When I Was Young in the Mountains

When I Was Young in the Mountains


Additional Formats
  • Hardcover
  • ISBN 9780525425250
  • 32 Pages
  • Dutton Books for Young Readers
  • 5-8 years


For twenty years, Cynthia Rylant’s story of childhood in the Appalachian Mountains has been an enduring favorite. Growing up in the mountains is depicted with a spare, lyrical text and beautiful, tender illustrations by Diane Goode. The book was awarded a Caldecott Honor Medal.

To celebrate its twentieth anniversary, When I Was Young in the Mountains is being released with a commemorative copper-colored band.
When I Was Young in the Mountains

When I Was Young in the Mountains

Cynthia Rylant, Illustrator: Diane Goode


Caldecott Honor Book – winner


“Rylant delights in the simple joys of living with her grandparents in the Appalachian Mountains: fresh cornbread, the swimming hole, bathing in the tin tub, snakes, and the community church. Surrounding all of these memories is the loving relationship with her grandparents. Warmly rendered illustrations complement the lyrical text.”–School Library Journal

“An evocative remembrance of the simple pleasures in country living; splashing in the swimming hole, taking baths in the kitchen, sharing family times, each is eloquently portrayed here in both the misty-hued scenes and in the poetic text.”--Association for Childhood Education International

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