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Kirkus Review of Musical Youth

Kirkus Review of Musical Youth

Receiving reviews is always a bit nerve-wracking. When you publish in a niche, there is always the chance that the reviewer completely misses the point of the book. That said, when we received notification that a Kirkus Review of Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse was available, we were excited to open it up. Continue reading

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Caribbean Middle Grade Book Writing Workshop

About one month ago, we put out a call for middle-grade books. We are looking for Caribbean-themed books aimed at 8-13 year old children. We also promised to hold writing workshops to guide interested authors to complete their work. Applications are now open to the first workshop. It will be held in November and the deadline for applications is October 15. The workshop will be taught by Carol Mitchell and will be free.
We want writers who are serious about producing a Caribbean-themed middle-grade novel. So if that’s you, please go to the application page by clicking on the Submit button below, read the requirements, and fill out the form. All applications will remain confidential. No names will be made public.

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EBook Reading Survey Results

Two weeks ago we released an audio and eBook survey and asked you to tell us about your e-reading habits. We had 100 respondents, not enough to make any conclusions, but here are some of the patterns that emerged.

First of all, of the people who responded, 58% live in the Caribbean, 34% are immigrants or first-generation in their homeland, and 8% had no familial connection to the Caribbean. Most of the respondents were between the ages of 36 and 64 years old. We divided the results among these groups, just to keep things interesting. Continue reading

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Tell us what you think!

In an effort to reach as many people as possible, CaribbeanReads makes its books available in print, eBooks, and some as audio books. We are interested in knowing how readers feel about the eBooks and audio books so we can better serve your needs.

We are polling our customers and readers in general about their attitudes and habits with respect to eBooks and audio books. It is anonymous and should not take more than a minute or two to complete. Thanks so much for participating.
Take the poll!

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First CaribbeanReads’ Reading Guide

Just in time for your next reading club, we have a discussion guide for Musical Youth by Joanne C. Hillhouse. This is a YA novel, but it’s enjoyed by adults as well. So whether you are a teen or an adult, your reading club will love this multi-cultural musical romance. The free reading guide contains a list of discussion questions for your book club and guidelines for using Musical Youth in the classroom.

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CR Author Jo-Annah Richards launches a Poetry Book

Jo-Annah Richards was a contributor to our Christmas Anthology. We’re excited to learn about her latest publication.

Beautiful Chaos is Jo-Annah’s first collection of poetry and her second publication on Amazon.
With a passion of the Creative Arts, second time author, Jo-Annah Richards released an enchanting and eclectic collection of captivating poetry. The topics ranging from love to politics, with each poem effortlessly and vividly embodying the beauty and chaos.

Beautiful Chaos is available on Amazon

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Middle Grade Submissions

CaribbeanReads is actively seeking to acquire middle-grade novels with Caribbean settings by Caribbean authors.

Deadline

There’s no deadline, we anticipate holding this open for a while so take your time and submit your best work. Your novel should be already complete and ready to send if we ask to see the full work. Be sure to be familiar with this genre before writing. If you don’t like reading this type of book, you’re unlikely to enjoy writing it. Continue reading

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Jamaican library gets US$100K refurbishment from Sandals Foundation

When poet and author Juleus Ghunta decided he wanted to launch his CaribbeanReads picture book, Tata and the Big Bad Bull, in his home town of Hanover, Jamaica and turn it into a campaign to bring awareness of the negative impact that the almost decade–long closure of the Green Island Branch Library had on communities in Hanover, we thought it was a great idea. The library, which served several communities, had been closed for nine years, leaving residents without facilities for: accessing books, quiet study, research, and other similar activities. Continue reading

When poet and author Juleus Ghunta decided he wanted to launch his CaribbeanReads picture book, Tata and the Big Bad Bull, in his home town of Hanover, Jamaica and turn it into a campaign to bring awareness of the negative impact that the almost decade–long closure of the Green Island Branch Library had on communities in Hanover, we thought it was a great idea. The library, which served several communities, had been closed for nine years, leaving residents without facilities for: accessing books, quiet study, research, and other similar activities. Continue reading

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Review alert for Tata and the Big Bad Bull

Thanks to Kyra Houston who read Tata and the Big Bad Bull and took the time to write about her experience. Among other things, she indicated that “I’m an American who teaches English Literacy to Primary (Elementary) school aged children in Jamaica. I was in search of culturally relevant material to use in my class with children who need extra support in learning to read. I came across this book at the recommendation of a friend and I must say- I love this book!” Read her full review here.

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CaribbeanReads’ Reading Series

In order to make our books accessible during the current social distancing/home schooling situation, CaribbeanReads is preparing readings of our children’s books and notes you can use to discuss the books with your children.
We’ve now shared two readings on YouTube, The Masquerade Dance by Carol Ottley-Mitchell and Look! A Moko Jumbie by Opal Palmer Adisa. Listen and enjoy. Both books are available on kindle if you would like to see the beautiful images by Daniel J. O’Brien and Christa-Ann Molloy Davis respectively.

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