Baptiste Paul is a Caribbean-born children’s book author. He is a native Creole/Patois speaker who enjoys sharing stories of his experiences with anyone who will listen.His debut picture book,The Field, was inspired by his childhood in St Lucia, and received starred reviews from Kirkus, The Horn Book, and Booklist. Baptiste’s stories are fueled by his passion for diversity, inclusion, and uninhibited jwe (play).

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Climb On
Climb On

Climb On

Take a hike with this father-daughter adventure that’s sure to inspire you to get outside.

When a young child reminds her dad about the hike they planned, her father is hesitant —To the tippy top? It’s a great day to watch futbol (soccer). But as the two climb on, her enthusiasm is contagious. Filled with setbacks, surprises, and stunning views, this warm and humorous story highlights in vivid colors the bonding power of a shared experience. A list of creatures at the end prompts a second look for keen-eyed readers to make discoveries of their own.

Baptiste Paul and Jacqueline Alcántara (co-creators of The Field) have teamed up again! Baptiste’s humorous and tender text, with a sprinkling of Creole words straight from the Pitons, and Jacqueline Alcántara’s vibrant and evocative illustrations capture the wonder and emotions experienced on the trail and the special relationship between a parent and a child.

Praise for The Field:

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018
School Library Journal Best Book of 2018
The Horn Book Best Picture Book of 2018
Shelf Awareness Best Children's Book of the Year
Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year

“Irresistible fun.” Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“Vibrant illustrations . . . match the vigor and excitement of the text.” The Horn Book, Starred Review

“Excitement overflows from the pages and the children.” Booklist, Starred Review
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The Field
The Field

The Field

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Winner of the Sonia Lynn Sadler Award

“Irresistible fun.”— Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“A wonderful depiction of a joyful pastime . . . and a reminder of some of the ways we are more alike than different.”—Booklist, Starred Review

Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2018

School Library Journal Best Book of 2018

The Horn Book Fanfare 2018

Shelf Awareness Best Children’s Book of the Year

Bank Street Best Children’s Book of the Year

“Vini! Come! The field calls!” cries a girl as she and her younger brother rouse their community—family, friends, and the local fruit vendor—for a pick-up soccer (futbol) game. Boys and girls, young and old, players and spectators come running—bringing balls, shoes, goals, and a love of the sport.

“Friends versus friends” teams are formed, the field is cleared of cows, and the game begins! But will a tropical rainstorm threaten their plans?

The world’s most popular and inclusive sport has found its spirited and authentic voice in Baptiste Paul’s debut picture book— highlighting the joys of the game along with its universal themes: teamwork, leadership, diversity, and acceptance. Creole words (as spoken in Saint Lucia, the author’s birthplace island in the Caribbean) add spice to the story and are a strong reminder of the sport’s world fame. Bright and brilliant illustrations by debut children’s book illustrator Jacqueline Alcántara— winner of the We Need Diverse Books Illustration Mentorship award— capture the grit and glory of the game and the beauty of the island setting that inspired this particular field.
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To Carnival!: A Celebration in St. Lucia
To Carnival!: A Celebration in St. Lucia

To Carnival!: A Celebration in St. Lucia

The sights, sounds and tastes of vibrant Saint Lucia come to life in this cumulative tale of a girl’s journey to Carnival. When a series of unexpected delays disrupts her journey to the big parade, Melba must adjust both her expectations and her route to the festivities. Who will she meet and what will she learn along the way?
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Bank Street 2022 Best Children's Books of the Year list
CCBC Choices 2022
Charter Oak Children's Book Award Nominee, 2021
Northern Lights Book Awards Mindfulness Category Winner, 2021
Shortlisted for Gourmand Awards in "peace" category, January 2022
Magnolia Book Awards nominee

Peace is on purpose. Peace is a choice. Peace lets the smallest of us have a voice.

From a hello and pronouncing your friend’s name correctly to giving more than you take and saying I’m sorry, this simple concept book explores definitions of peace and actions small and big that foster it.

Award-winning authors, Baptiste Paul and Miranda Paul, have teamed up with illustrator Estelí Meza—winner of the ‘A la Orilla del Viento’ the premier Picture Book Contest Award in Mexico—to create an inspiring look at things we can all do to bring peace into our lives and world.

CCBC Choices 2022

Charter Oak Children's Book Award Nominee, 2021

Northern Lights Book Awards Mindfulness Category Winner, 2021

Shortlisted for Gourmand Awards in "peace" category, April 2022

"This picture book takes a huge concept like peace and makes it completely approachable for young readers." - Mutually Inclusive Blog
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