Congratulations to the winners of Alice Faye Duncan's THIS TRAIN IS BOUND FOR GLORY:
Kari Ann Gonzalez
Thanks so much for tuning in to PBJamz! I appreciate your support! Thanks, Alice Faye Duncan for your generosity! I know you all will love this beautiful book! If you do, please leave a review for Alice and share with others who will love it too!
Talking food, music, Carnival energy, and writing with Yolanda Marshall
What a fun energetic conversation with Yolanda Marshall, author of C IS FOR CARNIVAL, MY SOCA BIRTHDAY PARTY and more! We chat about her inspiration and process for writing, and also about Calypso and Soca music, steel pan drums, Caribbean food, the energy of Carnival, Afro-Caribbean culture as a Canadian, why representation matters, and more! Yolanda was a joy to talk to and I hope you enJOY our convo, too!
C IS FOR CARNIVAL by Yolanda Marshall
Various versions of this beautiful, energetic book are available depending upon where you live/hail from. Written by Yolanda T. Marshall, and illustrated by Darla Lavrova, Chalkboard Publishing has put our a beautifully energetic alphabet book which shares the beauty, energy, food, music and all the essentials of Carnival -- a celebration of Caribbean culture, emancipation from slavery, and the freedom and joy available to people of Caribbean heritage now. The illustrations are beautiful and joyful to match the text. The two come together to present a glorious picture of what it might be like to be at Carnival in various cities around the world. There is even a recipe in the back. This book will make you want to put on some Calypso or Soca music, make some Roti and other delicious Caribbean food and dance the day away.
A Little Jam. . .(The Music Kind)
This song has many of the phrases and ideas that Yolanda talked about, so I'm including it here! Super-fun, great soca beat, and this one shows the lyrics. If you don't love this version, there is a SocaKidz version in the YouTube playlist in the links section, along with lots of other Calypso, Soca, steel pans, and more!
Teacher Tips, Tricks and Topics
This book is a perfect segue to any Caribbean Carnival celebration near you. It's a great way to bring in multicultural education in really fun ways. Be sure to check out the links section below with lots of ways to use the book and fun ways to enhance various aspects of Afro-Caribbean culture.
Tips and Topics for Music Teachers
The YouTube playlist linked up below is a great place to start!
Writing Prompts from Tonnye
Writing Tips from Yolanda Marshall
- Be patient with your process, it can sometimes take a long time to complete your manuscript, but it will be worth it.
- The first sentence of your story sets the tone- make it good enough to reel your readers in.
- Do as much research as you can on your audience- it strengthens your knowledge about who you are writing for and will market your book to.
Links, More Fun, Extensions for Families and Everyone!
YouTube playlist full of soca, calypso, steel pan, interviews and read-alouds from Yolanda and more!
Pinterest board with lots of resources to teach and share related to C is for Carnival
Yolanda's C is for Carnival playlist on Spotify
PBJamz Snack -- Peanut Butter Energy Balls
All that dancing for Carnival requires loads of energy. These protein balls are a great quick breakfast, an on-the-go snack, a perfect treat for Carnival or any time. Find the recipe here.
Guest Links and Giveaways
Yolanda's website (purchase books, download, subscribe, check out her latest news and interviews, etc.)
Yolanda's YouTube channel
Connect with Yolanda on:
Caribbean Storytime with Yolanda Marshall (Apple podcasts)
To buy C is for Carnival at
Barnes and Noble
Yolanda is giving away 1 copy of C is for Carnival! To be eligible, leave a comment below by 11:59 PM EST on Aug. 16, 2023. We'll draw one lucky winner from those who leave a comment.
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