Anne Shelby

Anne Shelby's story collection for children, The Adventures of Molly Whuppie and Other Appalachian Folktales (ages 8-12) won an Aesop Accolade from the American Folktale Society and a Delaware Diamond, awarded by students in grades 3-5. The project began with a grant from the Kentucky Foundation for Women, which called for Anne to develop her own stories from traditional Appalachian tales with girls and women as heroes.  She performs her stories at festivals, schools and libraries. A newly illustrated edition was just published China.

Hear Anne read "Molly Fiddler" on Soundcloud
Her Scholastic/Orchard picture books appear on recommended reading lists for Sesame Street Workshop, PBS Kids, Trumpet Book Club, as well school and libraries. Homeplace was a School Library Journal Best Book, Literary Guild selection and New York Public Library pick.  We Keep a Store was an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists.  The Man Who Lived in a Hollow Tree was published by Atheneum/S&S in spring '09.  What to Do About Pollution was published in Korea in 2012.

Molly Whuppie
Chinese edition
As a member of Kentuckians for the Commonwealth, she is an active campaigner.  She contributed to Missing Mountains, a collection of essays, fiction and poetry by authors from the Authors Mountaintop Removal Tour.

Anne holds a B.A. from St. Andrews Presbyterian College and an M.A. from University of Kentucky.  She teaches English at Eastern Kentuckian University.

Anne and Debbie met at Appalachian Writers Workshop in Hindman, KY in 2003.