International Literacy Day this year is Sept. 8 and during the entire month of September, Camana Bay will celebrate Literacy Month.
This year Camana Bay will be “Unravelling Mysteries through Reading” by highlighting some of the most beloved children’s mystery stories, including Lemony Snicket’s book series, Arthur Conan Doyle’s books on the most famous fictional detective, Sherlock Homes, and Carolyn Keen’s Nancy Drew mysteries. Children can also take part in solving their own mystery by picking up a Scavenger Hunt map from Books & Books and go in search of clues throughout the Town Centre.
While Camana Bay and Books & Books highlight famous mystery writers, they are also promoting and celebrating local authors who have written their own children’s books each Saturday.
On Sept. 8, Erin Connolly will read her book, “Pedro and the Treasure Map” that was inspired by a well-known attraction on Grand Cayman, Pedro St. James. Go on an adventure with Pedro the parrot who meets a stingray, a hammerhead shark and a turtle along the way as he looks for the hidden secret treasure that takes him on a journey of self-discovery.
Faye Lippitt, a regular contributing writer to Camana Bay Times, will read from her book, “The Great Caribbean Chicken Caper” on Sept. 15. The book follows a family of six children who have adopted 16 chickens into their world of trips to the ocean, playing hide-and-go-seek and embarking on trampoline escapades.
Kathleen Bodden-Harris, descendant of some of the original settlers in the Cayman Islands, will read her story about the struggle for harmony between humans and nature in “Quest on the Marl Road.” Take a voyage with Lenny the land crab and Sarge the soldier crab as they experience life on the island of Cayman Brac. Kathleen will read from her book on Sept. 22.
On the final Saturday of the month, Sept. 29, EK Jasmine, also known as Karen Chin, will read from her book “The Cayman Islands A-Z,” which not only teaches young children the alphabet, but also educates young Caymanians about their heritage.
All children’s book readings at Books & Books in September will start at 10:30 a.m. Books & Books will donate 10 per cent of all sales of mystery-themed books during the month to Literacy is for Everyone, better known as LIFE.
For more details on Literacy Month and volunteering as a member for LIFE, visit CamanaBay.com.