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Summer Edward is a Ginkgo Prize longlisted author who writes for children and adults. Her children's book debut, The Wonder of the World Leaf, was published by HarperCollins UK/Collins Big Cat on April 1, 2021. She has six more children's books forthcoming, to be published by Heinemann (USA) in summer 2021 and spring 2022. She has worked with HarperCollins, Candlewick Press, Heinemann USA, Peepal Tree Press, and University Press of Mississippi. She created Anansesem, an online magazine covering Caribbean literature for young readers, which was published for a decade. She previously worked as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann and has reviewed children's and young adult books for The Horn Book Magazine and Kirkus Reviews. She is a lifelong Roothbert Fellow, a member of the International Literacy Association's Children's Literature and Reading Special Interest Group, 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. Born in the Caribbean island of Trinidad, Summer grew up in Trinidad and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and currently divides her time between Trinidad and the USA.


Here are a few facts about me:

I was, and probably forever will be, a "late bloomer."

I love gardening and nature, and prefer the country to the city any day.

I wrote my first book at age eight and always knew that I would grow up to be writer.


Finalist— Brett Elizabeth Jenkins Poetry Prize         Mentee— Kweli Sing the Truth! Mentorship Program
       and the Majda Gama Editors’ Prize                                             for Children's Authors        

Kweli Color of Children's Literature Scholarship         Longlisted— International Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry

Shortlisted— We Need Diverse Books Mentorship        Shortlisted— Small Axe Literary Prize (Poetry)

Shortlisted— Small Axe Literary Prize (Fiction)        Named a "Writer to Watch" by Bocas Lit Fest

Highlights Foundation Children's Writers Residency        Cropper Foundation Writers Residency

Highlights Foundation Literacy Educator Scholarship         Roothbert Fellow
in collaboration with the Eric Carle Museum                                      
of Picture Book Art