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Posted on June 22, 2023

Celebrate Windrush Day

June 22, 2023, marks the 75th anniversary of the arrival of the Empire Windrush. Today, we celebrate a generation of African Caribbeans who sailed across the Atlantic to call a new country home.

From multi-award-winning author Patrice Lawrence and debut gifted illustrator Camilla Sucre, Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush is a heart-warming tale that readers of all ages will cherish.

Ava must dress up as an inspirational figure for her school assembly, but who should she choose? When Granny shares the story of how she came to England on the Empire Windrush many years ago, Ava realizes that there is a hero very close to home…


Listen to an audio sample of Granny Came Here on the Empire Windrush on Stories Aloud!

Read the STARRED Kirkus review in full!


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About the Creators


Patrice Lawrence
is an award-winning writer. Her debut YA novel, Orangeboy, won the Bookseller YA Prize and the Waterstones Prize for Older Children’s Fiction and was shortlisted for the Costa Children’s Book Award. Her subsequent novels have been much acclaimed and frequent visitors to prize lists. Patrice was born in Brighton, raised in an Italian-Trinidadian family in mid-Sussex, and now lives on the South Coast. Patrice was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature in the Queen’s Birthday Honors 2021.


Camilla Sucre
, a Trinidadian-American artist who resides in Baltimore, has found a different kind of home in narrative illustration. Interested in illustration since she was a child, her dreams are finally coming true as she loves to explore new avenues of artmaking and illustration and new stories to tell. Camilla also has a passion for film and a natural love of movies and hopes she can one day express that in her work. Her favorite film is currently ‘The Red Shoes’, an old movie  — which is very fitting because she loves old things!