March is Literacy Month, and many of us are familiar with the saying “Reading maketh a full man,” from English philosopher, statesman, scientist, jurist, orator, essayist, and author, Francis Bacon. Indeed, reading opens up a world of experience outside our own and helps develop our imaginations, vocabularies and may even lead some to become writers.
We have shared a number of books and story collections by Jamaican authors, both local and in the Diaspora. Take a look at our offerings below:
- It’s not quite summer yet, but it always feels like it in Jamaica, so take some time to catch up on your reading with these 5 Summer Reads From Jamaican Authors as you relax on the beach, or at home in the cool comfort of your fan or air conditioning unit.
- Last year, we selected 12 Jamaican Books for World Book Day to share some of the most popular, enduring and/or ground-breaking fictional books. That list was so popular, we did it again this year with 12 More Jamaican Books for World Book Day, adding some poetry and short story collections to the mix.
- March is also Women’s History Month, so we looked at 10 Must-Read Biographies & Memoirs By & About Jamaican Women, in celebration of the important of women being able to tell their stories or have their stories told.
- Of course, we cannot leave the children out of the mix. studies have shown that reading daily to young children, starting in infancy, stimulates early brain development and helps build key language, literacy and social skills. We compiled a brief list of Jamaican children’s books to entice and educate your little ones. And since we are in the information/Internet age, some of the books are interactive, some are available as e-books and one even comes with an app!