Saturday, January 16, 2010

Reading about Haiti

For several years while I was growing up, my family lived in the Bahamas - a country geographically close to Haiti, and with close ties to that country because of its large Haitian immigrant population. The experience of being exposed to these cultures has enriched my life and influenced my writing and art - I'm currently writing a work of fiction that is set in the Bahamas and has some Haitian characters.
While Haiti is so much in the news since the recent devastating earthquake, what a good idea to give children access to that country's rich history and culture through literature. In her blog, where she writes about, "books between cultures," author Mitali Perkins has made a great list of children's books set in Haiti. Take a look: Haitikidlit


Hannah said...

How neat that you grew up in the Bahamas! When I was a girl, my grandparents had a part-time house in Man O'War, a tiny cay near Abaco. Definitely off the beaten path. We got to participate in a little bit of village life, and none of the casinos or resorts, for which I am grateful.

Stella said...

Lucky you that you grew up being surrounded by amazing nature. I agree with you, there are some beautiful books on Haiti out there worth sharing with our students. I also just wanted to let you know that for some reason the link is not working. Just FYI. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on this!