Many thanks to Margarita Engle for sharing this link from Anansesem, which features forthcoming books for children and young adults, including Engle’s Lion Island: Cuba’s Warrior of Words, Olive Senior’s Boonoonoonous Hair, Julia Alvarez’s Where Do They Go?, and Mario Picayo’s Brown Pelicans,
among many others. Make sure to visit the publisher’s website for full synopses of these summer and fall reads.
The year 2016 has already been an interesting year for Caribbean children’s and young adult books. The spring release cycle brought us breakout books like Malaika’s Costume by Jamaican-Canadian writer Nadia L. Hohn with illustrations by Irene Luxbacher and the YA novel A Fierce and Subtle Poison by Samantha Mabry. Another YA debut, Gone to Drift by Diana McCaulay, marks the Jamaican’s author’s first crossover into writing for younger audiences.
There have also been some noteworthy new works from veteran authors, of which Eric Velasquez’s picture book Looking for Bongo and Full Moon Night in Silk Cotton Village: A Collection of Caribbean Folk Tales by John Agard and Grace Nichols with illustrations by Rosie Woods stand out particularly. In February, Agard’s typically quirky chapter book Going Batty was also released. Burn Baby Burn by Meg Medina already looks to be another triumph for the award-winning Cuban-American author.
With Puerto Rican-American author Daniel Jose Older’s YA novel Shadowshaper recently named a New York Times bestseller and Trinidadian John Lyon’s children’s poetry collection Dancing in the Rain shortlisted for the 2016 CLPE Children’s Poetry Award (CLiPPA) last month, there is much to be excited about in regional children’s and YA literature right now. Check out our seasonal listing of highly-touted new titles to be released later this year.
For full synopses from the publisher’s website, see http://www.anansesem.com/2016/06/summerandfallbooks2016.html