On February 18th, we will be talking about children’s books with Caribbean children’s book authors (and mothers) Nerissa Golden, Carol Ottley-Mitchell, Stacey Alfonso Mills about writing literature for and/or about the Caribbean for children.
Nerissa Golden (Montserrat) released her first children’s book, Island Days , a collection of illustrated poems about growing up in the Caribbean in November of 2013. She is the CEO of goldenmedia, a publicity and brand development company serving public, private and non-profit clients across the Caribbean and North America. Nerissa was named one of TechLink’s 2013 Caribbean Innovators for her work at a community level in technology advocacy, education, public awareness and innovative solution implementation. She has also written The Making of a Caribbeanpreneur: Strategies for Overcoming Fear and Building Wealth , as well as Truly Caribbean Woman’s Guide to Good Love.
Carol Ottley-Mitchell (St. Kitts and Nevis) is the self-published author of nine children’s books. Eight of the books are based in the Caribbean and children reading these books get an engaging peek into the culture, history, and geography of the Caribbean. Now a stay-at-home mom, Carol has turned her attention to promoting literacy and a love of reading among Caribbean children. She has volunteered on projects on literacy and education in St. Kitts and in Ghana where she lived for three years. Carol’s books have been nominated for the 2014 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for Children’s Literature.
Stacey Alfonso-Mills (Trinidad) is the self-published author of two early-reader books: The Boys of Sinclair Hills – Fun in the Backyard and The Boys of Sinclair Hill – The Princess, The Treasure and The Blue Dragon, which are written and illustrated with a Caribbean cultural influence. Both books are currently available in Trinidad and Tobago and are also part of a primary school literacy programme in Trinidad and Tobago, called ‘Read to Rise,’ established by The Bridge Foundation in 2013. Stacey is currently preparing to launch her third children’s book “Manatee Has a Question” along with a colouring book, which has a Caribbean wildlife/environmental awareness theme. Stacey is also the Managing Director of MAALAN Resources Limited, which offers project support services in the oil and gas industry.
Eva Greene Wilson (Trinidad) aka “SocaMom” is the editor of SocaMom.com and Author of Anancy’s Family Reunion, published in 2013. Her blog posts have been featured on BlogHer.com, and republished in b3 Caribbean Magazine (print and online) and Outlish Magazine (online). She has interviewed soca artists Bunji Garlin and Fay-Ann Lyons, former Essence Editor in chief Constance White, fashion trailblazer Anya Ayoung-Chee, Jamaican TV personality and beauty queen, Kamila McDonald Alcock, Trinidadian stage and screen actress Hazelle Goodman, and other leaders in the Caribbean community about connecting children to Caribbean culture and balancing motherhood, higher education, and career. She was most recently honored with two Black Weblog Awards – Best New Blog and Best Parenting Blog.
Join us on Youtube.com/socamomusa to watch the live chat on Tuesday February 18th at 8:30 PM EST. Participate on Twitter with the hashtag #caribbeanmomswrite! If you miss it, subscribe to the SocaMom youtube channel and watch it any time. – Watch here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PpGodX8zqYI