Miranda Paul is a award-winning children’s author of One Plastic Bag and Water is Water, both named Junior Library Guild selections. Her titles have received starred reviews from School Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly in addition to being named to several recommended and “best of” reading lists. 10 Little Ninjas also was named an Amazon Best Book of the Month (August 2016). Miranda makes regular appearances at schools, libraries, and bookstores, and has been a guest presenter at the Library of Congress Young Readers Center along with environmental activist Isatou Ceesay. Miranda also serves as Mentorship chair for We Need Diverse Books™, volunteers for Books for Africa, and is a regional advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers (Wisconsin Chapter). She believes in working hard, having fun, and being kind.
Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born author of two books for children. His debut picture book, The Field, received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. According to Kirkus, his co-authored book Adventures To School, will “will pique readers’ curiosity.” His forthcoming picture book biography, I Am Farmer, chronicles the work of Cameroonian environmentalist Tantoh Nforba (2019, Lerner/Millbrook). Born and raised on the island of Saint Lucia, Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys reading his books and sharing about his experiences with anyone who will listen.
Baptiste and Miranda will be reading at two schools in the Guilford County School System while they are visiting us, courtesy of our Authors Engaging Students program.
We Need Diverse Books™ is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a grassroots organization of children’s book lovers that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.
Books by Baptiste and Miranda Paul
One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia
Written by Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. This narrative picture book tells the story of how five Gambian women sparked a movement that would restore beauty to their village and increase their own economic capacity.
Awards/Honors/Reviews: 2016 Children’s Africana Book Awards (Notable), 2016 Green Earth Book Awards (Honor), 2015 National Social Studies Trade Book, 2015 Eureka! Honor Award from California Reading Association, A Junior Library Guild selection, SLJ Starred Review, Amelia Bloomer Project List 2016, A Mighty Girl 2015 list, 2017 Monarch Awards Nominee (Illinois School Library Media), New York Public Library 100 Titles for Young Readers (2015), Chicago Public Library (2015) list, 2016 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, ALA Notable discussion book at ALA Annual 2015, The Horn Book review, Kirkus Review, Publisher’s Weekly review, Booklist review
Adventures to School: Real-Life Journeys of Students from Around the World
Written by Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul. Illustrated by Isabel Muñoz. This picture book follows thirteen students who face extraordinary situations as they embark on their journeys to get to school—and learn about the diverse landscapes and cultures of their countries along the way.
Written by Baptiste Paul. Illustrated by Jacqueline Alcántara.
Colorful and dynamic, Alcántara’s pictures depict an island community in lush shades of green and blue dotted with houses of bright red and orange; in one series of striking illustrations, the players’ vibrant clothing contrasts against muddied backgrounds. Watch the sun appear again when one player scores a “GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL!” It’s a triumphant, earned moment that lingers even as the story reaches its suitably subdued coda. -Kirkus Review
Immigration Stories, a joint project of Scuppernong Books and the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, will explore the immigration and refugee experience in America through the lens of writing: fiction, non-fiction, and works for children. We’ll highlight the stories of the immigrant and refugee population as well as the issues, especially as they impact and affect the local community. Immigration Stories responds directly to these issues by providing the community with the opportunity to interact and engage in a series of public readings, panel discussions, and conversations with writers, scholars, and their neighbors. For more information, call 336-763-1919.
This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.