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Tracey Baptiste

I have always loved stories.
Mostly fairy tales and old family lore.
In fairy tales, things are often not what they seem.
In family lore, people are often surprising.
Both kinds of stories speak to my curiosity and sense of wonder.
So naturally, as an author,  I write about family and fantasy and history…
and sometimes, science.
My characters are brave, kind, smart, and determined.
My stories are often a lot more than they seem.

In Baptiste's short story “Best Laid Plans,” a young pan aficionado wants to sneak out to enjoy a nearby competition. But her neighbor’s rottweiler has other plans. 
Spot illustrations by Lewis James
In Baptiste's short story “Best Laid Plans,” a young pan aficionado wants to sneak out to enjoy a nearby competition. But her neighbor’s rottweiler has other plans. 
Spot illustrations by Lewis James

In Baptiste's short story “Best Laid Plans,” a young pan aficionado wants to sneak out to enjoy a nearby competition. But her neighbor’s rottweiler has other plans.
Spot illustrations by Lewis James

Joyful, Joyful: Stories Celebrating Black Voices Paperback Edition

A trio of cousins discover they have powers of healing, vision, and protection from an ancient ancestor: a moko jumbie. Together, they have to use their moko magic to protect the magical community in the lead-up to the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn.
A trio of cousins discover they have powers of healing, vision, and protection from an ancient ancestor: a moko jumbie. Together, they have to use their moko magic to protect the magical community in the lead-up to the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn.

A trio of cousins discover they have powers of healing, vision, and protection from an ancient ancestor: a moko jumbie. Together, they have to use their moko magic to protect the magical community in the lead-up to the Caribbean Day Parade in Brooklyn.

Moko Magic: Carnival Chaos

Ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago come to life in this wonderfully researched book with beautiful illustrations by Hillary Wilson.
Ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago come to life in this wonderfully researched book with beautiful illustrations by Hillary Wilson.

Ten real-life kings, queens, inventors, scholars, and visionaries who lived in Africa thousands of years ago come to life in this wonderfully researched book with beautiful illustrations by Hillary Wilson.

African Icons: Ten People who Shaped History
NEW Paperback Edition!

Book 1 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything--certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten children. Then one night Corinne goes into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?
Book 1 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything--certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten children. Then one night Corinne goes into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

Book 1 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer isn’t afraid of anything--certainly not jumbies. They’re just tricksters made up by parents to frighten children. Then one night Corinne goes into the forbidden forest, and shining yellow eyes follow her. They couldn’t belong to a jumbie. Or could they?

The Jumbies

Book 2 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t gone back to normal on her island home. When children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.
Book 2 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t gone back to normal on her island home. When children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.

Book 2 of the Jumbies series.
Corinne La Mer defeated the wicked jumbie Severine months ago, but things haven’t gone back to normal on her island home. When children begin to go missing, snatched from the beach and vanishing into wells, suspicious eyes turn to Corinne.

Rise of the Jumbies

Book 3 of the Jumbies series.
The scariest and most heart-pounding installment of the highly praised and popular Jumbies series!
Huracan summons the wind and rain and wields lightning like a sword. He doesn’t miss and he never falters. He will destroy everything in his path if he desires.
Book 3 of the Jumbies series.
The scariest and most heart-pounding installment of the highly praised and popular Jumbies series!
Huracan summons the wind and rain and wields lightning like a sword. He doesn’t miss and he never falters. He will destroy everything in his path if he desires.

Book 3 of the Jumbies series.
The scariest and most heart-pounding installment of the highly praised and popular Jumbies series!
Huracan summons the wind and rain and wields lightning like a sword. He doesn’t miss and he never falters. He will destroy everything in his path if he desires.

The Jumbie God’s Revenge

"I'm looking for a jumbie, I'm gonna find a scary one!" sings Naya as she heads out into the forest looking for adventure. What will she find?
"I'm looking for a jumbie, I'm gonna find a scary one!" sings Naya as she heads out into the forest looking for adventure. What will she find?

"I'm looking for a jumbie, I'm gonna find a scary one!" sings Naya as she heads out into the forest looking for adventure. What will she find?

Looking for a Jumbie

Glub glub…
Aargh...
Mermaid and Pirate don't speak the same language, but they’re quick to lend a hand, or a tail, when the sky grows stormy and waters get rough, and a friendship is born.
Glub glub…
Aargh...
Mermaid and Pirate don't speak the same language, but they’re quick to lend a hand, or a tail, when the sky grows stormy and waters get rough, and a friendship is born.

Glub glub…
Aargh...
Mermaid and Pirate don't speak the same language, but they’re quick to lend a hand, or a tail, when the sky grows stormy and waters get rough, and a friendship is born.

Mermaid and Pirate

by Tracey Baptiste

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We Need Diverse Books co-founder Oh follows up Flying Lessons & Other Stories (2017) with a collection of 12 interwoven, slice-of-life tales from acclaimed middle-grade authors. In an unnamed American city stands a (potentially haunted) yellow apartment building called the Entrada, where aromas of food and loud sounds set the tone for a summer of communal living. Desirée, apparently of West Indian descent, helps Ro perform a lion dance for her Chinese school. Yaniel learns about his abuela’s history in Cuba while contemplating his feelings for Filipina American Pacy, a Star Trek aficionado with a crush on him. Many kids are first- or second-generation immigrants, and their cultures intermingle in authentic ways. Angel’s family is late on the rent, and his parents’ memories of their home city, Sephardic-founded Monterrey, Mexico, leads them to feel confident reaching out to their white Jewish landlords for help. Vietnamese American Hao discovers the ghost he’s been seeing around the building has a connection to Mr. Joe, the Italian American barber. Though each story was written by a different author—among them Tracey Baptiste, Adam Gidwitz, and Erin Entrada Kelly—they nevertheless coalesce into a rich depiction of a loving community. With candor and sensitivity, the authors take on both lighthearted issues such as burgeoning romance as well as more serious ones, including bigotry and the harsh realities of the American dream. A superbly rendered love letter to identity and heritage. (foreword by Meg Medina) (Anthology. 8-12)

"Lively alternating third-person perspectives center immigrant and Caribbean experiences with humor and heart, culminating in an engaging mystery that emphasizes the high spirits of the festival season and its importance to the tweens’ Afro-Caribbean heritage." (Kirkus starred review)

Publishers Weekly

"Lively alternating third-person perspectives center immigrant and Caribbean experiences with humor and heart, culminating in an engaging mystery that emphasizes the high spirits of the festival season and its importance to the tweens’ Afro-Caribbean heritage." (starred review)

Booklist

“Created with a pleasing palette, the illustrations have an appealing, cartoon-like simplicity…well worded and concise, the text tells the story of a friendship overcoming obstacles.”

Kirkus

"Brimming with sweetness, the illustrations add a Disney aesthetic to this simple tale of the burgeoning bond between two very different friends...A winsome tale of unexpected friendship."

School Library Journal

"The full-color, cartoon-style illustrations will[...]draw in readers of all ages to this raw look at history."

Kirkus

"A valuable addition to the growing swath of graphic novels drawing attention to civil rights history."

Kirkus

“This approachable biography of the young activist highlights her bravery, commitment, and vulnerability. Young readers will appreciate learning about a regular kid who did something extraordinary. . . . An engaging profile of an inspiring civil rights hero whom readers will enjoy learning about and cheering for.” (starred review)

Publishers Weekly

“A powerful narrative that showcases generative energy of acts of resistance both big and small.” (starred review)

School Library Journal

“A gorgeous tribute to a young Black activist that will inspire many readers. Add this to all picture book biography shelves. Luminous.” (starred review)

School Library Journal

"This picture book shows readers the importance of helping people in the community and being there for them when they’re in need. A beautiful and necessary purchase that celebrates family and community."

L.A. Parent

"Cedella Marley’s newest children’s book [with Tracey Baptiste] contributes to the legacy of her father, Bob Marley, and showcases the power of unity and family."

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Illustrations from Mermaid and Pirate by Leisl Adams, Illustrations from Looking for a Jumbie by Amber Ren, Illustrations from The Jumbies by Vivienne To

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