Ms Magnus is the author of more than fifteen children's books and stories, including the popular Little Lion children’s book series and several books for the Ministry of Education’s Literacy 123 series. Two of Jackmandora’s books A Book for Baby and Trixie Triangle were selected for the 2011 BookStart Jamaica Pilot Programme. She also co-authored the Jamaican translation of the best-selling children’s book parody, Go the F*** to Sleep with celebrated poet, Kwame Dawes.
She writes on the arts, education, and entertainment for regional and international publications and serves on the boards of the National Library of Jamaica, the Early Childhood Commission, and the Book Industry Association of Jamaica. She has lectured on publishing and media at numerous conferences and has taught at the Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) and the City College, City University of New York. She was one of the developers of Max and Friends, a multimedia package designed for children with autism and related developmental disorders. The package includes 3 episodes of a live-action television series, children’s books, a CD of original songs and a manual for teachers and parents.
Kellie Magnus was also one of the authors of Shaggy Parrot and the Reggae Band, a picture book and CD project featuring the voice of Grammy winning recording artist, Shaggy. She has won the BIAJ Award for Best Children’s Book, the BIAJ Readers’ Choice Award for Best Children’s Book and the New York City Proclamation for Outstanding Contribution to Literature. A graduate of Harvard and Columbia Universities, her work at Columbia combined educational technology and media, with an emphasis on technology and media for children, and the management of information, communication and media resources.
This workshop (scheduled for January 14, 21, 28, and February 4, 2015, from 6 to 8 PM in the Graduate Conference Room, Faculty of Humanities and Education at UWI, Mona) is an opportunity for those interested in writing for children to take advantage of Kellie Magnus’s expertise in the field. Please contact the Department at 9272217 or firstname.lastname@example.org in order to register.