Six Caribbean writers have been shortlisted for the annual Bocas Children’s Book Prize with stories about Caribbean mythology and adventures and confronting contemporary issues facing young people today.
Now in its second year and sponsored by the Wainwright family, five of the 2022 prize books are by writers from Trinidad and Tobago and one is by a Jamaican author. The winner receives $1,000 and the prize is open to Caribbean-born authors residing anywhere in the world of English-language books published between August 1, 2021 and August 31, 2022.
Josse Franco, a children’s author and the winner of the NGC Bocas Lit Fest 2020 Dragonzilla short story writing challenge (age category 9-12) will now review the judges’ selections for the shortlist, to be announced. in November.
Joan Osborne, retired chief justice and executive director of Nalis, thinks the themes of the books will excite and intrigue the curiosity of today’s young minds and nurture a reading habit. She said: “Each entry signaled a unique excursion into the lives of Caribbean children, their games, their fantasies, their stories and their fears.”
The full long list of additional information is available at: www.bocaslitfest.com/awards/childrens-book-prize/
2022 LONG LIST:
Aarti Gosine, The Land Below (JAV Publishing, 2022) – T&T
Nadine Johnson, I Write Rhymes (123 Mango Tree LLC, 2021) -JAM
Danielle McClean, The Whisperer’s Warning: Secrets of Oscuros (Caribbean Reads Publishing, 2021) – T&T
Alake Pilgrim, Zo and the Forest of Secrets. (Knights Of Ltd, 2022) – T&T
Phillip Simon, Petra and Panman’s Daughter (Phillip Simon, 2022) – T&T
Pearl Entou Springer, Children of the Sun (Frontline Distribution Int’l, 2022) – T&T
The annual BLF Children’s Book Award is given to an outstanding children’s book in English aimed at young independent readers, written by a Caribbean author. This award aims to recognize and celebrate excellence in writing and intriguing storytelling that can capture young imaginations and help establish a lifelong love and habit of reading among Caribbean youth.