“This list of 25 books includes 11 from the Caribbean. In this regard, it goes against the grain of existing literature. Statistics compiled by the Cooperative Children’s Book Center reveal only 10% of children’s books published in 2015 featured characters of African or Latin backgrounds, and the percentage of those which were Caribbean based is minute. We must make a concerted effort to expose our children to books that reflect their culture in a recognisable manner. According to Rudine Sims Bishop, Professor Emerita at Ohio State University, “When children cannot find themselves reflected in the books they read, or when the images they see are distorted, negative or laughable, they learn a powerful lesson about how they are devalued in the society of which they are a part.”
And so we must encourage our children to read widely and with relish, and we must actively seek to put Caribbean books into their hands.”
My book Musical Youth, now on the secondary schools reading list in Antigua and Barbuda, finds itself on this list somewhere on this list between All Over Again, the Caribbean book that won the Burt title the year I was first runner-up, and The Redwall Series.
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