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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 $17.97USD $17.97
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 GivansIllustrator: Richard NattooBinding: Board bookPages: 12USD $9.97USD $9.97
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 TortelloIllustrator: Michael RobinsonBinding: Board bookPages: 12USD $9.97USD $9.97
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 GivansIllustrator: Keddan SavageBinding: Board booksPages: 12USD $9.97
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 $6.97USD $6.97
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 BurkeIllustrator: Nicholas MartinBinding: PaperbackPages: 20USD $7.97USD $7.97
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 BrowneIllustrator: Rachel MossBinding: paperbackPages: 20USD $7.97USD $7.97
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 JonesBinding: HardcoverPages: 32USD $17.97
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 $7.97USD $7.97
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 $7.97
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 $17.97USD $17.97
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
It is 1972 and 12-Year-old Rebekah Eve is excited to be on her way to the prestigious Meridian Institute with her best friend, Wanda. But Rebekah’s joy is dampened by her parents’ separation. She misses having her father at home and the fun things they did together. Most of all, she dislikes her mother’s new ‘friend’ – Thomas Forrest – who is trying way too hard to win her over. These personal changes take place while her country, goes through dramatic changes of its own, and life gets even more complicated when her new friend John is arrested for the attempted assassination of the Governor.
To cope, Rebekah turns to her art. But her paintings take on new, or rather ‘old’ life, as figures from the past seep in and replace her usual subjects. She is thrust into a whirlwind of emotion as her visions and the resulting paintings unveil wounds of the past that are not buried as deeply as some would like. With help from the mysterious Lady of the Library and her new art tutor Mr. Stowe, Rebekah makes sense of these visions and unearths the truth behind one of Bermuda’s legends. But some truths are difficult for anyone, especially a young girl, to digest. Ultimately, she must learn to trust herself, believe in her talents, and that even a little black girl from a small island, could one day become a famous artist.
A Dark Iris, an Elizabeth J. Jones book, seamlessly combines the historical novel with magical realism as it explores history and identity. It was a finalist for the 2018 CODE Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature.USD $14.97USD $14.97
For the second time in her life, 15-year-old Rune Mathura comes face-to-face with a brutal murder when her classmate Dumpling Heera goes missing and is eventually found dead. Dumpling’s murder drags the small, rural village of Kukuyo into the national spotlight, revealing a darkness curdling in the town. But Rune knows that the memories of the villagers and police are short. Inspired by her love of detective television shows, she launches her own investigation.
Yet, Rune soon learns that real life is not the same as television and neither justice nor evil appear in black and white. Her journey takes her along a bloody trail of chicken feathers, down a muddy ravine and into a grimy den where she encounters dark secrets and a terror that is very, very real.
This gripping mystery comes from the pen of one of the Caribbean’s most potent new voices. Kevin Jared Hosein is a winner of a Commonwealth Short Story prize and has been twice shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize for prose. He has previously published The Repenters and Littletown Secrets. The Beast of Kukuyo was one of the winners of the 2017 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.USD $12.97USD $12.97
Obsessed with girls, devoid of muscles and faced with hostile teachers and a reading disability, 15-year-old Danesh has been struggling to survive life in the lower bowels of the Essequibo high school system. In a community wracked by alcoholism, suicide and corruption, he sees no purposeful path for himself. Then, Medusa, a creature of savage beauty and determination, crashes into his life and reveals a whole new world beneath the muddy waves – a world full of wonder, adventure and the possibility of becoming a better person. But Danesh soon learns that the path before him is not an easy one and to get there he just may have to redefine what it means to be a hero.
With clear Lovecraftian and mythical influences, Imam Baksh weaves a compelling tale that creates something completely new. The Dark of the Sea is a fantastical adventure that is buoyed by dark, irreverent humour. The Dark of the Sea is the winner of the 2018 Burt Award for Caribbean Young Adult Literature. Imam Baksh is also the author of Children of the Spider (2015).USD $12.97USD $12.97
Seventeen-year-old Chelsea Marchand was pretty satisfied with her life. Until recently. Willing to play the dutiful daughter as her father’s bid to become Prime Minister of their island home brings her family into intense public scrutiny, Chelsea is swept along by the strong tidal wave of politics and becomes increasingly disturbed by her father’s duplicity. She finds a reprieve when she meets Kyron, a kindred spirit encased in low riding blue jeans. The two share a bond as he too struggles to get beyond his father’s shadow.
But when Chelsea discovers an even darker more sinister side to her father’s world, a discovery that makes her question the man he is and the woman she wants to be, she must decide how much of her own dreams she is willing to compromise to make her father’s come true. But can she find the strength to stand up to her father and chart her own journey?
Tamika Gibson serves up a fascinating and stirring debut novel about growing up and accepting who you are, regardless of who your parents may be. Buoyed by the rhythms, heat and lyrical lilt of contemporary Trinidad and Tobago, Dreams Beyond the Shore is a heartwarming story declaring that decisions matter far more than destiny.
Dreams Beyond the Shore won first prize in the 2016 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.USD $12.97USD $12.97
A week ago, Desma Johnson had only two things on her mind – in exactly eight days, she would be sixteen years old and to top it off she was inline for a top scholarship, bringing her one step closer to her dreams. Life was perfect and nothing would get in the way of her birthday plans. But it’s 1959 and the secret Progressive Group has just announced a boycott of all cinemas in Bermuda in order to end racial segregation.
As anxieties around the boycott build Desma becomes increasingly aware of the racial tensions casting a dire shadow over the island. Neighbours she once thought were friendly and supportive show another side. So, Desma must learn that change is never easy, and even when others expect small things from black girls, she has the right to dream big.
In this startling debut, Florenz Webbe Maxwell takes a little known fact about Caribbean history and weaves an engaging tale that speaks eloquently to the contemporary experience. The book, Girlcott, takes you beyond the image of Bermuda as a piece of paradise and charts a narrative of resistance, hope and the importance of fighting for change.
Girlcott won a Burt Award for Caribbean Literature (2016) prize.USD $12.97USD $12.97
Mayali is a girl on the run. Driven by desperation and the search for her father, Mayali leaves behind everything she has ever known on her home world of Zolpash, a land of sulphur and harsh weather, and journeys to Guyana. There she meets Joseph, a tech-savvy boy without the gift of speech but with much to say. Together they go on a daring, cross-country adventure to save earth from the invading Spider gods and their armies. Will their warning come too late? Will anyone even believe them? And will Mayali be able to find her father?
This book, Children of the Spider, is a fast-paced adventure. The story moves from the lush hinterlands of Guyana through to the bustling city of Georgetown where the colonial past continues to rub shoulders with the gritty, contemporary world. It is a refreshing take on Caribbean myth and mythology from an interesting new voice.
Imam Baksh’s book, Children of the Spider, won first place in the 2015 Burt Award for Caribbean Literature.USD $12.97USD $12.97
Growing up is hard. Who can manage it? You?
The book, All Over Again, is a hilarious coming of age novel as a boy struggles to navigate the perils of puberty, bullies and the most annoying little sister in the world. Written by A-Dziko Simba Gegele.USD $10.97USD $10.97