author & children's advocate


Sept 30

Children's Author of the Month at The National Library of Trindad and Tobago

September 30, 2021 | 9:44am

Next month, Summer will be the children's author of the month at The National Library of Trinidad and Tobago. Join us as she shares her new picture storybook, The Wonder of the World Leaf (HarperCollins UK, 2021), with Trinbagonian audiences. All events will be virtual.

Visit the Facebook page of The National Library of Trinidad and Tobago here. >>

Jul 27

Special Invitations

July 27, 2021 | 10:30am

Summer is now an invited member of the Children's Literature & Reading Special Interest Group of the International Literacy Association; the invitation to join the group was extended to her by the group's president-elect, Dr. Sandip Wilson.

Learn about the Children's Literature & Reading Special Interest Group here. >>

Summer is one of 100 poets of African descent invited to be featured on AfriPoeTree SIV (Selective Interactive Video), a new Pan-African digital platform funded by the Arts Council England. AfriPoeTree SIV will offer users a fully interactive experience with poems and poets offered through print, audio and video, as well as interviews and performance. The project is being developed by writer, editor and publisher Kadija Sesay and will be produced by Yorkshire based digital media and theatre company 2b Acting on their innovative SIV platform. Content will be accessible across all platforms including mobiles, tablets, and desktop computers. Poets featured will include W.E.B. Dubois, award winning African-British poet Sophia Thakur, Pulitzer prize-winning African American poet Tyehimba Jess, Ake Festival director/Nigerian writer Lola Shoney, T.S. Eliot Prize winning Guyanese author Fred D’Aguiar, and more.

Mar 31

Blog Tour for The Wonder of the World Leaf

March 31, 2021 | 12:00pm

Join us on this blog tour for Summer's children's book, The Wonder of the World Leaf, a new title in HarperCollins UK's Collins Big Cat series! From dynamic duo Summer Edward (author) and Sayada Ramdial (illustrator) comes a hopeful nature-loving tale of community and caring that follows a young Trinidadian girl's quest to heal her Grannie using bush medicine.

Learn about The Wonder of the World Leaf here. >>

Mar 5

Summer Edward Awarded Kweli Scholarship and Mentorship

March 5, 2021 | 6:00pm

Summer is one of 40 BIPOC creatives awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2021 Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference. The scholarship covers full access to the conference, as well as 6 months of Kweli mentorship from May 2021 through October 2021. Summer's mentor, Kirsti-Jewel, is a Kweli Fellow, educator, transcript writer for the award-winning podcast, Rebel Girls, and children's author whose children's book debut is forthcoming from Penguin Random House.

Learn about the Kweli Color of Children’s Literature Conference here. >>

Jan 1

Publication News

January 1, 2021 | 10:00am

Heinemann USA will publish 6 illustrated leveled books written by Summer for their Fountas & Pinnell Classroom™ Shared Reading Collection, starting with a biography-in-verse titled Renaissance Man: Geoffrey Holder's Life in the Arts. Publication is set for 2021.

Summer will be a contributor to Bookmarked: New Caribbean Writing, a print anthology compiled by the editors of PREE journal and funded by the Prince Claus Fund. Publication is set for February 2021.

Also, she will be a chapter contributor to Children’s Literature of the Caribbean and its Diaspora, edited by Drs. Betsy Nies and Melissa Garcia Vega, a scholarly print anthology from University Press of Mississippi. Publication is set for 2021.

Stay tuned for the cover reveal for Summer's children's book debut, The Wonder of the World Leaf, which will be published by HarperCollins UK on April 1, 2021.

Pre-order the book here. >>

Add the book to Goodreads here. >>