Friday, November 2, 2012

2013 Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge

In an effort to get myself (and hopefully others) to read more juvenile literature written by Caribbean authors, I'm launching Caribbean Juvenile Literature Reading Challenge 2013.


Read 20 Caribbean children's and YA novels in 6 months.


Want to do this challenge? Here's how.

1. Read the books on the list below. Don't worry if you aren't able to read all 20, just read as many as you can.
2. Leave a comment on this post so I can know who's reading along with me. I'll post the names of challenge participants here on my site and link to their blogs. This way, everyone can visit participants' blogs and check out any reviews or blog posts related to this challenge. Which brings me to the next rule.
3. Blog about the books that you read. I'll also be blogging about the books as I read them.
4. You don't have to read the Challenge books in the same order that I'm reading them and you can read at your own pace. That said, for the sake of discussion, some synchronicity would be nice!
5. Visit the Reading Challenge Tracker page where I'll be keeping track of my progress and linking to Challenge-related items and posts.
6. Keep up with the Challenge on Twitter by following this hashtag: #Caribkitlitchallenge
7. Feel free to grab this button for your site to let others know you're doing the 2013 CJLR challenge and to help spread the word:

Lastly, here are the challenge books:

1. The Jacob Ladder by Gerald Hausman
2. Blue Mountain Trouble by Martin Mordecai
3. Surprising Joy by Valerie Bloom
4. Inner City Girl by Colleen Smith-Dennis
4. Taste of Salt: A Story of Modern Haiti by Frances Temple
6. Earth's Waters by Nicole Blades
7. Tonia of Trelawney: A Buccaneer Girl by Jacqueline Grant Kent
8. The Firefly Letters: A Suffragette's Journey to Cuba by Margarita Engle
9. Abeng by Michelle Cliff
10. Butterfinger by Bob Cattell and John Agard
11. Buxton Spice by Oonya Kempadoo
12. The Meaning of Consuelo by Judith Ortiz Cofer
13. One Bright Child by Patricia Cumper
14. Anacaona: Golden Flower, Haiti, 1490 by Edwidge Danticat
15. Popo and Fifina by Arna Bontempsad Langston Hughes
16. Abraham's Treasure by Joanne Skerrett
17. Sprat Morrison by Jean D'Costa
18. Escape to Last Man's Peak by Jean D'Costa
19. The Amazing Absorbing Boy by Rabindranath Maharaj
20. Brown Sugar and Spice by Betty Peter

Backup books (in case any of the books above prove intolerable, or I can't track down a copy):

1. Jamaican Schoolgirl by Elisabeth Batt
2. Sometimes Hard by Cyril Dabydeen

Thanks and hope you will join me as I explore Caribbean children's and YA books!

Summer Edward is a Children's Literature and Publishing Consultant. She holds an M.S.Ed. degree in Reading, Writing, Literacy from the University of Pennsylvania and is the recipient of a Highlights Foundation Scholarship for promising children's writers and the School of the Free Mind's inaugural Way of the Book Honor Award given to artist-authors demonstrating long and sincere commitment to changing the world through children's books. Learn more about her here .



I think this is a great idea, Summer. I will definitely join in you in reading some Caribbean authors. Thought I won't commit to 20 in 6 months, I will definitely keep the list and refer to it often until I've read them all. The only ones I've read already are Escape to Last Man Peak, and Anacaona: Golden Flower.

Summer Dula Edward, RYT 200, M.S.Ed.

Thanks Tracey, I appreciate you joining in :) Of course...people can read at their own pace, as many books as they want or can. How was 'Escape to Last Man Peak'? I'm looking forward to reading 'Anacaona'.


Fantastic, Summer - thanks for lettin g me know about your challenge. Can other books be substituted if neceeary - not sure how accessible some of these are in the Uk - but I'd liek to do the Challenge, if I can start my six months a little later in the year...?

Summer Dula Edward, RYT 200, M.S.Ed.

You're welcome Marjorie. I'm happy you want to participate. Yes I can imagine how some of these books might not be accessible where you are. Feel free to adapt and tweak the Challenge as you wish. My concern is simply to get more people reading Caribbean children's and YA lit. Thanks for stopping by!


One day my book's gonna be on this list! Challenge accepted, just have to find the time now.:p

Summer Dula Edward, RYT 200, M.S.Ed.

Hi travesaou,

Thanks for dropping by. The books are really interesting thus far. I hope you will indeed do it! Leave me a comment if you decide to blog about any of the books; would love to hear thoughts on them.

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I will get back to you as soon as I can!