The Pauls Bring the World to Children

October 26 at 5:30 pm  Scuppernong Books

Baptiste and Miranda Paul write children’s picture books, sometimes together and sometimes on their own. Their last book together was Adventures to School, which details how children from thirteen different nations travel to school each day, and their upcoming book (releasing in 2019), I am Farmer: Growing an Environmental Movement in Cameroon, tells the story of Tantoh Nforba, who is bringing clean water and organic gardens to his central African nation. The Paul’s work concentrates on the diversity of human experience, the diversity of our planet, and how individual efforts can bring about big changes. Find out more about them here. And here.

We are happy to host them, as a part of our series, Immigration Stories.

Baptiste Paul is a man of many talents—from woodworking to gardening to entertaining hordes of children for hours on end. Born and raised in the West Indies (St. Lucia), Baptiste is a native Creole/Patois speaker and enjoys roasting his own coffee and chocolate as well as eating anything he can cook on a grill. Baptiste holds degrees in environmental studies and political science from Bucknell University. His previous book is The Field, which, Kirkus Review called ‘an excellent picture book debut’.

Miranda Paul is an award-winning children’s author who has worked as a freelance writer, teacher, volunteer zookeeper, and more. She began writing in elementary school, thanks to her wonderful teachers. She also enjoys science, trivia, and board games. Most of Miranda’s heroes are ordinary people who do extraordinary things—including her own kidbots who invent all kinds of gadgets with their super-handy dad. Her previous books include One Plastic Bag: Isatou Ceesay and the Recycling Women of the Gambia, Water is Water, and Blobfish Throws a Party. Her most recent book is Mia Moves Out which gives readers “the pleasure of seeing adoptee characters confidently negotiating a sense of home and belonging”, says Kirkus Review.

The Pauls will be visiting two Guilford County Schools, Archer Elementary and Lindley Elementary, on Thursday through Greensboro Bound’s Authors Engaging Students program, then will appear on Friday, October 26 at 5:30pm to talk about writing children’s books with Gale Greenlee.

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.