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Some suggested young adult and children's titles for use with Wish You Well
Aunt Claire’s Yellow Beehive Hair, Deborah Blumenthal
A girl seeking her connection to past and present family creates a special book in tribute and remembrance.

Dear Annie, Judith Caseley
A series of postcards and letters exchanged between Annie and her loving grandfather starting from the time she is born.

dear juno, Soyung Park
The correspondence, both of letters and objects, of a young Korean-American boy and his grandmother who lives in Seoul, Korea.

Grandmother Bryant’s Pocket, Jacqueline Briggs Martin
Suffering from nightmares after her dog is killed in a fire, a young girl in 18th-century Maine goes to live with her grandparents.

Journey, Patricia MacLachlan (YA title)
Two children left with their grandparents feel their past has been erased until Grandfather helps restore it for them through photographs.

Making Memory Books, Amanda Lewis
This is an arts-and-crafts book full of easy and engaging family-oriented projects.

Miss Maggie, Cynthia Rylant ***
Young Nat is afraid of old Miss Maggie and her rotting log house until his heart conquers his fears.

My Great-Aunt Arizona, Gloria Houston ***
An Appalachian girl grows up and becomes a teacher who influences the lives of many generations of schoolchildren in her hometown small school.

Sweet Memories Still, Natalie Kinsey-Warnock (YA title)
Although she initially resents having to spend time with her ailing grandmother, Shelby gradually realizes she has much to learn from this older woman.

When I Was Young in the Mountains, Cynthia Rylant ***
Reminiscences of the pleasures of life in the mountains, evoking the love of a way of life, family, and sense of place.

Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge, Mem Fox
A young boy tries to discover the meaning of “memory” so that he can restore that of an elderly friend.
***Appalachian-themed books

A special thank you to Cheryl Space and Bonnie Lilienthal, Children’s Librarians at the Providence Public Library, for their kind and generous help in finding books for this project. This is just a small sample of Family and Appalachian books. See your local Children’s Librarian for more—they are miracle workers.

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