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Official Bio


Summer Edward is a Gingko Prize longlisted author who writes for children and adults. Her children's book, The Wonder of the World Leaf, will published by HarperCollins UK/Collins Big Cat on March 1, 2021. 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. When she is not writing, she works as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann, a readers' advisory specialist at EBSCOHost Novelist, and reviews Caribbean children's and young adult books for The Horn Book Magazine. 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.

Unofficial Bio


Here are a few facts about me:


I was, am and always will be a late bloomer.


I am single and childless, but have a niece and nephew that I adore.


Some jobs I've had include children's museum play attendant, theater usher, audit assistant, childcare advocate, college writing instructor, and afterschool program mentor.


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.

Awards/Honors



Kweli Color of Children's Literature Scholarship and Mentorship


Longlisted for the international Ginkgo Prize for Ecopoetry


Shortlisted for a We Need Diverse Books Mentorship


Shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize for poetry


Shortlisted for the Small Axe Literary Prize for fiction


Named an Emerging Caribbean Writer to Watch by Bocas Lit Fest


Highlights Foundation Children's Writers Residency


Highlights Foundation/Eric Carle Museum Literacy Workshop Scholarship for educators


Cropper Foundation Writers Residency