Jesse Stuart Reading Council


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The Jesse Stuart Council is a regional council supported and sponsored by the Kentucky Reading Association (KRA).  We are made up of local KRA members in the counties of Clark, Estill, Garrard, Jackson, Lincoln, Madison, Rockcastle, and Powell and our developing counties of Wolfe, Lee, Owsley, Breathitt, Perry, Knott, Magoffin, Martin, Pike, Floyd, Knott, Letcher, and Perry. Interested in joining, click on membership in the link above! 

What do you do?

Jesse Stuart Council, a division of the Kentucky Reading Association, is a professional organization of educators and individuals actively engaged in the development of literacy throughout our servicing region and across the Commonwealth.  We are committed to encouraging lifelong reading for pleasure and learning, providing information related to literacy, increasing opportunities for professional growth, and promoting research based instructional practices.

KRA is an affiliate of the International Reading Association (IRA).  Jesse Stuart Council, along with the KRA, provides professional development and leadership opportunities for members across the state.

Who was Jesse Stuart?

Jesse Stuart (1906 - 1984) was one of America's best-known and best-loved writers. In 1976, late in his writing career, the editors of Country Gentleman magazine boldly proclaimed Stuart "America's Most Famous Chronicler of Rural Life."

At that time, nearing the end of a five-decade writing career, Stuart had published nearly sixty books, including biography, autobiography, essays, and juvenile works as well as poetry and fiction. 

These books have immortalized the Kentucky hill country that inspired his writing.

Thousands of Stuart's stories, articles, and poems appeared in America's most widely read magazines, journals, and periodicals. His frequent literary appearances from the 1930s through the 1970s made him a nationally famous author. Stuart, who taught and lectured extensively, was also a famous educator. His teaching experience ranged from the one-room schoolhouse of his youth in Eastern Kentucky to the American University in Cairo, Egypt.

- via The Jesse Stuart Foundation (

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