R119. Africa and the Caribbean in Children's Literature

Ballroom A, Tampa Convention Center, First Floor
Thursday, March 8, 2018
9:00 am to 10:15 am


Place, culture, and language inform and influence our characters' stories. Join a handful of children's and young adult authors and illustrators who are from or have ties to specific countries in Africa and/or the Caribbean for a discussion centered around diverse books. Topics include how contemporary children's literature has both the opportunity to introduce myriad cultures and settings to American children as well as a responsibility to authentically represent them within their works.


Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author of seven picture books including One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and SLJ. She currently serves as Mentorship Chair for We Need Diverse Books.

Eucabeth Odhiambo is a member of the Department of Teacher Education faculty at Shippensburg University. As a classroom teacher, she taught all grades between kindergarten and high school. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in the early childhood program. Auma's Long Run is her debut novel.

Baptiste Paul is the author of The Field, forthcoming by NorthSouth Books. He grew on the caribbean Island of St Lucia, speaking Creole and English. He holds BA degrees in Environmental Science and Political Science from Bucknell University.

William Alexander writes science fiction and fantasy for young audiences. His novels include Goblin Secrets (a National Book Award winner) and Ambassador (an International Latino Book Award finalist). He teaches at the Vermont College of Fine Arts Program in Writing for Children and Young Adults.


March 7–10, 2018
Tampa, FL

Tampa Convention Center & Marriott Tampa Waterside