Jamaica Is Thankful is being released this fall by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.
This is the seventh title that author Juanita Havill and I have created about the young girl named Jamaica. The first was Jamaica's Find, published in 1986, and released three years ago in a twentieth anniversary edition.
Over the twenty-six years that these books have been created, Juanita and I have only met twice. In February of this year, we had a chance to do a week of school visits together for the first time, in Phoenix, Arizona, where we both happened to be presenting at the International Reading Association.
We also took the opportunity to interview each other and find out the answers to questions we'd had over the years about each other's experiences and process in creating these books.