Books

African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends

This enchanting edition of African and Caribbean Folktales, Myths and Legends has been  written by Wendy Shearer and published by Scholastic. It is OUT NOW! Receive a personally signed copy from independent bookshop Pickled Pepper Books. It is also available from all the usual book outlets. In this edition Wendy has written some new and some tradiitional stories from different regions across Africa and the Caribbean islands. You will find legends about the indigenous people, myths about the pantheon of African Orishas and spooky tales of magical shapeshifters and spirits.  In ‘The Headless Dance’ a hilarious story from Cuba, the Devil gets tricked by Turkeys. ‘Why the Leopard Has Spots,’ a story from Ghana explains what happens if you are greedy. This book is a treasure trove of stories and characters for children and families to enjoy. Wendy is thrilled to be sharing these tales with the next generation of readers, writers and storytellers.  

African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends by Wendy Shearer
African & Caribbean Folktales, Myths & Legends by Wendy Shearer

Bedtime Stories: Beautiful Black Tales from the Past

A beautifully written and illustrated book by Wendy Shearer and other Black Creators, with a forward written by Candice Braithwaite. You’ll find an inspiring collection of tales for young readers based on important figures and events from around the world. It is a joyful, celebratory book of Black historyical tales for children. Published on 7th October 2021 by Scholastic. Order a signed copy from Pickled Pepper Books.

Caribbean Folktales: stories from the islands & the Windrush generation

Caribbean Folktales book Cover

Wendy Shearer’s book, Caribbean Folktales: stories from the islands and memories from the Windrush generation, is a vibrant collection of folktales, legends and historical figures featuring characters unique to each island and mainland countries Guyana and Suriname. Wendy has also spoken people who came to the UK as children with their parents from the islands and captured their reminiscences of storytelling whilst growing up in the Caribbean and and the UK whilst their parents worked, helping to rebuild Britain and forge new communities. Their presonal accounts have been placed at the start of each chapter, introducing themes of tricksters, Spiritis and Shapeshifters, Music & Song, Love & Loss, Caution & Justice.  Renowned Storyteller, Grace Hallworth spoke with Wendy about her storytelling journey and writing Caribbean Folktales. Her memories are also included in the book.

This book has been written to be read out aloud in the spirit of traditional oral storytelling. Pre-order your copy here. It will be published by The History Press in May 2022.