Caribbean Books for Elementary Readers
Agard, John, Grace Nichols, Cynthia Jabar (Illustrator).
No Hickory No Dickory No Dock: Caribbean Nursery Rhymes. Candlewick
Ages 4-8 will enjoy these lilting nursery rhymes.
Under the Moon & Over the Sea : A Collection of Caribbean Poems.
Candlewick Press, 2003.
School Library Journal described this book as A collection of more
than 50 poems guaranteed to chase away any winter blahs.
Burgie, Irving, and Frane Lessac (Illustrator).
Caribbean Carnival: Songs of the West Indies
William Morrow, 1992.
For ages 4-8, this collection includes easy piano and guitar arrangements
for many calypso and folk songs. Irving Burgie is the composer of Day-O,
Jamaica Farewell, and other calypso classics, and includes
those tunes as well as Michael Row the Boat Ashore and Yellow
Boyds Mills Press, 1994.
This collection of poems and proverbs of West Indian writers is accompanied
by folk paintings with all the beauty and color of the region.
Conolly, Yvonne, Gloria Cameron, and Sonia Singham
Mango Spice: 44 Caribbean Songs
A&C Black, 1994.
Ages 9-12 will enjoy this book of spirited songs.
Elder, J.D., Bess Lomax Hawes, and Alan Lomax (Compiler)
Brown Girl in the Ring: An Anthology of Song Games from the Eastern
Pantheon Books, 1997.
This collection of 68 childrens songs includes not only the music
and the lyrics but also the stories behind them.
A Caribbean Counting Book
Houghton Mifflin, 1996.
Its easy to catch the Caribbean spirit with this fun counting book
for ages 5-7. Publishers Weekly said about this book, The
sights and sounds of the Caribbean burst into life in this vibrant collection
of traditional counting rhymes.
Gunning, Monica and Frane Lessac (Illustrator)
Not a Copper Penny in Me House: Poems for the Caribbean
Mills Press, 1993.
For all age levels, this collection of poems talks about growing up in
Hallworth, Grace (Editor) and Caroline Binch (Illustrator
Down by the River: Afro-Caribbean Rhymes, Games, and Songs for Children
Cartwheel Books, 1996.
For ages 4-8, this collection includes rhymes, chants, and games of Afro-Caribbean
origins. Girls will love the jump rope rhymes and hand-clapping games.
Putnam Publishing Group, 2002.
Vivid watercolors capture the spirit of the Caribbean in this story of
Joseph, Lynn and Sandra Speidel (Illustrator)
Coconut Kind of Day: Island Poems
William Morrow, 1990
For ages 4-8, this book of poems follows a Trinidad girl through her day.
Rau, Dana Meachen and Katie Lee (Illustrator)
Undersea City: A Story of a Caribbean Coral Reef
Soundprints Corp. Audio, 1997.
This story follows a land hermit crab in the Dominican Republic in his
search for a new shell.
Sherlock, Philip and Petrina Wright (illustrator)
The Illustrated Anansi: Four Caribbean Folk Tales
MacMillan Publishers Ltd., 1995.
Ages 4-8 enjoy the tales of the Caribbeans most popular folk character:
spider named Anansi.
Children of Cuba
For ages 4-8, this book portrays the daily life of Cuban children against
the backdrop of their history and customs.
Also see: Books
for Young Adult Readers, Picture