Story Time: Nadia Hohn presents A Likkle Miss Lou: How Jamaican Poet Louise Bennett-Coverley Found Her Voice

Saturday, September 21, 2019, 10:30 AM
Bank Street Bookstore
2780 Broadway (corner of 107th St)
New York, NY 10025

Sunday, September 22, 11:30 AM
Greenlight Bookstore – Prospect Lefferts Gardens Store
632 Flatbush Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11225

Sunday, September 22, 2019, 1:30 PM
Greenlight Bookstore – Fort Green Store
686 Fulton Street
Brooklyn, NY 1127

Nadia Hohn, author of Harriet Tubman: Freedom Fighter, presents her latest picture book biography, A Likkle Miss Lou. Jamaican poet and entertainer Louise Bennett Coverley, better known as “Miss Lou,” played an instrumental role in popularizing Jamaican patois internationally. This picture book biography tells the story of Miss Lou’s early years, when she was a young girl who loved poetry but felt caught between writing “lines of words like tight cornrows” or words that beat “in time with her heart.” Despite criticism from one teacher, Louise finds a way to weave the influence of the music, voices, and rhythms of her surroundings into her poems. A vibrant, colorful, and immersive look at an important figure in Jamaica’s cultural history, this is also a universal story of a child finding and trusting her own voice. Nadia shares her book with an interactive story time where kids will get to sing folk songs, chant rhymes, and play Jamaican games! Ages 3 to 8.

Above text adapted from the Greenlight Bookstore webpage and the Bank Street Bookstore webpage.