This morning was the presentation ceremony for the #readAntiguaBarbuda #voteAntiguaBarbuda (now #discoverAntiguaBarbuda through its literary culture) Readers Choice 2017-2018 Wadadli Youth Pen Prize Book of the Year initiative. The winner was Vivian Luke, author of F. A. K. E. and she designated the Foundation Mixed School as the school to receive the EC$950+ in books in her name, made possible through contributions by five patrons. Vivian lives in the US but was represented at the Monday 8th April 2019 morning festivities at the Best of Books by her cousin Josina Luke who read a statement on her behalf. Josina, also, accepted a certificate from the Best of Books for her as well. Thanks to all. Here are some pictures.
And in case you were interested, the way we did it is we wanted it to be fun for the kids, we want reading to be fun for them; so we invited a delegation from the school to come to the store and make their picks. Best of Books set up two tables, one with Antiguan-Barbudan and Caribbean books and one with international books so that they got the best of all worlds. This means that they went away with books like Carol Ottley-Mitchell’s Pirates at Port Royal and Adventure at Brimstone Hill from her Caribbean Adventure series, illustrated by Ann-Catherine Loo, as was another of the children’s picks Chee Chee Fights Back from her Chee Chee Adventures series, plus Caribbean Reads Publications’ Round My Christmas Tree, Barbara A. Arrindell’s Legend of Bat’s Cave and Other Antiguan Stories (illustrated by Edison Liburd), Iris Josiah’s Tiny Goat and Tiny Bird alphabet books from her Tiny Island Series, Joanne C. Hillhouse’s Musical Youth, Cherise Harris-illustrated With Grace and both Danielle Boodoo Fortune-illustrated Lost! A Caribbean Sea Adventure and its Spanish language edition translated by Loudymar Lightfoot and Nneka Edwards Perdida! Una Aventura en el Mar Caribe, among the other books in the running for the Readers Choice vote Gemma Handy’s Explore Antigua and Barbuda and Floree Williams Whyte’s The Wonderful World of Yohan, Lion Paw and Oliver: an Unlikely Friendship by Heidi Fagerberg, Collins’ Big Cat books How the Birds Got Their Colours: Tales from the Australian Dreamtime by Helen Chapman, Twinkle Twinkle Firefly featuring poems by Caribbean poets John Agard and Grace Nichols with illustrations by Satoshi Kitamura, and Travellers Guide to the Solar System by Giles Sparrow, plus child-friendly bios on Brian Lara, Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, and Rosa Parks, several books in the Diary of a Wimpy Kid and Dork Diaries series, of course, Geronimo Stilton and Cave Mice books, and Treasury of Illustrated Classics –
sooo many books made possible thanks to discounts provided by the Best of Books making them another of the prize’s patrons. Thanks to them as well for that.
It was lovely to see the children so excited about shopping for their books and we hope they enjoy them.