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Children's Authors Discuss Creativity, Appalachia And Diversity


This week’s episode of Inside Appalachia features several children's authors, including Cynthia Rylant, who wrote "When I Was Young In The Mountains." It also includes David Perri, author of "Messy Larry," Bil Lepp reading from his recent children's book "The Princess and The Pickup Truck," and Lyn Ford, a professional storyteller and children's educator, telling a story she wrote called "The Old Woman and Death." And while these stories were written for children, like many children's stories, each have messages for all of us, including grown-ups.
If you’ve spent time with toddlers, you know that messes are a part of creativity and life. During the pandemic, many parents are juggling working from home while also watching after children -- which can sometimes lead to messes. Producer Roxy Todd sat down with author David Perri to discuss his book “Messy Larry,” a book about a larger-than-life bear named Larry who learns that it’s okay to make messes and mistakes.
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