Read and Learn: Children’s Books Set in North Carolina

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Did you know there are lots of books for kids about or set in North Carolina? If your children are looking to learn more about our state, check out one of these books (which may be available digitally through your local public library or the NC Kids Digital Library) and be sure to take a look at the related NCpedia articles for more in-depth study.

Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Read: Serafina and the Black Cloak by Robert Beatty

Serafina lives in secret in the basement of the Biltmore Estate along with her maintenance worker Pa. When children start disappearing, Serafina must team up with Braeden Vanderbilt, the nephew of the Biltmore’s owners, to confront a terrifying and mysterious man in a black cloak who haunts the halls of the estate at night.

Learn: Biltmore House | NCpedia

The Biltmore House has an intriguing history of its own, even without magic.

Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Read: Three Times Lucky by Sheila Turnage

Moses LoBeau washed ashore at Tupelo Landing, North Carolina during a hurricane eleven years ago. Now she lives with the Colonel and Miss Lana and works at their little café. When she gets caught up in a murder mystery, she must uncover the truth to save the only family she’s ever known.

Learn: Hurricanes | NCpedia

Tupelo Landing is fictional but North Carolina has faced many hurricanes. Learn more about how these huge storms have shaped our history.

Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper











Read: Stella By Starlight by Sharon M. Draper

Stella is an African American girl living in segregated Bumblebee, North Carolina. When the Ku Klux Klan arrives in town, Stella and her community bravely battle prejudice and hate.

Learn: Segregation | NCpedia

Segregation was a difficult time in United States history and, though Bumblebee is fictional, many towns in North Carolina dealt with similar situations.

Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone

Read: Storm Warriors by Elisa Carbone

After being forced to leave his hometown by the Ku Klux Klan, Nathan and his grandfather find a happy life on the Outer Banks. There, Nathan finds excitement as he begins working with the African American crew of the U.S. Life-Saving Station. But he is only able to escape post-Civil War racism for so long.

Learn: Lifesaving Service, U.S. | NCpedia

The Lifesaving Service really existed—learn more about the organization that played a big role in many early 20th-century rescue missions off the coast.


Stephen Ashley, User Experience Librarian