Little Lion Bats From New York To South Florida – June 13th & June 16th, 2007 – New York and Ft Lauderdale

A Children’s Celebration of CTO Week, Caribbean Heritage Month & Jamaica Diaspora Day

The Caribbean’s favourite children’s book character, Little Lion, roars again in a new book entitled “Little Lion At Bat.” The book was launched to critical acclaim in Jamaica during Cricket World Cup in April. The red-haired Rastafarian now picks up his bat for a New York and South Florida tour. In this book launch, author, Kellie Magnus, pays tribute to the resiliency of the Caribbean child in all of us. It is a children’s celebration of Caribbean Heritage Month, Jamaica’s official Diaspora Day in June, and long-standing Caribbean Tourism Organization’s (CTO) week in New York City.

New York Launch – CTO Week Celebration

The New York launch is scheduled for Wednesday, June 13, at 6:30 p.m. in Manhattan at the Savacou Gallery, located at 240 East 13th Street in New York, NY, 10003.

South Florida Launch – Jamaica Diaspora Storytelling

Dubbed “Jamaica Diaspora Storytelling”, the JAMPACT South Florida launch is a part of the JAMPACT Culture Series and scheduled for Saturday, June 16, 2007, beginning at 10:00 a.m. at the African American Research Library, 2650 Sistrunk Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311.

“Little Lion At Bat”, illustrated by Michael Robinson, is the second in the Little Lion series. It is the sequel to the popular children’s book, “Little Lion Goes to School”, which was launched in New York in 2003.

Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission in Jamaica, Dr. Maureen Samms Vaughan, at the recent launch in Kingston, Jamaica, describes the book as an important addition to Caribbean children’s literature, while parents and teachers have credited the book for its humour, vivid illustrations and celebration of cricket and Caribbean life.

Consul General of New York, Basil Bryan, in 2003, called the book “a wholesome, important and timeless message that we must pass on to future generations.” In keeping with this theme, “Little Lion At Bat”, is written in rhyme and targets children up to eight years of age.

It follows the hero, Little Lion, as he overcomes the challenges of his doubting coach and other naysayers, to lead his hapless preparatory school team to victory in their most important cricket match of the year.

“Little Lion Goes to School” was approved for use in the New York City School System, and plans are afoot to secure similar approval for “Little Lion At Bat.” Both books are now part of the Jackmandora collection of Caribbean picture books, ebooks and audiobooks, which aims to promote literacy and interest in Jamaican culture in children at the elementary level. More information on the collection is available online at Magnus will be on hand at both launches to read and sign copies of “Little Lion At Bat.” Special discounts will be offered to teachers and community associations.

This is another event in the JAMPACT Culture Series. Jamaica Impact Inc. (“JAMPACT”) is a certified 501(c)3 non-profit organization consisting of a diverse group of young Jamaican professionals, students and friends of Jamaica. The philosophy is to use collective energies, intelligence and resources, as an impetus for progress in Jamaica. Visit to find out more. All funds raised on behalf of JAMPACT is for their five adopted basic schools in Jamaica, namely, Coles, Crescent Road, Maxfield Park, Mt. Olive, and St. Stephens.

Savacou Gallery , New York, was founded 22 years ago making it one of the oldest full service galleries in the United States specializing in works by artists of color. Since its founding, the Gallery has been at the forefront of efforts to raise public awareness and appreciation of art from African and the Caribbean.

Kellie Magnus and Michael Robinson are available for interviews by phone. Kellie will also be available for in person interviews in NY June 13-15.
Kellie: 876 470 8232/[email protected]
Mike: 404 934 2594/[email protected]

For more information on the New York and South Florida events:

Cathy Kleinhans, jamroppo Productions, 347 -563- 5899/954-709-4780, [email protected] Savacou Gallery at 212 -473-6904.

Media Contact:
Cathy Kleinhans
[email protected]