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Featured Illustrators: Danielle C. McManus-Sladek

Danielle C. McManus-Sladek
United States/Jamaica

Danielle C. McManus-Sladek's self-published e-picturebook, My Grandma's Journey is a fictional story inspired by her grandmother, Evelyn Brissette's, journey from Jamaica. It tells of Evelyn's adventure on a ship destined to America when she was seven years old, and her special friendship with a girl named Edna Marsh. You can preview My Grandma's Journey on

In the illustration "Evelyn Leaves Kingston", a sad Evelyn is held in the arms of her mother Edith as she waves goodbye to friends and family. For this illustration McManus-Sladek used watercolor, pastels, and brown sepia ink outlines. She channeled her own memories of moving across town as a child in creating this illustration.

The illustration "Evelyn Remembers" shows Evelyn thinking about all the things she left at home including her cat, Murry; Evelyn is flying back to Jamaica with her favorite blanket that her mother made her. He…

Power's Back, Grandpa

by Lisa Shaw

“Quick! Distract the monster and get the energy shields!” Micky shouted.

“Energy shields activated!” his twin brother Ricky announced. “Just one more obstacle and we’ll be level 9 champions.”

Micky and Ricky both did a little jig as they anticipated the leader board ratings they would surely get for clearing one of the most difficult rounds in their favourite Internet game. They had never made it this far before, and they had been playing all summer.

Micky returned to the computer, rubbed his hands together, and began his turn at clearing the last obstacle course in the game. They had discovered a long time ago that they played the game better together than on their own. Ricky was so excited that he stood, hands in mid-air with fists closed, ready to celebrate. Victory was only a moment away.

“Now, Micky! Now! Fire the cannonball now! ”

“Boys!” Grandpa called from the living room where he was watching television. “Too loud!  Keep it down a little.”

Grandpa had come up fr…

Review: Drummer Boy of John John by Mark Greenwood

Mark Greenwood (Author), Frané Lessac (Illustrator)
Lee and Low Books
Picture book/biography, ages 3-8

It's Carnival time in Trinidad and the residents of John John are busy preparing for the big Carnival parade. When the Roti King announces that he will give free rotis to the best mas band in the parade, young, roti-loving Winston desperately wishes he was in a band. Wandering into the junkyard one day, Winston accidentally discovers that he can produce musical sounds from old discarded containers― biscuit tins, oil cans, pots, and pans. Winston's musical prowess soon draws a following and a band is formed. Using their freshly fashioned instruments, they steal the show at the Carnival parade and drum their way to a roti feast to be remembered.

Greenwood's writing in Drummer Boy of John John strikes a pleasant note; the story is deftly and exuberantly told. In the junkyard scene and subsequent pages, Winston's discovery of the musical potential of the discarded container…

[Meet the Author] Gomes-Mckie Takes the Helm: Interview with New Regional Advisor of the SCBWI Caribbean South Chapter

Summer Edward interviews Marsha Gomes-Mckie

In the field of children's literature, the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) can be considered the gold standard of professional associations. Founded in Los Angeles, USA in 1971, and with chapters in every American state and over 70 countries, the SCBWI plays a strong role in children's publishing worldwide.

In the Caribbean region, an active chapter of the SCBWI once existed. Headquartered in Trinidad, a small cadre of illustrators, writers, and activists from various islands started meeting in 2005. With Trinbagonian children's book author Joanne Gail Johnson at the helm, the group was known as the Caribbean South Chapter of the SCBWI.

In its earliest incarnation, the Caribbean South Chapter was both a writing group and a grassroots professional development organization. Members worked out a culture and a modus operandi for producing and championing children's literature at the local level. Bu…

Connor Conrad and the Forest Children

by Krys-Darcelle Candace Dumas

Connor Conrad looked up from his game of marbles. Just a moment before his brother and sister had still been playing in the yard. But now they were gone.

“James?” Connor called to his friend, “Where are Sally and Benjamin?”

“I don’t know. They were here a minute ago.”

Connor started to sweat. He had been ordered to watch Sally and Benjamin while his father went to the supermarket, but he had looked away from them, only for a moment, while he took his turn with the marbles. Where had they gone?

“We have to go look for them, James.”

“I can’t,” said James. “It’s time for me to go home. Sorry dude, but you’re on your own.”

James took off, leaving Connor to ponder on his own. Connor was worried. He thought about what would happen when his father returned and asked him about the two younger ones.

“Maybe they went around by the school to ride their bicycles,” Connor thought. “I’ll go look for them there.”

He jumped onto his bike and set off down the hill. He fol…