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Official Bio


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. When she is not writing, she works as a children's fiction editor at Heinemann and reviews children's and young adult books by authors from the Caribbean and its diaspora for The Horn Book Magazine. 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.

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.


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 Sing the Truth! Mentorship Program for children's authors


Kweli Color of Children's Literature Scholarship


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


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


Cropper Foundation Writers Residency


Roothbert Fellow