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Get Crafted at The Market this Weekend


Where can you find some of your favorite Kentucky/Regional books, fine arts and crafts, live music, specialty food, and much, much more? The 35th annual Kentucky Crafted: The Market 2017 will be held April 22-23 at the Lexington Convention Center. Stop Mommy Goose final front coverREV.inddby our booth #102 to check out some of our new titles, and meet Mike Norris, who’ll be signing copies of Mommy Goose, from 12 – 2 pm on Saturday, April 22.

More than 200 exhibitors will be on hand at the event, which was chosen as the No. 1 Fair & Festival by readers of AmericanStyle Magazine four years in a row, and also named a top 10 event by the Kentucky Tourism Council and a top 20 event by the Southeast Tourism Society.

Here’s a sampling of some of our new releases that will be available at our booth during Kentucky Crafted:



G is for Games

In honor of the upcoming Appalachian Studies Association Conference, we thought we would share some fun Appalachian culture with you! The next time you’re bored, pass the time by playing Drop the Handkerchief like so many Appalachian children did. You may recognize the jingle that goes along with it:

“A tisket, a tasket, a green and yellow basket.
I sent a letter to my love and on the way I dropped it.
A little child picked it up and put it in his pocket,
His pocket, he put it in his pocket.”

Here are the rules for the game:

1)      Pick somebody to be the leader and give them a handkerchief.

2)      The remaining players make a circle by linking arms. Be sure to leave the leader outside of the circle.

3)      The leader skips around the outside of the circle while the players on the inside sing the jingle.

4)      At some point, the leader needs to drop the handkerchief behind the feet of one of the players.

5)      Once the person who gets the handkerchief dropped behind their feet realizes that they were picked, they grab the handkerchief and chase the leader around the circle.

6)      If the leader gets caught before they make it around the circle, they take another turn dropping the handkerchief behind somebody’s feet. However, if they make it all the way around the circle without being caught, then the person who was selected by the original leader becomes the new leader.

Like this game? It’s featured among many others in Appalachian Toys and Games by Linda Hager Pack!  Be sure to check out the rest of her book, as well as the beautiful illustrations done by A is for Appalachia illustrator, Pat Banks!

Outdoor Games

The sun shines bright in the Bluegrass state today, and spring is right around the corner! Take a peak inside this week’s giveaway book for games to play outside.

J is for Jumping Rope


Jumping rope was a favorite pastime in the mountains. All that was needed was something to use as a rope and several good jumping rhymes set to memory. Rope wasn’t always available, so Appalachia’s children made do with honeysuckle vine, plough lines, or a string of rags tied together.

M is for Marbles


Marbles, sometimes known as marvils, was played in schoolyards, barnyards, and favorite dirt spots on the way home from school.

V is for Vaulting


Trees provided lots of fun in the Appalachian Mountains. Vaulting involved climbing up to the very top of a tall tree, crawling out to the end of a small, bendy branch, and then riding it to the top of another tree. And hanging on for dear life!

These stunning images, illustrated by Pat Banks, capture the beauty of Appalachia and the children who made it their playground. Enter for your chance to win a copy of Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z!

G is for Giveaway!

It’s raining cats and dogs in Kentucky, but we’re still finding plenty of ways to have fun with this week’s giveaway! Rain or shine, this book is sure to entertain readers of all ages! Enter to win a copy of Linda Hager Pack’s Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z. Sign up by Friday, March 22 at 1 pm for your chance to win.


Appalachian Toys and Games from A to Z celebrates a time when fun was powered by imagination and creativity rather than batteries and electricity. Join Appalachia’s children for a rare glimpse into their lives of play during the mid to late 1800s. Children will be inspired by a world of interesting nineteenth-century activities and toys while they learn about Appalachian heritage through the ABCs. Author Linda Hager Pack interweaves detailed descriptions of these pastimes with anecdotes, songs, and folktales. Pat Banks brings playtime to life with vibrant watercolors that delight with every turn of the page.

This book will inform and inspire young readers and will remind adults of simpler times when they played outside with siblings and friends, making their own fun. Enter to win a copy, and share the fun of discovering the region’s rich traditions and culture.