It is another unique publication designed to engage the country’s young readers ages five to 13, as it contains their own stories with illustrations that can be coloured, bound between glossy covers. With some of the nation’s top yarn-spinners inspiring the children during the month-long annual caravan, many imaginative ideas find their way onto the pages of this book.
They address community spirit, problem solving at school, the environment, personal, social and community relationships and include cultural reflections and folklore, among other topics.
Each year the storytelling caravan makes it way around Trinidad and Tobago awakening the joy of hearing and telling stories. The stories told by children are collected and published to coincide with the annual April festival. The caravan is due to make stops in Couva, Chaguanas, Cedros, San Fernando, Toco, Siparia and Port-of-Spain before April 30.
Danielle Delon, director of the children’s festival says, “We find that giving children an opportunity to personalise stories requires them to read and better understand the composition of stories. And, as the book is divided into segments for under- eight and nine-plus children, the illustrations offer a progression of detail, so young artists are able to practice control over the tools used to fill in between the lines.” The 2016 children’s stories have contributed to the biggest collection so far in the series of annual colouring books.
Twenty-one stories, published as a 9”x12” colouring book within full-colour covers, are now ready for all fans of fantasy. This is a limited edition with free copies going to children whose name appears in the book.
For more information contact the Bocas Lit Fest office at: 222 7099 or by e-mail at: email@example.com The 2017 NGC Bocas Lit Fest, that includes a full children’s festival, runs from April 26-30.