In Blue Banyan Book A Different Me A Better You, Janet Morrison eloquently tackles complex subjects with a breath and understanding that provides lessons to all who read it. What starts as a story about difference goes on to reveal how similarities in the challenges we all face.
Follow five young men as they navigate and triumph over obstacles, face acceptance for their difference and manage to have a little fun along the way. This celebration of differently-abled children is a must readUSD $12.97
The game of Dominoes is a traditional Jamaican pastime, and a set of “ivories” is always welcome. This one is unique and beautifully packaged and makes a great gift for every gentleman, game lover or collector on your list.
The box is beautifully handmade in Jamaica with an inlaid ceramic tile.USD $74.97USD $74.97
Things can get competitive with this game beloved by Jamaicans and anyone with roots from the Caribbean islands.
These dominoes are handmade in Jamaica and come in a set of 28. Played alone or in two pairs, each player tries to match their domino with the corresponding suite on the board to be the first one to empty their hand.
This stunning ArtSmart Expresso Wood set is made with inlaid ceramic tile, so they won’t break when players slam the dominoes down to win the game six love.
Grab this set for your next family dinner or barbecue. No matter the occasion, a set of “ivories” is always a welcome addition.USD $74.97USD $74.97
Guesswah is a fun-filled interactive word guessing game built for 3 or more players ages 6 and over. It is based on the diverse culture of Jamaica.
Gamers will be called upon to display a combination of both mental and physical wit. Most importantly the game embraces the descriptive nature of the Jamaican culture and showcases the colorfulness of their dialect.
See what’s inside! In every game set, you receive two sets of cards, (1) ‘Say It’ and (2) ‘Dweet’, a timer, a buzzer and a die. An guess wah? They all come together to make this one of the best Jamaican Trivia games you can find. Yuh know di answer? Guess it right to win! It’s that simple. Get your favourite people around for a fun-filled game night!USD $59.97USD $59.97
The word boonoonoonous is a word of love, and award-winning writer Olive Senior’s Boonoonoonous Hair!, is a journey to self love! Young readers will discover how Jamilla learns to love her electric, kinetic, bombastic, fantastic, twirly, whirly, curly, fuzzy, snappy, nappy, wavy, crazy, boonoonoonoonous hair.
This wonderfully conceived book features Laura James’ vibrant, energetic illustrations that celebrate the dynamism of black hair and are sure to fire the imagination! Plus you get to say ‘boonoonoonous over and over again!
Author: Olive SeniorIllustrator: Laura JamesBinding: PaperbackPages: 48USD $23.97USD $23.97
Dive into the wonderful world of Caribbean animals with My Caribbean Colouring Book.
Whether you love owls or ibises, iguanas or starfish, My Caribbean Colouring Book presents animal friends from in the air and deep beneath the sea.
It’s a great way to learn about animals from across the Caribbean while having lots of coloring fun! In here you’ll meet coneys and crocodiles, dolphins and dragonflies, and even monkeys and manatees.
Come learn, play and colour!USD $7.97
A part of the Peenie Wallie series, this board book is full to bursting with a sweet-sweet rhyme offering up both rhythm and flavour. It’s packed with colourful, tangy, and tasty Jamaican fruits like mangoes, star apples and sweet sop.
And the vibrant watercolour illustrations look oh so juicy and yum, yum, yummy! Yum Yum Yummy is a celebration of Caribbean fruits. Not only does it feature vibrant colors but it also makes a great read-aloud book for the little ones.
Author: Theresa C Givans
Illustrator: Richard Nattoo
Binding: Board book
Pages: 12USD $12.97USD $12.97
Just add imagination! With A Pig in a Parachute, there is no need to leave your bed to go on an epic adventure. These quirky, colourful, sometimes furry and always fun animals can’t wait to come twirling, flying and careening to life.
A Pig in a Parachute is a great introduction to colours and animals and awesome alliterations. A Pig in a Parachute is a part of the Peenie Wallie board book series.
Author: Rebecca Tortello
Illustrator: Michael Robinson
Binding: Board book
Pages: 12USD $12.97USD $12.97
Take a safari down the Black River, where Charlie the Crocodile lays fast asleep. Then take a bite of tasty foods and sweet Jamaican treats. Or better yet, take a trip to the moon where the cows have impeccable table manners.
Featuring seven hilarious poems, Charlie the Crocodile and Other Ridiculous Rhymes invites you to get to know Jamaica. These witty poems are sure to delight the young ones and have them giggling along.
Charlie the Crocodile this is a feast of food, family, culture and poetry for young minds. Charlie the Crocodile is a Peenie Wallie board book.
Author: Theresa C Givans
Illustrator: Keddan Savage
Binding: Board books
Pages: 12USD $11.97
Jamaican alphabet flashcards!
Is for Breadfruit is a great fun way to learn the alphabet – Jamaican style! It contains 26 alphabet cards featuring elements of Jamaican flora, fauna and culture.
Learning the alphabet is easy with these beautifully illustrated flashcards. The charming, full colour illustrations are large print, easy to read, and the perfect size for tiny hands. With offerings like A is for Akee, R is for Reggae and M is for Manatee, they are a great way to learn the alphabet while learning about Jamaican culture.
Binding – Cards Number – 26USD $8.97USD $8.97
Bolo the Monkey, winner of the 2013 Reader’s Choice for Best Children’s Picture Book, and Jamaica National Book Award for Best Children’s Cover, is written in a captivating rhythm with vivid, vibrant images. It is the story of a young, daring, little monkey who dreams of being able to make a difference.
Bolo leaves the forest and goes out into the world to learn new things and new ways of doing them. He returns to the jungle with a daring idea to be a sweet potato farmer instead of foraging the forest for fruits, which is the way monkeys have always lived.
Despite his best efforts he first meets with failure and ridicule but Bolo refuses to give up. He continues to believe in his dream and learns to overcome. He is showered with praise and reaps great fame for his efforts.
Author: Jonathan Burke
Illustrator: Nicholas Martin
Pages: 20USD $9.97USD $9.97
When Carolyne receives a colourful dress covered in bright red, pink and yellow flowers from her aunt in the Caribbean, she loves it! Her Mum, Grandma and her other aunt think it just won’t do.
The dress is much too bright for the cosmopolitan, conservative country in which they now live. They try to convince Carolyne that she needs to fit in, not stand out. But when Carolyne’s father takes her on a walk she discovers her beautiful dress with its vibrant colours can bring happiness to a lot of people. The Happiness Dress celebrates that difference is a trait that many can share as well as a truth we sometimes forget, the importance of fathers in girls’ lives.
The Happiness Dress won the Commonwealth Foundation Special Prize for a children’s story in 2011.
Author: Diane Browne
Illustrator: Rachel Moss
Pages: 20USD $9.97USD $9.97
When Tosh is awakened by the lowing of a cow, he and his older sister Sandy go in search for more than a quick look. So up and down the neighbourhood they go until they discover the elusive moo cow.
Sandy, Tosh and the Moo Cow beautifully captures the magic of discovery … and cows.
Paula-Ann Porter Jones has spent a life in media and is one of Jamaica’s most celebrated radio personalities. A mother of four, she has long found joy in telling stories to children. Sandy Tosh and the Moo Cow is her first publication.
Author: Paula-Anne Porter Jones
Pages: 32USD $23.97
Waking up can be hard to do! Despite the alluring sounds of birds, cows and dogs that try to draw him out from beneath the covers, Kingston just wants to stay in bed. He must decide whether he will give in to sleep or be true to his adventurous and fun-loving nature.
Irie Morning is a children’s picture book featuring a delightful poem and engaging watercolour illustrations. Eight-year-old Kingston lives on the cliffs of Negril with his family, and he’s probably the most irie boy you will ever meet.
Irie Morning captures the sensibility of a Jamaican childhood, the sights, the sounds the smells: from the crow of a rooster in the morning to the mouthwatering smells of sweet sugar dumplings rising up from the kitchen.
Author: Alison Moss-Solomon
Illustrator: Adom BurkeUSD $9.97USD $9.97
Abigail has a lot of hair. A lot of poufy, poufy hair! Her hair takes a long time to be combed, especially when it has just been washed. But each stroke of the comb, each twist of a braid, and each passing of fingers through her hair is a moment of bonding between mother and daughter. The ritual of parting and combing the hair also provides a moment for the women of the family to sit and share important matters.
Little girls still safe and snug in their mother’s arms, mothers with daughters young enough to need their hair combed, and those who remember this experience, can all enjoy Abigail’s Glorious Hair. Delightful illustrations by Rachel Moss skillfully capture the mood of the story.
Author: Diane Browne
Illustrator: Rachel MossUSD $9.97
Off Track by Tamika Gibson is an intense yet wistful, funny and ultimately inspiring novel, that makes a great addition to the repertoire of dramatic teen romances. Told from the engaging perspectives of dual protagonists 16 year-old Kayla Francis and 17 year-old Joel de Freitas, the novel explores Caribbean high school athletics, where success brings more than glory.
Focused and gifted with unrelenting drive, Kayla has one goal – make it to the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic team. But Kayla has no interest in glory or fame. The focus and determination that makes her the envy of her teammates comes because for her track is a path out of the circle of things to be fixed, near empty bellies, and always waiting for the end of the month. All she wants is a chance to break out from the poverty slowly eating away at her mother and grinding down her younger sisters and escape the violence always at the edge of their world in the form of their aunt’s abusive, lecherous boyfriend. So, she has no time to worry about her relationship with her semi-estranged father. She has no time for fun and friends and definitely not for her growing interest in her teammate Joel.
But Joel has far more to him than fast legs and a charming smile. With his father’s track legacy looming large in the public mind, it seems Joel was born to run. But as much as he has been running toward his dreams of Olympic gold he has been trying to out the shadows from his father’s past, a father whom he has never net, but whose mistakes have shaped Joel’s own path.
The story features themes that range across athletics, family, growing up, crime, and migration, love as well as romantic and filial love. Set in contemporary Trinidad and Tobago, Off Track is grounded in a Caribbean life and culture but has themes that teens anywhere can understand – the ways in which expectations and aspirations may turn into burdens we have to carry and hurdles to be overcome. Ultimately, Off Track is a lively, vibrant story about taking control of your own destiny, facing challenges head on and that even when you stumble of even fall, with great determination, nothing can get you off track from your dreams.USD $23.97USD $23.97
The Handy Dandy Craft Box is the perfect gift for a primary school child. It contains all you need to get started on making crafts. When paired with the “Art and Craft for Elementary School” book, you can make all 52 projects from the “Art and Craft for ELementary School” book and have leftovers!USD $24.97USD $24.97
Art and Craft for Elementary School contains 52, easy-to-make arts and crafts projects which can be made in short time periods. User are guided through each project, with step-by-step pictures.USD $16.99
This guide includes projects and journaling activities designed to activate and stimulate your child’s ability to become a self-motivated leader. Great leaders have innate qualities and our guide pulls out and challenges bright sparks to focus on problem solving, conflict resolution and organizational skills. Developing leadership skills is an on-going journey but with regular practice, children can grow in awareness and increase confidence to use their talents.USD $15.00USD $15.00
David Muir’s archival eye has snapped moments in time memorialized in books, exhibits, and galleries at home and abroad. Muir’s special love for candid, cultural and lifestyle photography inspires his work, and is a signature component of his acclaimed art collections.
His photo art collection, Pieces of Jamaica™, was critically acclaimed and led to national and international exhibition tours. In 2012, works from the exhibition were published as a coffee table book titled Pieces of Jamaica™: The Real Rock Edition.
The book features vivid photographs capturing Jamaica’s rustic reality revealing the island’s spirited humanity and the intrinsic beauty found in its people. Dynamic live performances, dance and theater are brought to life through Muir’s still photography.USD $49.97USD $49.97
If you are a parent relative or other caregiver with the responsibility of the care of a child with a disability or special needs, you are not alone! There is a world-wide “village Community” to inform, guide, inspire and encourage you on your journey. Christine E. Staple Ebanks’ book, How to Cope: Parenting a Child with Special Needs, published by BalaPress, brings it all together for you.
The Author’s, as well as others’, “lived experience” of being the parent of a child with a disability or special need, bolstered by a rich cache of research, professional expertise, useful tools, and other powerful resources.
Altogether, you will be enabled to accept and embrace the “gift” that is your child, focus on your child’s ability and not his/her disability, and in the process assert the right to, and advocate for “quality of life” for all.USD $24.97
Easton Lee’s book, Kiss Mi Granny, published by BalaPress, is a collection of poems and stories that delves into universal matters of the heart and home, of love and loss, of tragedy and triumph, potion making and problem solving.
All set against the unique backdrop of Jamaica and is infused with, and inspired by, the spice, the wisdom and humour of the island’s countless matriarchs.
It strives to keep their spirits alive, to pay homage to their strength, perseverance, customs, and their legacy of love, learning, courage, quiet dignity, and grace.USD $19.97USD $19.97
Run Big ‘Fraid…and other village stories, by Easton Lee, are stories about real people as they lived their lives in a remote Jamaican setting. Some are sad and may perhaps evoke a tear, others amusing, making you laugh. One or two little risqué, still others make you think.
Many have much to teach us about ourselves and our people in those times of our grand and great grandparents, how they survived at a time when there were none of the modern amenities and convenience we now take for granted.
You may learn something of our ancestral lore and ancient wisdom, much of which we have lost, or discarded, or forgotten in our embracing of alien cultures. These are certainly glimpses of what life was like for our people not so long ago. A BalaPress book.USD $19.97
Lest We Find Gold by Melanie Schwapp, is a powerful and compelling masterpiece of fine literature.
The rhythmic story weaves between the past and present of Millicent ‘Milly’ Pratt’s life; through the ‘golden’ layers we uncover the secret issues of insecurity, domestic abuse, social prejudice and the internal struggle between fear and acceptance.
We look beneath the ‘caftan’ that cloaks Milly in self-deception, confusion and pain, and we are left gasping as she strips herself to release the freedom of ‘naked finery’. A BalaPress book.USD $24.97USD $24.97