Olive Senior, Anna Carries Water, illustrated by Laura James, 2013
Olive Senior is a Jamaican writer living in Canada. The picture book is every bit as good as you would think, given that she has won the Commonwealth Writers Prize, a Gold Medal of the Institute of Jamaica and the Isabel Sissons Canadian Children's Story Award.
It's a story about the littlest girl in a family who wants to be able to carry water on her head, like her big sisters and brothers. My youngest child was particularly taken with this.
The colourful illustrations are by Laura James, who has Antiguan heritage.
- 3.12 Olive Senior, Anna carries water, 2013