the public due to coronavirus.

Meanwhile, we asked Livin’ Upstate contributor Jill Hendrix of Fiction Addiction in Greenville to give us her picks for children’s books with ties to South Carolina and the Upstate. Here is Jill’s Top 7 list:

Papa Put A Man on the Moon by Kristy Dempsey

Dedicated to the families and children of the Slater, SC mill hill, this book is based on the Upstate mill that made fabric for the Apollo space program and for the space suits that the first astronauts wore to walk on the moon. Kristy’s grandparents worked at Slater Mill.




Night-Night, Little Tiger by Catherine Garrison Davis and Elizabeth Garrison Rasor

The Garrison twins grew up at Denver Downs Farm in Anderson and attended Clemson University. A fun book for children and grandchildren of Clemson alumni, students, faculty and fans.



Goodnight Greenville by Joe Maurer

This book includes full-page nighttime drawings of key places in Greenville of special interest to children and their families. It includes facts about each scene included in the book.



Mice on Main by Linda L. Kelly

This is a companion book to the bronze mice that are spaced along Greenville’s Main Street from the Hyatt Regency to the Westin Poinsett Hotel.


#JustaChicken by Preston Thorne and Langston Moore

On his quest to win a trophy, Cocky gains something much more valuable in this hero’s journey to discover the greatness within all of us. Raised on James Island, SC, Langston Moore is an NFL veteran and current sideline reporter for the Carolina Gamecocks. Raised in Summerville, SC, Preston Thorne became a Gamecock when he received his Master’s degree from USC.


The Easter Bunny is Coming to South Carolina by Eric James

This Easter adventure follows the Easter Bunny as she hops through your favorite places spreading hoppy-ness to those she meets along the way.




I Know Santa Very Well by Kate Salley Palmer

Kate’s poem is about Santa’s unconditional love for all children, and unconditional love from anyone – a parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle and if you’re religious – God. Kate is a resident on Pendleton, SC.



If you’d like to purchase a book, consider visiting the websites of Upstate area independent bookstores:

Fiction Addiction, Greenville

Hub City Bookshop & Press, Spartanburg

McDowell’s Emporium, Anderson

You also can visit Bookshop.org to find an independent bookstore near you.

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