Reading Appalachian children’s literature, a special exhibit

(STATEPOINT) Walk through the pages of your favorite storybook in Reading Appalachia: Voices from Children’s Literature at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum in Bristol, VA. Opening day is February 1.

Sporting life-size characters from Appalachian children’s books, this exhibit looks at the seminal titles from the late 1800s through the modern story of Appalachia – you’ll feel like you’re walking through the pages of a storybook.

Children can stand eye-to-eye with characters from Journey Cake Ho, A Mountain Rose, When Otter Tricked the Rabbit, When I Was Young, and others.

The exhibit also includes representative clothes and toys from Appalachia, music, and hands-on activities that bring the subject to life for kids of all ages. Children are encouraged to try on masks of storybook characters and find themselves in a story.

They can create their own story of childhood set in Appalachia and hear the voice of old-time storyteller Ray Hicks along with some of their favorite authors and illustrators. Each panel includes an interpretation of the text from a child’s perspective.

The exhibit will be on display in the museum’s Special Exhibits Gallery through June 30. It will be complemented by a variety of engaging public programs and can serve as a wonderful educational resource for school groups and educators. Learn more at

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