ABOUT US...


Carolina Reads is a South Carolina company that develops textbooks for South Carolina students and teachers!

contact us:  solesbeemaryann@gmail.com | (864)-848-4641


Meet the Team

Program Author
Mary Ann Solesbee, Ph.D.


Dr. Solesbee has loved stories all her life. She and her father created stories about animals that lived in their woods in the Upcountry of South Carolina where she grew up. She always kept a journal as a little girl.


She taught children just like you for many years. She always read aloud, told stories, and shared her love of South Carolina history with her students.  Now, she teaches teachers to do the same with their students.


She created Sal and Amanda who represent the South Carolina state amphibian, the spotted salamander, to teach students about their state. She has written a series of books for older students with these characters, and now she is writing for YOU!

Program Illustrator
Tony Waters


Tony Waters has been drawing all his life. He grew up on John’s Island in the South Carolina Lowcountry. He creates maps and has been the illustrator for many children’s books. He brought the ideas for Sal, Amanda, Uncle Newt, and now, Sally, to life with his clever creations of the characters.

Book Designer
Jane Carter


Jane Carter is an artist and Graphic Designer from the South Carolina Midlands. She designs books and magazines for people all across South Carolina and many other states.


She took Dr. Solesbee`s stories and Mr. Water`s drawings and put them together to help you learn about South Carolina`s history and traditions.

Audio Services
Andrew Stevens


Andrew Stevens teaches electronic media industry, television and radio broadcasting, media ministry, interpersonal communication, and speech at North Greenville University. He also advises the student-run low-power radio station, WNGR, and the video platform, VisionTV, which is distributed via social media.  He is also very active in the local sports production scene as a sports camera operator for various outlets.


Others who helped make this book possible:


Education Consultants and Reviewers

Laura Camp, Business Development Manager, LENA, Early Talk Education, early childhood specialist.

Wanda Cromer, Academic Coach, University of South Carolina-Upstate, Spartanburg, SC.

Shemeka Dawkins, Principal, New Prospect Elementary, Spartanburg District One Schools, Campobello, SC.

D. Brian Day, Instructional Technology Specialist, South Carolina ETV and Public Radio.

Nan Dempsey, Ed.D. Education Consultant for STEM Education, specialist in integrated lesson planning with technology.

Tina Harrell, Media Specialist, Woodruff Middle School, Spartanburg School District Four, Woodruff, SC.

Jimmy Pryor, Ed.D. Assistant Superintendent for Accountability and Technology, Spartanburg School District One, Campobello, SC.

Carolyn Styles, ED.D. Retired Principal and School Board Member, Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC.

Debbie Wright, Retired Principal and English Language Arts Curriculum Consultant, Spartanburg, SC.

Teacher Consultants

Leah Bomar, 1st Grade Teacher, Integration Specialist, Lyman Elementary, Spartanburg District Five, Duncan, SC.

Lynette Kelley, Retired K and 1st Grade Teacher, Music and Outdoor Classroom Specialist, Charleston County School District, Charleston, SC.

Mary Jacqueline McGrath, 2nd Grade Teacher and STEM Evaluator for Clemson University, Greenville, South Carolina.

Amber Pitts, Reading Recovery District Lead Teacher, Spartanburg School District One, Campobello, SC.

Andrea Robinson, Reading Coach, Integration, and Technology Specialist, Union County School District, Union, SC.

Heidi Sever, 1st Grade Teacher, Writing Specialist, Skyland Elementary, Greenville County Schools, Greenville, SC.

Christie Summers, ESOL Teacher, Language Specialist, Spartanburg District 7 Schools, Spartanburg, SC.

Culture Consultants

Harold Hatcher, Chief of Waccamaw Tribe, Conway, SC.

Victoria Smalls, Gullah Geechee Cultural Preservationist, Former Federal Commissioner, Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor, Beaufort, SC.