Rainforest of Reading®


RAINFOREST OF READING®, a book festival featuring 12 award-winning children’s books from Canada, will plant its roots in schools throughout the Eastern Caribbean starting in Saint Lucia and Grenada. The three-week event will engage 4,000 Grade 3 students in over 100 primary schools. It is the largest literacy initiative ever undertaken in a region still reeling from infrastructure damage caused by Hurricane Ivan (2006) and Hurricane Tomas (2010) and the economic impact of a global recession.

The festival grew from the experience of Sonya White, a special education teacher in Guelph and her husband, Richard Clewes, who collected over 13 tons of books (about 130,000 titles) this year for Caribbean schools through their charity, OneWorld Schoolhouse Foundation.

This year’s nominees include Richardo Keens-Douglas, a Grenadian-Canadian and author of The Nutmeg Princess. Nominees were selected by local Ministry of Education literacy co-ordinators from a list of 250 Canadian children’s books. The 12 finalists are:

  • "Bee Yourself" by Kerry Sather. Your Nickel’s Worth Publishing
  • "Crazy about Soccer" by Loris Lesynski. Annick Press
  • "Ella’s Umbrellas" by Jennifer Lloyd. Simply Read Books
  • "Gift days" by Kari-Lynn Winters. Fitzhenry & Whiteside
  • "Jack the Bear" by Christina Leist. Simply Read Books
  • "Look at that Building!" by Scot Ritchie. Kids Can Press
  • "Pussycat, Pussycat, Where Have You Been?" by Dan Bar-el. Simply Read Books
  • "Stanley’s Little Sister" by Linda Bailey. Kids Can Press
  • "The Matatu" by Eric Walters. Orca Book Publishers
  • "The Nutmeg Princess" by Richardo Keens-Douglas. Annick Press
  • "Today, Maybe" by Dominique Demers and Gabrielle Grimard. Orca Book Publishers
  • "Wishes" by Jean Little. North Winds Press
For more information - Nominees Press Release | 2013 Wrap up and 2014 Launch

For contact information please contact:
Sonya White
OneWorld SchoolHouse Foundation
Tel.: (519) 316-0059
Email: sonyawhite@oneworldschoolhouse.org