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Rainforest of Reading in St. Lucia: 2018


Each year we look for the essential ingredients of great stories. This year, we’ve combined important human themes of inclusion and diversity with not-so-inhuman monsters, dragons and pirates. 2018 may be the most exciting mix yet created by Canadian storytellers!

Sonya White

GUELPH — October 28, 2017.
The long list was long indeed: Canadian publishers sent 150 titles to OneWorld Schoolhouse Executive Director Sonya White. But after careful deliberation, a dozen special stories were selected for the Rainforest of Reading Festival in St. Lucia. So, a drum roll, please.…here are the nominees for St. Lucia’s Rainforest of Reading Award 2018:

Braids! Written by Robert Munsch; Illustrated by Dave Whamond. Scholastic Books.

Captain Monty Takes The Plunge Written by Jennifer Mook-Sang; Illustrated by Liz Starin. Kids Can Press.

Happy Dreamer Written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. Scholastic Books.

I Love My Purse Written by Belle DeMont; Illustrated by Sonja Wimmer. Annick Press.

I Want A Monster Written and illustrated by Elise Gravel. HarperCollins Publishers.

Me, Me, Me Written by Annika Dunklee; Illustrated by Lori Joy Smith. Kids Can Press.

Morris Micklewhite and the Tangerine Dress Written by Christine Baldacchino; Illustrated by Isabelle Malenfant. Groundwood Books.

Monster Truck Buck Written by Dan O’Dell; Illustrated by Jason Doll. Peanut Butter Press.

Not Your Typical Dragon Written by Dan Bar-el; Illustrated by Tim Bowers. Penguin Books.

The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do Written and illustrated by Ashley Spires. Kids Can Press.

Under-The-Bed-Fred Written by Linda Bailey; Illustrated by Colin Jack. Tundra Books.

Where Oliver Fits Written and illustrated by Cale Atkinson. Tundra Books.

Thanks to Freight Partners International and Norm Nadon and Jodie McNeil friends who magically transport festival books from Canada to kids in St. Lucia!

Challenging literacy development
Although English is the official language of St. Lucia, Krewyol is spoken as much or more outside the classroom.

I read. I travel. I become.

St. Lucian author & 1992 Nobel Laureate
Out of this world
After reading "Postcards from Outer Space' a student in Montserrat is inspired to be the next Chris Hadfield.

Too many people grow up. That's the trouble with the world.


Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.

Philosopher, Psychologist (1842-1910)

It is by acts and not ideals that people live.

Author (1844-1924)

Reading brings us unknown friends.

Novelist (1799-1850)
And the Winner in Montserrat is....
Marlaina White (Left) announces the Second Annual Rainforest of Reading Award to Illustrator Jan Dolby (Middle) and Author Joyce Grant for "Gabby."

At the moment that we persuade a child, any child to cross...that magic threshold into a library, we change their lives forever.


Start some kind words on its travels. There is no telling where the good it may do will stop.

Sir Wilfred Grenfell
Humanitarian, Medical Missionary (1865-1940)
Find 52: The Road to Reading in Grenada
In February 2015, Richard ran right around Grenada, a distance of 52 miles. 52 "Mile Captains" raised $40,000.

If we want to make this world a better place, then we have to become better ourselves. There is no easy route.


If you believe what you can, quite literally, believe anything.

Professor, Philosopher (1912-1991)

If you get the right [words] in the right order, you might nudge the world a little.

Sir Tom Stoppard

Life is too deep for words so don't try to describe it, just live it.

C. S. Lewis
Author, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
It's a long story
Books packed by kids in Ontario for their peers in the Caribbean travel 1,800 kilometres by road then another 5,275 kilometres by container ship.

Literacy is, finally, the road to human progress and the means through which every man, woman and child can realize his or her full potential.

Secretary-General of the United Nations (1997-2006)

All I know is what I have words for.

Ludwig Wittgenstein

A good book is the best of friends, the same today and forever.

Author (1810-1889)

The future is always beginning now. Each moment is a place you've never been.

Poet (1934-2014)