author & children's advocate

Meet Summer



The Wonder of the World Leaf is a beautiful introduction to the rich and varied culture and traditions of Caribbean children's literature.  

    —Margarita Engle, Newbery Honor winning author of The Surrender Tree

Meet Summer

Summer Edward is a Gingko Prize-longlisted author who writes fiction, poetry and nonfiction for readers of all ages.


Born in Trinidad, Summer grew up a third culture kid. She earned a master of education at the University of Pennsylvania. A former college writing instructor, she studied fiction at the Kelly Writers House and received writing residencies from the Highlights Foundation and the Cropper Foundation. Summer created Anansesem, an ezine covering Caribbean literature for young readers, which was published for a decade. When she isn't writing, she works as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann, a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost Novelist, and reviews Caribbean children's/YA books for The Horn Book. She is a lifelong Roothbert Fellow, and has served on the juries of the Golden Baobab Prizes for African children's literature, OpenIDEO's Early Childhood Book Challenge, and the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. A dual citizen of America and Trinidad and Tobago, she divides her time between the two countries.