Sunday, January 31, 2010

More Caribbean Children's books from Jamaica

The Sand Pebbles Pleasure Series, developed by Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited, aims to provide children with entertaining reading material featuring Caribbean situations. The series focuses on fiction and biographies, and includes collections of short stories, chapter books and novels.

 Books in the series

Every Little Thing Will Be All Right by Diane Browne
- BIAJ Best Children’s Book award, 2004
Five entertaining stories about boys and girls who have to find
resourceful ways of solving the special challenges which they face.

Jojo’s Treasure Hunt by Cherryl Shelley-Robinson
 –  BIAJ Best Children’s Book award, 2004
Twelve-year-old Jojo is determined to find a Spanish jar full of
treasure which will prevent his family losing their home. But, he
is afraid of the mid-night ghost.

Freedom Come by Jean Goulbourne
These five memorable stories recapture the exciting experiences
of children who lived in Jamaica as Tainos, slaves and buccaneers.

Miss Bettina’s House by Hazel D.Campbell
–BIAJ Best Children’s Book Cover award, 2006
Miss Bettina’s abandoned animals invite a homeless boy, Ernest,
to take care of them. But, they have to find a way to outwit the
dangerous rascal, Curry Dan, who wants to capture Miss Bettina's house.

Jenny and the General by Jean D’Costa
– BIAJ Best Children’s Book award, 2006
Ten-year-old Jenny is in trouble. Only her old pet Alsatian dog senses
the danger. He sets out to rescue her. Can he reach her in time?

 Little Island-Big Adventures by Maria Roberts Squires 
 – Best Children’s Book Cover award, 2009
Sara-Ann and her best friend Ruben get up to a lot of antics during
their last school year on their beloved island home on a tiny Grenadine
island in the Eastern Caribbean

Tek Mi! Noh Tek Mi! Caribbean Folktales 
ed Hazel D. Campbell
Eight authors from across the CARICOM region relate
ten unusual folktales originating in their countries. Accompanied
by two audio CDs

  Bernie and the Captain’s Ghost by Hazel D.Campbell
BIAJ Best Children's Chapter Book 2011

Six orphans are invited to spend their summer holiday in a
rural part of Jamaica. There they encounter an adventure which
challenges their physical and mental capabilities. Bernie, the main
character doesn’t allow his physical handicap to deter him from
solving the mystery of the Captain’s Ghost

**** NEW!!! ****
by Diane Browne 

****A must read book ****

For more information on these books Email Carlong at


Friday, January 29, 2010

New Caribbean Children's Book -A Goatboy Never Cries

This is my new Caribbean Chapter book for children ages 8-10. Colour illustrations
Published by LMH PUblishing Co in Jamaica in December 2009

Johnny gets a quaint pet, 'Gringo' which changes his plans for
summer holidays in surprising ways. Jillian , his sister,
tells the story of that strange summer with Gringo.

Here's an extract from A GOATBOY NEVER CRIES by Hazel D. Campbell
At first, Johnny's new friends ridiculed him. His new name was'goatboy'.
I thought it was a stupid name, but, I suppose, if there were 'cowboys'
to take care of cows, there could be 'goatboys' to take care of goats
and 'pigboys' to take care of pigs and so on. However, I don't think
I would like anyody to call me a 'chicken girl' OR WORSE, a 'fowl girl'.

available from LMH Publishing ltd
Tel:876 938-0005
Fax: 876- 759-8752

Dancing Princesses

My granddaughter Shannon made this cloth collage for my Christmas present. She's talented. Dancing Princesses are still part of a young girl's fantasy - I guess, even in the Caribbean. Should a Caribbean author write stories about Princesses?-dancing or not?

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Television and young children

Many Caribbean parents are worried about the influence of television on their young children. Here's my take on this.It may be difficult monitoring what they watch, but make an effort to watch programs with them. and comment on the programs so that you give them a framework in which to interpret what they see.

Think about it. You constantly give guidance by commenting on what you think is appropriate behavior in many different areas, whether it be suitable manner of dress, bad manners, unsatisfactory behavior etc. Do it for the television program content as well. Watch programs with your children- The spin off - more bonding time and you just may enjoy some of those programs - many are highly entertaining and informative.

Of course you could always cancel or severely curtail tv time and read a book with them
-Utopia!!!!!! for authors

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Sunday, January 24, 2010

New Caribbean children's Book

I am looking forward to getting copies of my newest book for children Bernie and the Captain's Ghost, an adventure story published by Carlong Publishers(Caribbean) Ltd in Jamaica. Tell you more soon

Thursday, January 14, 2010


My heart bleeds for Haiti. In 1987,David Rudder,Trinidadian calypso/soca singer came out with a song 'Haiti I'm sorry' It's a powerful piece. I wrote a story inspired by that song. You can read it in my book of short stories entitled Singerman. It's not a children's book but it makes good reading Available from Peepal Tree Press at

Here's the first verse of Rudder's 'Haiti'

Toussaint was a mighty man
And to make matters worse he was black
Black back in the days when blackmen knew
their place was in the back
But this rebel he walked through Napoleon
Who thought that wasn't very nice
And so today my brothers in Haiti
They still pay the price

Haiti I'm sorry
We've misunderstood you
One day we'll turn our heads
and look inside you
Haiti I'm sorry
One day we'll turn our heads
Restore your glory

NUFF said!!!