ElizabethTur bull400Elizabeth Turnbull was born and raised in Haiti where she grew up surrounded by the people and landscapes of her latest book, Say to These Mountains, recipient of The Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award.

After graduating from Quisqueya Christian School, in Port-au-Prince, Elizabeth went on to study Spanish and Journalism at Wake Forest University and received her MA in Latin American and Caribbean Studies from Florida International University. Today, she is the Senior Editor for Light Messages Publishing where she is immensely grateful to immerse herself in new stories every day. Elizabeth is also the author of two children’s books: Janjak and Freda Go to the Iron Market and Bonnwit Kabrit.

Elizabeth lives on a budding farm in Hillsborough, NC, with her husband Roberto and a handful of critters.

SayToTheseMountains 800Winner of the Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal, Say to These Mountains tells the true story of Wallace Turnbull, one of Haiti’s pioneers in development and missions. Over the course of 70 years, his work changed countless lives and influenced national policy in both Haiti and the United States. For his work, he was decorated with the National Order of Honor and Merit, Haiti’s highest honor.

As told by Wallace’s granddaughter, this eloquent biography takes the reader on a journey through the life of a complex man and his adopted country, painting a picture of grace and mercy vastly different from the often-grim stories shared about the island nation and her people.

Photographs of Wallace Turnbull 

 

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janjak and fredaIn this first book of the bilingual Janjak and Freda series, cousins Janjak and Freda go with their godmother on an exciting adventure to Haiti's famous Iron Market. While there, they make many new friends, taste new fruits, and show the value of helping others when a runaway goat causes havoc in the market.

The colorful text and beautiful illustrations will leave children dreaming up their own adventures. This story is told in such a way that the characters, scenery, and plot will be meaningful to both English speaking children and Creole speaking children.

Rather than a literal translation, the Creole text has been rewritten by Wally Turnbull to provide the most authentic experience for Creole speakers. A Creole pronunciation guide at the back and a page of history about the Iron Market are useful supplements for parents and teachers seeking to broaden their children's world view.

From the author: In writing the Janjak & Freda series my goal was to provide a children's book about the joys, discoveries, and adventures that can come with being a child in Haiti. The majority of the very few children's books about Haiti tackle serious, difficult social issues such as abandonment, street children, and violence. While Haitian children do in many ways experience a harsher childhood than their neighbors to the north, they also feel the same childlike joys of discovery, adventure, and new experiences. They, too, have the special innocence of childhood that radiates from within.

In Janjak & Freda, I strive to share the joys, innocence, and lessons of childhood through the lens of a Haitian child. The book is bilingual so that Haitian children can also share in the stories of Janjak & Freda who are, after all, just like them

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bonnwit kabritBonnwit Kabrit is a lovely bicultural bedtime story for young children everywhere. -Midwest Book Review

In this delightful, rhyming bedtime story, children journey across Haiti, saying goodnight to scenes the nation's children would know from their daily lives.

From the calico cat to the pink flowers of the bouganvillea to the sweet goat nestled beneath the starry sky, children will embark on an exciting bedtime journey as one by one they say, bonnwit. Words of Haitian Creole are sprinkled throughout the text to expand children's vocabulary and introduce them to a new language. A helpful pronunciation guide at the back teaches readers how to say the words aloud.

Foreword Review INDIEFAB Book of the Year Award Finalist