Community Organization Helps Libraries Add Caribbean Books to Summer Reading Lists
The mission of Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. is to educate individuals, families and communities how to advocate for themselves for positive change. They are a small, but nimble and effective, organization and much of their work is accomplished by volunteers.
Violette Haldane, the founder of Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. has collaborated with Hartford and Bloomfield Public Libraries to bring more books written by Caribbean authors or about the Caribbean to this year’s summer reading lists. The libraries are committed to having the books on the shelves by June if they do not have copies already.
Violette Haldane states, “I am excited that students will have the opportunity to read about different cultures or see their culture reflected in their books.”
Below is the Caribbean Book List compiled by Bloomfield and Hartford Public Libraries.
Alcantara, J. The Field. K-3. Creole/St. Lucia
Bloom, Valarie Fruits (A Caribbean Counting Poem)
Canady, M. Callaloo: A Jazz Folktale. 3-7yrs. Puerto Rico
Danticat, E. Eight Days. 4-6yrs. Haiti
DeGroat,G. Me Encanta, I Love Puerto Rico. Gr.1-2. Puerto Rico
Engle, M. All the way to Havana. PreS-2. Cuba
Engle, M Hurricane Dances (preS -2) Cuba
Garne, S. T. By A Blazing Blue Sea
Gershator, P. Tukama Tootles the Flute. K-2. Antilles
Hohn, N. Malaika’s Costume. PreS-2. Caribbean
Isadora, R. Caribbean Dream. PreS-2
Lessac, France Caribbean ALphabet
Leston, K. Grandpa Take Me To T and T. Trinidad and Tobago
Martinez, Juana Alma and How She Got Her Name
Mitchell, R.P. Hue Boy. 3-6yrs. Islands
Pomerantz, C. Chalk Doll. 4-8yrs. Jamaica
Richards, S. Rice and Rocks. 5-6yrs. Jamaica
Senior, O. Anna Carries Water. 4-7. Jamaica
Williams K. Tap-Tap. 4-7. Haiti
Baptise, Tracey The Jumbies
Campbell, N. My Caribbean Grandma. Jamaica
Chambers, V. Celia Cruz, Queen of Salsa. Gr. 3-4 Havana
Engle, M. Drum Dream Girl-How One Girls Courage Changed Music Gr. 1-4. Cuba
Gershator, David Kallaloo Gr. 1 -4
Greenwood, M. Drummer Boy of John John. Gr. 1-4. Trinidad
Harris, D. Yes, I Can (Bobsled Team) Gr. 3-4. Jamaica
Perez, C. First Rule of Punk. Gr. 3-6 Mexican
San Souci, R. Cendrillon (Caribbean Cinderella) Gr. K-5 Martinique
San Souci, R. Faithful Friend. Gr. K-3+ West Indies
Storace, P. Sugar Cane. (Caribbean Rapunzel) Gr. 1-5
Tavares, M. Growing Up Pedro. Gr.3-7 Dominican Republic
Turnbull, E. Janjak and Freda Go To the Iron Market Gr.3-7 Haiti
Ada, A. Island Treasures. Gr. 7+ Cuba
Ada, A. Under the Royal Palms. Gr. 3-7. Cuba
Baptiste, T. The Jumbies. Gr. 4-6+ An Island (Other Jumbie titles)
Behar, R. Lucky Broken Girl. Gr. 4-6+ Cuba
Callendar, K. Hurricane Child. Gr. 3-7. St. Thomas
Cartaya, P. Marcus Vega Doesn’t Speak Spanish. Gr. 5-6. Puerto Rico
Engle, M. Forest World. Gr. 4-7. Cuba
Green, Jen The Caribbean (A World of Food) Gr. 4 -6
Medina, T. I and I Bob Marley. Gr. 4-7 Jamaica
Perez, C. First Rule of Punk. Gr. 4-7 Mexican
Rogé. Haiti, My Country- Haitian Children Portraits and Poetry. Gr. 5-8
Sheen, Barbara Foods of the Caribbean Gr 5-6
Speare, E. Witch of Blackbird Pond Gr. 5-8. Barbados
Acevedo, E. The Poet X. Dominican
Acevedo, E. With the Fire on High. Gr. 9+ Caribbean author
Alvarez, J. Before We Were Free. Gr. 7-9 Dominican Republic
Ayala, V. Puerto Rico Strong: A Comics Anthology Supporting Puerto Rican Disaster.
Cofer, J.O. An Island Like You: Stories of the Barrio. Gr. 7+ Puerto Rico
Danticat, E. Everything Inside. Gr. 9-12 Haiti
Danticat, E. Krik? Krak! Haiti
Engle, M. Poet Slave of Cuba. Gr. 7-12
Engle, M. The Surrender Tree. Gr.7-12 Cuba
Gibson, T. Drums Beyond the Shore. Gr. 7-12 Trinidad and Tobago
Hernandez, R. Caribbean Islands Facts Gr. 9 +
Jackson, N. Star Side of Bird Hill Barbados
Moulite, M. Dear Haiti: Love Elaine Gr. 9+
Rivera, L. Dealing in Dreams Gr. 7+
Taylor, T. The Cay and Sequels Gr. 7+ West Indies/Curaçao
Breinburg, P Stories of the Caribbean –
About Advocacy to Legacy, Inc.
Last year, as part of their advocacy work, Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. did some work for United Way of Central and Northeastern Connecticut through a mini-grant. The organization is most popularly known for two community and advocacy accomplishments:
- Feeding over 125 children at the Albany Avenue Branch of the Hartford Public Library each Friday while school is in session for the last 2 years (on hiatus until librarian is hired.)
- Their work with Tobacco 21 Legislation in which they trained students on the issue and they advocated for changing the law (raising the age to purchase and use nicotine products from 18 to 21) before the Department of Public Health and the Hartford City Council.
The work they do with adults is primarily about health: surveys, interviews, and community conversations; and civic engagement including voter registration and U.S. Census 2020 awareness.
Advocacy and Legacy, LLC was formed in 1991 by Violette Haldane to educate her family and community about how to advocate for themselves to be a driving force for change in their lives. Advocacy and Legacy focused on education, health, financial literacy, and home ownership. The work is done through workshops at community organizations, churches and schools.
Sharing information with the community became a larger part of the work over time. As a result, in December 2017, Advocacy and Legacy, LLC became Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. – a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. To date, the organization has worked with hundreds of members of the Greater Hartford community, but the mission remains the same – educating individuals, families, and communities to advocate for themselves for positive change and to leave a legacy.
Today, Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. works with youth preparing them to become future leaders of their communities. Each year students choose a project to work on and Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. supports them through the process with advocacy training, research guidance, project planning, media relations/campaign implementation and presentation/public speaking preparation. They engage the community in conversations, surveys or interviews to get residents’ voices represented or heard in local policies and plans (public and private).
For more information about Advocacy to Legacy, Inc., please email firstname.lastname@example.org
You may also contact Violette Haldane – Advocacy to Legacy, Inc. – 860-930-2508