My Wish Quilt

by Summer Edward

Quilt by Summer Edward
I like to dream,
just me and what I think.
I see from outside looking in,
all my funny thoughts,
some of them strange.

I can do my own dreaming
anywhere, any time.
I have all the yarn I need,
pieces of the story inside
to stitch the dream
together like a quilt,
my wish quilt.

I like to dream 
my wish quilt full of words
I choose, heroes I invent.
My mind sends me postcards,
places new or real in life.
The places are mine now.
What I dream I own;
I’m in charge.

I like to dream
when I’m all alone,
in class not listening at all,
on the bus looking out.
My stories have patterns
full of guessing.

Shake out
the wish quilt
of pictures in my head
moving more
than pictures outside.


About the Author...

Summer Edward is the Founder and Managing Editor of Anansesem. Her poems, fiction and art have been published in tongues of the ocean, BIM: Arts for the 21st Century, St. Somewhere, Philadelphia Stories, The Columbia Review, Obsidian: Literature in The African Diaspora, The Caribbean Writer and more. She is currently at work on several picturebook manuscripts.
Caroline Binch's latest picturebook project, Look Back!, celebrates the relationship between a grandmother and her grandson Christopher as she tells him about her Caribbean childhood adventures in the rainforest in search of a mysterious creature called Ti Bolom. Is Grannie’s Ti Bolom real or just one of her stories? Written by Trish Cooke, a British children's author of Dominican heritage, Look Back! was published by Papillotte Press in May 2013.

The illustrations "Grannie as a little girl" and "Christophine is frightened" depict Grannie as a little girl searching for the mysterious Ti Bolom in the rainforest. The illustration "Christoper Ponders" depicts the grandson Christopher reflecting on Grannie's story about Ti Bolom and wondering if it's true.

Grannie as a little girl

Christophine is frightened

Christopher Ponders

Caroline on what Caribbean children's illustration means to her:

"I hope that all my books that focus on the Caribbean, including my latest, Look Back!, can lead to better understandings between children from different countries. Gregory Cool, for example, is now read by children in both the UK and Tobago and has led to exchanges between the two countries. I hope my books can lead to making the world a more friendly place where children can identify with the similarities between them and not the differences."


Caroline Binch is the acclaimed illustrator of Amazing Grace, which has sold more than one million copies and was named "One of the Best Illustrated Children's Books of the Year" by the New York Times. A winner of the Smarties Prize, she was twice shortlisted for the Sheffield Children’s Book Prize. Among her work set in the Caribbean is the picture book Gregory Cool (set in Tobago) which she also wrote; Hue Boy (with words by Rita Phillips Mitchell) and Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games and Songs for Children (with Grace Hallworth). She lives by the sea in England but has traveled widely in the Caribbean, having visited Jamaica, Belize, St Lucia, Trinidad and Tobago and Dominica where she researched Look Back!

View more of Caroline's work here:

Cherise Ward's illustration project “Fruits and Fantasy: I Believe in Fairies” was born out of her love of storytelling and fantasy, and was inspired by an unpublished poem she wrote titled “Caribbean Fairies”. Her intent was to create original fairytales, based on the flora and fauna of the Caribbean, that had the feel of the classic European fairytales she enjoys.

Each illustration tells a story, but also invites the viewer to imagine a story of their own. Ward included portraits of friends, to create a relationship between the ‘real world’ and the fantasy world.

The story-illustration "Toad King" depicts the toad king, his subjects, and the golden apple tree, while "Passionfruit" depicts the hummingbird fairies in a passionfruit tree. All of the illustrations in this visual storytelling series were created using acrylic ink on watercolour paper.


Toad King


Cherise on what Caribbean children's illustration means to her:

"Caribbean children’s illustration teaches children to love themselves by showing them what great stories they can tell, and what they can achieve. It is an opportunity to showcase the rich culture of the Caribbean, and the fact that we as artists, have no limits to what we can create. Our culture and our stories are relevant, and can make a difference in our children’s lives, both in the Caribbean and around the world."


Cherise Ward is an illustrator from Barbados. After studying Visual Arts at the Barbados Community College, she received her BFA in Illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work is greatly inspired by nature, and her love of storytelling. Some of her freelance work includes doing book illustration, as well as making puppets. Her work has been in exhibitions in Barbados, as well as in New York City. Her most recent projects include local mural design, and illustrations for a children’s book written by Mario Picayo.


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