Little Bell Caribbean Authors Join St. Thomas Cultural Christmas Celebration


St. Thomas, VI – With the lightning of a beautiful Christmas tree and the arrival of Santa Claus, the West Indian Company of St. Thomas, Virgin Islands brought cheers, and much more to hundreds of people that gathered for the annual event at the West Indian Company dock. 


Vendors sold their goods, including delicious foods and drinks. The crowd enjoyed the parade featuring the famous pan around the neck steel band, the Charlotte Amalie High School Marching Hawks, the Ivanna Eudora Kean Dynamite Rays Marching Band, and the St. Thomas Majorettes.  From the stage three very popular bands, Milo’s Kings, When, and Spectrum Band, kept the people moving until late into the night.

The children in attendance had several special treats, including Santa Claus himself, accompanied by helpful elves and characters from the movie Frozen. After meeting Santa, the children received a reusable drawstring bag with goodies and visited a table filled with children’s books from which they could pick two, while the adults got to pick a copy of our latest title Creative Callaloo.

Books in hand, adults and kids went to meet, greet and have the books dedicated and signed by authors Rick Grant, Yohance Henley, Mario Picayo, and illustrator Danica David.


Danica was on double duty that evening. Besides illustrating The Vienna Cake Mystery, she also authored Creative Callaloo by our adult imprint Editorial Campana. Gorgeously illustrated, Creative Callaloo is a cookbook, art book, and poetry book all in one. 

Everyone in attendance had a great time, as can be seen by the many smiles. Our team signed books for three solid hours, committed to not allowing a single person coming to their table be disappointed. 

Thanks are given to the West Indian Company for including the gift of books in their Christmas program and for not only understanding the importance of literacy for the children of the Territory, but for also doing something positive about it.

Mario Picayo