Duende Natural's African Diaspora Children's Book Drive

Duende Natural's African Diaspora Children's Book Drive.
July 24 - Aug. 10, 2014 • Brooklyn, NY
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Great Ideas Stand the Test of Time.

Duende Natural & Sankey's Afro-Caribbean Historical Museum have teamed up to start collecting Children's books of the African Diaspora for the youth of Costa Rica's Caribbean Coast.

We are looking to create a mobile library that will be stationed at various Caribbean towns to foster the growth of cultural knowledge in the area.

Search through your personal books, ask your friends and neighbors for any books that are no longer in use or head to your local book store and purchase a book for a child.

As we grow we will be expanding our book drive to other areas of interest.

Drop-off locations:

    Martine's Dream
    681 Nostrand Ave, bet. Prospect & Park Pl, Brooklyn
    Days: Wednesday - Sunday
    Times: 12pm - 8pm

    Arts East New York
    851 Hegeman Ave, Brooklyn
    Days: Monday - Friday
    Times: 11am-5pm

Read It Forward!

For more info contact:
Cheryl Browne
The Duende Natural Team
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'Raise A Reader' Video campaign

Give a child a positive start - A reading start!

Our children are not too young to read to. Research shows that reading to your child is the single most important thing you can do to prepare your child for reading and learning. Knowledge Bookstore has a beautiful assortment of board books for little fingers to handle with simple language and memorable storylines. These books will engage and promote the self esteem of African babies as they benefit from seeing people like themselves reflected in the stories they read.

- Knowledge Bookstore

Up The "Down" Ladder


Up The "Down" Ladder now available for .99 cents (regular price is $2.99) from May 9-16th. For more information, click on the book image, it will take you directly to Amazon.


Who REALLY killed the Andersons?
Who’s behind the COVER UP? That is the question!  
A 9-1-1 call to the San Diego police department on August 4, 2013 reporting a two-story home on fire in Boulevard, California is only the beginning of many harrowing events to follow.
After a woman’s body and the body of a dog is found inside a detached garage, murdered, a bloody crowbar next to the woman’s body, the dog shot in the head, the homeowner and two kids are reported missing.
Assuming homeowner, James Lee DiMaggio killed the children’s mother, Christina Anderson—the woman’s body discovered in the garage—setting his home on fire, he then kidnapped Anderson’s two children, Hannah age 16 and Ethan age 8.
The following day the remains of a child, burned beyond recognition, is found inside DiMaggio’s burned-to-the-ground home. And even this is only the beginning.
After a week-long manhunt, DiMaggio, maybe an innocent man, based on information from San Diego’s sheriff Bill Gore, is then shot down by the FBI in what appears to be actions of a firing squad.
The public has doubts on the validity of what is being told. Stories continue to morph, and more doubts arise. More and more lies brings the question of Hannah and Brett Anderson’s innocence into doubt—at least for the public.
But the story doesn’t end here. This story is only beginning…

Acclaimed Local Author to Judge New Principals’ Award for Children’s Literature

The CLIPP Award

Children's Literature Independently Published Principals' Award

Acclaimed Local Author to Judge New Principals’ Award for Children’s Literature Submitted by Deb Bennetts

The Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award, CLIPPA, has announced the judging committee for the 2014 prizes for independently published children’s books. The committee, which comprises top elementary school principals, educators and authors from across the U.S., includes Jean Marzollo, of Cold Spring, educator and award-winning author of the I SPY children’s series.

“We are thrilled to have a panel of high-caliber judges like Jean assessing the entries for the first-ever CLIPPA awards,” said Lisa Hayes, of Kabuki Helps, sponsor of the awards. “This roster of leading educators from across the U.S. will ensure we honor authors who are meeting the highest standards of originality, learning quality and language in their children’s literature.”

Awards will be presented in two categories: children’s books for Grades K-2 and children’s books for Grades 3-4. Entries will be accepted through July 31, 2014. For more information, official rules and an entry form, visit http://www.clippaward.com.

Jean Marzollo is author of more than 100 books, including the award-winning I SPY series for children, Pierre the Penguin, The Little Plant Doctor, Mama Mama/Papa Papa, the Shanna Show books and more. Over the years she has been a high school English teacher, assistant director of Harvard’s Project Upward Bound, Director of Publications for the National Commission on Resources for Youth, and editor of Scholastic’s Let’s Find Out Magazine. She has written books and articles for parents and teachers, including The New Kindergarten.

The other judges are Ann Beccia, director of the Madison (CT) School for Young Children; Susan Dillard Espiritu, principal of Pond Gap Elementary School in Knoxville, TN; Mary Beth Gaertner, principal of Salem Lutheran School in Tomball, TX; Jessica Johnson, elementary school principal, Dodgeland, WI; Gail Kinsey, principal of Fairfax Villa (VA) Elementary School; Jon Konen, principal of Lincoln Elementary School, Great Falls, MT; Eunice Lasala, retired teacher and children’s reading advocate, Branford, CT; and Beth Kolehmainen, children’s literature and literacy educator, Grantham, NH (alternate). About the CLIPPA

The Children’s Literature Independently Published Principals’ Award (CLIPPA) awards were created to recognize and encourage independent authors who self-publish outstanding children’s books that offer fun, learning and creativity. To be eligible, books must be self-published by the author between 2011 and 2014, in English, printed in hard copy and available for purchase in the U.S. Two awards will be presented: one each for children’s books for Grades K-2 and children’s books for Grades 3-4. Award winners will receive a cash prize of $250, a consultation session on promoting self-published books with brand-builder Mike Michalowicz, author of The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur (valued at $450) and other prizes. For more information, official rules and an entry form, visit http://www.clippaward.com.

The Courage to Go Forward

Accents Bookstore is pleased to present: Bernadette Hood-Casear,
In Her Own Words a reading and signing event of her memoire The Courage to go Forward.

About the book: The Courage to go Forward, chronicles Bernadette Hood-Caesar's personal journey as she took a stand in a class-action suit against the State of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.

She stood up for the rights of 65,000 staff employed in the Trinidad and Tobago public service.

This book 'Courage' tells the story of one worker who understood a struggle, against odds in defence of the interests of all her colleagues.
-Lennox Grant, Journalist/Columnist

Contact: Bernadette Hood-Caesar     
Tel: 289-892-4355
E-mail: bhood432gmail.com

Copies of this book will be available at the event.

Acknowledgements: Toronto Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Accents Bookstore, Knowledege Bookstore, Red Planet Sound Crew, Abubacar Fofana Leon, Sean Liburd, Enisone L. Kadiri, Simone Da Costa, Donna Benry, StarApple Books, LTD.


Call for Submission

Writers and illustrators, the deadline for the May issue is April 25th and we're on the lookout for your stories and poems! Let's make the May issue a great one for our child readers!

For submission guidelines, please click on the image below, it will take you directly to the submission guidelines page of Anansesem's website.

Stories of Place

Anansesem Caribbean Children's Literature E-zine

One of the themes for the May issue is 'Stories of Place'. Write about the town, village or neighborhood where you live. As you write, pay attention to the street, the landscape, the environment. What makes your hometown special? Put it in a story or poem!

For more information about the Stories of Place click on the image below, it will take you directly to the submission page of Anansesem magazine's site.

The Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme

The Harriet Tubman Student Summer Programme 2014

(5th Anniversary Celebration)


Exciting news for youth this summer...

The Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on the Global Migrations of African Peoples at York University invites youth ages 14-18 (or grade 9 to grade 12) to participate in its Student Summer Programme.

Youth will participate in daily activities (art, dance, creative writing, sport, storytelling, graffiti, music, workshops, trips and classes) that will give them an overview of the contributions of African peoples and cultures to the historical development of the world. Experienced educators, facilitators, volunteers and students from York University will deliver all the sessions.


Some themes:

  • African and Caribbean histories. 
  • The Slave trade in Africans and slave resistance (historical and contemporary representations).
  • African, Caribbean and Afro-Latino American identities.
  • Memory, community values like folkloric traditions in African, African Diaspora (African descended communities outside of Africa) and specifically the African Canadian contexts.
  • Museums, archives and popular culture.
  • Contemporary issues of histories of migrations, race, slavery, education and gender.
  • Introduction to technology to digitalize community historical records: working sessions, photographs and documents.

The programme will run from July 7-18th at York University and will be at no cost to the youth selected to participate: there are about 30 spaces available. Meals (breakfast and lunch) as well as transportation (bus tickets) will be provided. The 5th annual student summer programme will be held at the Archives of Ontario, Keele Campus (York University). It runs approximately from 9.00am - 3.30pm each day.

The youth will have the opportunity to accumulate community hours and an official certificate from the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University will be awarded to students on completion of the programme.


Please find the Call for Applications attached.

Contact Info:

Phone: 647-6063644

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The Curse of Sea Shell Cave

The Curse of Sea Shell Cave is the second book in the Junior Private  Investigator's series for children.

It is available for pre-order $2.99 from the following stores:

Apple iBooks


Barnes & Noble NOOK book


If pre-ordered prior to general release on April 21, 2014, the reader will be able to obtain the first in this mystery/whodunit series, The Jay-Pea-Eyes aka Junior Private Investigators, absolutely free.

Paperback of The Curse of Sea Shell Cave will be available from all good bookstores after April 21, 2014.

Children's Author Event

Saturday, April 19 at 1:00pm.

"Join us for a special storytime by author Simone Da Costa who will be signing copies of her books, "Emily-Rose's Day at the Farm" and "A Silly Rhyming Alphabet Book Anout Animals from A to Z."

Press Release-The Woman On Fire Gala

For Immediate Release

March 14, 2014, Toronto, Ontario 

The Woman On Fire Gala

When: Sunday, April 27th, 2014
Venue: Thistletown Lion’s Club
Address: 15 Grierson Road (Islington/Hwy 401)
Doors open with Cocktails: 5:00pm
Dinner: 7:00pm
Info: 647-713-3622

You’re Invited To Our Media launch:

Wednesday 2nd April
Thistletown Lions’ Club 15 Grierson Road (Islington/Hwy 401)
Doors open: 7:00pm
All media are invited, including print, online, radio and TV.
Please RSVP by March 28th to: 647-713-3622
Award winners will be announced at the media launch!

Who is the WOMAN ON FIRE?

The “Woman on Fire” is creating a blazing path, creating success for not only herself, but for those behind her. She boldly shares her journey on this road with others so they too can appreciate her challenges, witnessing her tears, but most of all…the smiles of accomplishment. While on the road full of pot holes and blind spots, the “Woman on Fire” seeks mentorship and support through the hills and valleys of business. She is not afraid to fail because she knows that in her failure lie her lessons for success that will bring her from the darkness and into the light. “Women on Fire” are known for listening to that small voice in the depths of their inner being, choosing to believe in themselves when no one else does.

 “Woman on Fire” is about allowing yourself to discover and share your gifts with the world. We honour the “Women on Fire” at this gala. The evening will begin with a WOF Mingle, where all sponsors have an opportunity to present themselves followed by a catered sit down dinner. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from 5 outstanding speakers that will lead to the honouring of the 5 women nominated for WOF awards.

WOMAN ON FIRE will be an epic evening of inspirations; passionate connections, laughter, tears, entertainment and so much more we invite you to become a sponsor or a guest.


Jilian Saweczko, Mother, Wife, Entrepreneur, Politician
Suzette Dallas, Mother, Wife, Entrepreneur – Suzy Mari Health & Fitness Studio
Natalia Popovich, Entrepreneur – Nat & Home
Natasha Morris, Entrepreneur – Gift’d
Tamara Sylvan, Mother, Wife, Female Firefighter & Entrepreneur – BCPR Smart


Singer: Woodney Pierre
Dancer: Shelly Ann McLeod, COBA
Live Band:  The Poetic Vibes led by JNichole Noel


The Woman On Fire Cocktail Hour: 5:00pm
Sit down dinner: 7:00pm
Award Winners: 8:00pm
Speakers: 8:45:00pm
After Party: 10:00pm

For any additional information, tickets or how you can be involved contact The Networking Diva Group:

And although her light burns high and low,
Never does the flame extinguish.