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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 in 2021. She is also the author of eight children's books published by Heinemann (USA). 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 School Library Journal, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews, and more. 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. For her 14 years of advocacy for more and better Caribbean representation in literature for young readers, Edward has been dubbed "the doyenne of Caribbean children's books" by British literary journalist Polly Pattullo Hon. FRSL. Born in the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago, Edward grew up in Trinidad and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She lives in Florida.


Here are a few facts about me:

I am a perennial "late bloomer."

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

Although I live in and call the USA my home, all of my children's books were written on
Trinidadian soil. Something about being in my land of birth always inspires my pen.

As a child, I was a runner-up in a national children's writing competition in Trinidad,
and I wrote my first book at age eight. I 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