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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
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
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
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