CaribbeanReads, in partnership with Jaxon Photography, is producing an anthology of Caribbean Christmas stories for children. The book will feature stories, crafts, and artwork from various parts of the Caribbean produced by Caribbean artists.
CaribbeanReads is seeking email submissions of art, poetry, and short stories from Caribbean citizens for a Caribbean Christmas anthology. The book is intended to delight readers with tales of the holiday spirit, traditions, and values in the Caribbean islands, and will highlight Christmas as well as other traditional celebrations that take place at Christmastime in the Caribbean. The book will be aimed at children 6 to 9 years old.
All submissions should be sent by email to submissions[at]CaribbeanReads[dot]com and must follow the guidelines outlined below. The submission deadline is June 30, 2014.
More details at: http://www.caribbeanreads.com/christmasanthology/
BRADES, Montserrat – The Caribbean Adventure Series by Carol Mitchell is among the list of new books that the Ministry of Education in Montserrat will be using to prepare students for the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).
2014 will be the first year that Montserrat will be replacing its local standardised test with the CPEA which is administered by the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC). The CPEA is a method of assessing students’ readiness to enter high school in the areas of civic, mathematical, science and language literacies.
As a part of this process, the ministry selected books by Caribbean authors including the adventure series written by Mitchell. There are four books in the series to date, each based in a different island, St. Kitts, Jamaica, Trinidad, and Montserrat. The books are designed to draw young readers in with secret tunnels, pirate ships, kidnappers, and erupting volcanoes galore, but they also touch on serious topics such as conservation and the impact of natural disasters.
“The students preparing for CPEA are expected to do book reports. Since this is the first time Montserrat is participating, the number of books teachers would have to read in order to effectively guide students was limited and since the libraries do not have 10 copies of any one book, the ministry had to assist here,” explained Zelma White who is Primary School Curriculum Coordinator for Montserrat. “We were happy to see the size and content of the books with the added bonus that they are about children in the Caribbean.”
The author expressed pride with the fact that the books would become a part of classroom work. “My intent has always been to offer books that portray the social and cultural practices with which Caribbean children are familiar. I am excited to have the children discuss the books and analyse the actions of Mark, Kyle, Ingrid and their friends as a part of their studies. I really hope that the Caribbean Adventure Series will make the assessment process both fruitful and enjoyable for the children.”
More information about the Caribbean Adventure Series can be found at www.CaribbeanReads.com.
– When the nominees for the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award were presented at the Frankfurt Book Fair on October 10, 2013, the list included an author from St. Kitts and Nevis, Carol Ottley-Mitchell. The Award, which was created in honour of the famous Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, creator of the Pippi Longstocking and one of Sweden’s most important authors, is billed as the world’s largest children’s literature award.
Ottley-Mitchell was nominated for her popular Caribbean Adventure Series, four books which feature the adventures of three Caribbean children and a mischievous vervet monkey. The first book, Adventure at Brimstone Hill, is set at the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress in St. Kitts. The other books are each set in a different Caribbean island, Jamaica, Trinidad and the latest book, Fury on Soufriere Hills, is based in Montserrat. Children reading these adventure books are exposed to the culture, history and geography of the Caribbean.
The Kittitian is one of a few authors from the English speaking Caribbean who have been nominated for the prize in the last ten years.
Mrs. Mitchell said that it was indeed an honour to be nominated, to have the books reviewed by an international audience, and to be listed alongside best-selling children’s author such as the award-winning Beverly Cleary.
More information about the nominated books can be found at www.CaribbeanReads.com.
ST. JOHN’S, Antigua – Authors from Antigua, Montserrat and St. Kitts read to a captive audience during The Reading Room held at The Best of Books on Antigua to close out Beyond the Screen on Saturday August 17, 2013.
Beyond the Screen was four days of workshops, movie screenings, readings and networking opportunities for authors, filmmakers and actors from around the region. They came to learn the basics of filmmaking and turning plays and books into
movie scripts from Emmy award-winning director Neema Barnette and her husband Actor Reed McCants with the excellent support of Antigua’s leading filmmaker Howard Allen of HAMAFilms.
Beyond the Screen focused on authors and playwrights this year as part of its collaboration with the Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival, which is making a comeback after a two-year
Starting off The Reading Room was Beyond the Screen co-host Nerissa Golden of Montserrat, who read poetry from her first book Truly Caribbean Woman’s Guide to Good Love and excerpts from The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur. She also shared two poems from her forthcoming children’s book Island Days, which is an illustrated collection of poetry of memories of growing up in the Caribbean.
Golden answered questions from the audience about overcoming challenges and finding a place of self-love from which to build new and positive experiences.
The next reader was Antiguan author and dramatist Joy Lawrence who shared stories from her book Bethesda and Christian Hill our History and Culture which chronicles the building of the first slave school in the West Indies.
Featured author Carol Mitchell of St. Kitts read from two of the books in the Caribbean Adventure Series including the latest, Fury on Soufriere Hills. Mitchell said she would one day like to see Chee Chee become an animated television character for more children to enjoy. She also read from Seascapes which is a departure from her -focused stories for children and features unusual sea creatures from around the world.
New York-based author Monica Matthew brought the audience almost to tears as she recounted stories from her forthcoming book “The Candy Man” about the father she never knew. She was filled with praise for filmmaker Neema Barnette who had read her screenplay about the woman who raised her Mama Mae. Barnette said she looked forward to seeing the dynamic words turned into images to chronicle Matthew’s story of the woman who had ten children of her own but still took her home at the age of 19 months after her mother died.
Closing out the reading was general manager of The Best of Books Barbara Arrindell who read The Legend of Bats Cave which tells the story of the wife of a governor who fell in love with a Kalinago (Caribs) chief after being abducted and taken through a cave ending up on a French island.
Many of the books featured at The Reading Room can be found at The Best of Books in Antigua or searching online at amazon.com.
Beyond the Screen was sponsored by the Antigua & Barbuda International Literary Festival, HAMAFilms, goldenmedia, Carib World Travel, City View Hotel, The Best of Books, Townhouse Furnishings and the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority.
To find out more about Beyond the Screen and other upcoming events visit www.trulycaribbean.net/events .
BRADES, Montserrat – Author of the Caribbean Adventure Series for children Carol Mitchell will visit the Montserrat Public Library this Saturday, August 10, 2013 for Children’s Reading Hour.
Starting at 10:30 am the author who recently released the fourth installment in the series Fury on Soufriere Hills will be on hand to read excerpts from the book and also discuss the process of writing a book.
Librarian Sonja Smith says the visit by the children’s author is another way the Public Library is working to make books come alive to readers. “We look forward to Mrs Mitchell’s visit and encourage the children to come out and enjoy listening to the stories.”
Carol hails from the island of St. Kitts where she was inspired to write stories which captured her love for the Caribbean and also history. Mitchell’s landmark historical fantasy series, Caribbean Adventure Series, chronicles the adventures of three children and a monkey who have exciting, magical adventures in the Caribbean. The series, aimed at children 7-10 years old, has been hailed as both entertaining and educational.
In Fury on Soufriere Hills, the boys are taken back in time to Montserrat when Caribs still lived there. Fury includes two of the characters that we got to know in the series, and introduces Frankie, a young boy from Montserrat who longs to return to his beloved home.
“I was moved to write about Montserrat,” Mitchell commented. “I wanted to write about the Carib people and my research led me to an excursion in Montserrat that revealed a lot of information about how the Caribs lived. That prompted my imagination with a scenario in which the Caribs, like modern day Montserratians had to face the fury of their volcanic island. I wanted to capture the hopefulness and resilience that a strong people can build out of a disastrous event. It took me over a year to capture this and I am very happy with the end product,” Mitchell reveals.
Find out more about the author on Saturday. Parents are encouraged to come along with their children for the reading. Learn more about the books in the series online at www.caribbeanadventureseries.com .
Photo captions: Cover of Fury on Soufriere Hills
Author of Fury on Soufriere Hills Carol Mitchell