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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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Lesson Plans for the uninitiated

As we adjust to the orders to remain at home during the COVID-19 crisis, a number of parents have been required to support their your children’s education at home. We wanted to point out a valuable resource published by Hands Across the Sea which is available on their website.

Three CaribbeanReads books are included in this valuable resource and we will be providing additional supporting material for our other books in the near future, so use this great Hands Across the Sea resource and be on the lookout for more from us!

Lesson Plans from Hands Across the Sea
Sweet Victory: Kindergarten on kindle
Oliver and Friends: Grade One on kindle
Chee Chee in Paradise: Grade Three

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Happy Friday!

This is likely to be a quiet weekend for most of us. Many of us have been working at home, and as someone for whom this is normal, I can tell you that it’s easy for the weekend to become more of the same. So be sure to put away the work and do something different this weekend, within the confines of our current guidelines, of course.
If reading is one of the things you choose to do, be sure to check out our books for our adult readers, including:
Greyborn Rising by Derry Sandy
Love’s Promiseby Opal Palmer Adisa
Hurricane of the Heart by Jewel Amethyst
and plays by David Edgecombe.

Stay safe!

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CaribbeanReads at the Copenhagen Book Festival

The Copenhagen Book Festival opened today and two books by Opal Palmer Adisa, Look! A Moko Jumbie and Dance Quadrille, Play Quelbe were on display.

Lise Bostrop, the chair of the board of the Danish Language Circle, added the books to the organization’s display booth at the Festival. The promotional material informs visitors of the historical connection between Denmark and the US Virgin Islands and encourages them to learn about the culture of these islands as presented in Dr. Adisa’s children’s books.

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Kirkus Reviews-Greyborn Rising is “an unforgettable read—and (author) Sandy, a name to watch.”

In a very favorable review, Kirkus Reviews praised Derry Sandy’s Greyborn Rising published by CaribbeanReads in 2019. Following a detailed description of the book, the Kirkus reviewer states “The author truly excels, however, in his meticulous plotting involving supernatural elements… generate entertaining mayhem … [and] moments of unnerving prose.” The reviewer sums the book up as “A masterful tale that illuminates terrifying creatures in Caribbean lore.”

Kirkus Reviews is an American review magazine founded in 1933 and one of the few who review books published by very small independent presses like CaribbeanReads. They’ve also reviewed The Protectors Pledge by Danielle Y. C. McClean very favorably.

Read Greyborn Rising for yourself in print (hard and soft cover) and on kindle. It’s available at bookstores in Trinidad and at online booksellers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Read the full review here.

“A masterful tale that illuminates terrifying creatures in Caribbean lore.” Kirkus Reviews

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