World Book Day: Caribbean Children's Authors

Today is World Book day in the UK and Ireland. This year the emphasis is on children’s literature and as The Guardian reports:

To celebrate World Book Day, the education centre invited children from Blessed Sacrament and Copenhagen primary schools to meet three famous children's authors, who entertained the year 3 and 4 groups with extracts from their books and answered questions about their experiences as writers of children's fiction.

In anticipation of the real World Book Day (LOL), I'm posting a partial list of children’s authors and publishers from the Caribbean in the hope that it may spark a similar response in the region:

Joanne C. Hillhouse
http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/2009/10/joanne-c-hillhouse-musings-on-boy.html

Joanne Gail Johnson
http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/29/pink-carnival-a-new-book-by-joanne-gail-johnson/


Dany Laferrière:
http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/2009/05/new-bookla-fete-des-morts-by-dany.html

Martin Mordecai
http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/2009/04/in-my-own-words-martin-mordecai.html

Kelly Magnus:
http://www.yardedge.net/interviews/yardedge-talks-to-kellie-magnus-about-her-new-book

Geoffrey Philp
http://geoffreyphilp.blogspot.com/search/label/Grandpa%20Sydney%27s%20Anancy%20Stories



Students from the Atkinson Primary School: The Snake King of the Kalinago
http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/31/the-snake-king-of-the-kalinago-dominicas-kalinago-children-celebrate-their-culture/

Publishers

Papillote Press
http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/10/an-interview-with-polly-pattullo-of-papillote-press/


Peepal Tree Press:

John Siddique
Don't Wear it on Your Head, Don't Stick it Down Your Pants: Poems for Young People



Janet Jagan
Anastasia the Anteater and other stories

Janet Jagan
Patricia the Baby Manatee and other stories


 Janet Jagan
When Grandpa Cheddi was a Boy

Vishnu Gosine
The Coming of Lights



Macmillan
This is more YA:

http://caribbeanbookblog.wordpress.com/2009/11/16/macmillan-%E2%80%98island-fiction%E2%80%99-series-helps-kids-rediscover-the-joy-of-reading/

I know I have left several publishers off the list--authors and publishers from the Hispanic, Dutch, Portuguese and French-speaking Caribbean. This is not due to bad mind or malfeasance.

If I have left any author or publisher off the list, feel free to add your name or company to the list in the comments.

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JAMbooks said…
Check this blog for some up-to-date children'c books from Jamaica
http://jambooks-fiction.blogspot.com/
Give thanks, JAMbooks and Welcome!
Greetings Brother Geoffrey,

Thank you for taking the time to read and review our book, Lifelines. Much of what has been written merely mirrors the press release, but you actually took the time to craft an authentic review that analyzes and contextualizes our work. Your work ethic is appreciated much.
Best,
Askhari Johnson Hodari
www.LifelinesProverbs.com
Dear Askhari,

I enjoyed reading Lifelines. It is a treasure.

1Love,
Geoffrey

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