Vermont Folklife Center

The Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series

"History does not happen to others, it happens in every family and to every human being."

— Anita Silvey, Series Editor

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For more than twenty years, the mission of the Vermont Folklife Center has been to gather and record the voices and stories of Vermonters.  An archive of more than 4000 oral tales inspired the Vermont Folklife Center Children's Book Series, which captures the color and spontaneity of the most unforgettable stories and preserves them for learning and enjoyment.  Regional in origin, universal in nature, these true stories:

  • Feature real people and real places.
  • Create history readiness for ages 6-10.
  • Stimulate discussion with background information and activities.
  • Offer intergenerational appeal.
  • Encourage families to pass on their own stories.
 
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Alec's Primer

Carter G. Woodson Award Honor Book (NCSS)
Independent Publishers Book Award
Booklist starred review

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Daisy and the Doll

National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Book
Aesop Accolade (American Folklore Society)
Yankee Magazine Top 100 New England Children's Book

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John and Tom

Storytelling World Honor Book

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The Two Brothers

Yankee Magazine Top 40 New England Children's Book
National Council of Social Studies Notable Trade Book

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"A venture that appears to be the first of its kind in the country . . . By transforming local history into something that appeals to children, the Center is breathing new life into dusty old social history . . . these stories are a valuable tool."

Boston Globe

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