Reviews and Awards - Bluffton Books, Bluffton, SC

Reviews and Awards


Awards, Associations and Reviews…

We have been fortunate to garner many lovely awards and reviews for our work over the years.  We also maintain memberships in many associations we feel help us support children, the written word, and books.  This is just an informal list of such things as they come up!  Also note that most of our titles are part of Accelerated Reader, Lexile, and more, that help readers.  We also often have teacher’s guides and other online activities, and such.  Please visit for more info.


Many of our books have received awards from:

  • Teacher’s Choice Award/Learning Magazine
  • ForeWord Magazine
  • Creative Child Magazine
  • Benjamin Franklin Award

Carole Marsh (Longmeyer) has been named a Georgia Author of the Year, when she was a resident of that state.


  • American Booksellers Associations
  • American Library Association
  • International Reading Association
  • National Association for Gifted Children
  • National School Supply and Equipment Association
  • National Council for the Social Studies
  • Museum Store Association
  • Association of Partners for Public Lands
  • Association of Booksellers for Children
  • Association for the Study of African American Life and History
  • National Alliance of Black School Educators


Savannah Night Before Christmas
Southside Book Reviews by Forrest Schultz
Carole Marsh is a connoisseur of interesting things, so it is not surprising that she finds the city of Savannah to be very attractive:  it is well known for its many oddities.  She owns a house there and is a strong supporter of the Girl Scouts and of the Savannah College of Art and Design, and has had many SCAD students and graduates involved in the illustration and design layout of her books, and she wrote an excellent book about the Girl Scouts on the centennial of its founding in Savannah.  Now in the book under review she expresses her love for Savannah in this humorous and imaginative Savannah version of the famous poem "Twas The Night Before Christmas".  AND, speaking of Christmas, which will be here before you know it, this book would make a good Christmas present, especially for Savannahphiles. 

THE KUDZU COOKBOOK: Cooking up a storm with that wild & crazy vine that grows in miles-per-hour!
Midwest Book Review by Mr. James Cox, Editor-in-Chief
"The Kudzu Cookbook: Cooking Up a Storm with That Wild & Crazy Vine That Grows in Miles-per-Hour!" is full of riveting history, befuddling trivia, humor, song, verse, fun, and easy, tasty healthy recipes made with, of course, kudzu! This must be a case of "If you can't beat it, eat it," at first glance. It turns out those evergrowing leaves are in fact nutritious and edible, like so many other greens. Talk about living on a renewable resource! Brought to you from its adopted home in the deep South, here are handy recipes for Kudzu Greens, Kudzu Hush Puppies, Kudzu Quiche, Kudzukraut, Kudzu Stir Fry (Easy), and even Cream of Curried Kudzu and Cauliflower Soup. There is even Kudzu Pizza and Kudzu Pasta. In addition, there are snippets and references and even a song called "The Kudzu Shag!" A home recipe example is Kudzu & Hominy Homestyle Breakfast. An ethnic treat is Kudzu Manju (Kudzu Dumplings in Cherry Leaves), a traditional confection sold in Japan in June and July, made with azuki beans and kudzu powder. "The Kudzu Cookbook" is very witty and fun, more entertaining than your average cookbook. For a zany trip down a kudzu lined lane of plenty, try reading and cooking from "The Kudzu Cookbook" with your kids.

You Don't Have to Come Back, You Just Have to Go Out: AN AUTHOR'S ADVENTURES IN 30 YEARS OF SCHOOL VISITS
Southside Book Review by Forrest Schultz
The first line of my title for this review is what Carole Marsh uses as the sub-title for her book, which I would prefer to see as its main title, since it immediately tells the reader what the book is about.  However, since Marsh is well known for her many mysteries, her main title has a mysterious quality, for which reason it might be more apropos.

Because of the huge variety in her adventures and in the kinds of schools visited and in their locations, the accounts she relates here are, both literally and figuratively, "all over the map", so that there is no way to even try to summarize them.  Let me just say this:  her accounts of these school visits are as interesting as the mystery stories in her kids books, perhaps even more so.  And that constitutes my recommendation for reading this "tell all" book of hers!