Shining the Light: Announcing the Honorees

28dayslogoToday, we are proud to announce the honorees for our eighth annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month celebration of emerging and established children’s book creators of color. Each day during February, we will showcase an outstanding author or illustrator. We invite you to come along on our journey and spread the news to your friends.

The submissions window for our campaign opened in September and closed on October 31. We are grateful for the wonderful suggestions from librarians, teachers, publishers and kidlit lovers that came in. Our team considered those names along with internal nominations and nominees from past years, keeping focused on our mission to raise awareness of the many African-American voices writing for young readers.

The campaign will begin on Sunday, February 1, 2015, and we will honor 28 children’s book creators in all – 23 authors and five illustrators. This year, we’re honoring an up-and-comer who has selflessly given to others as she pushes toward publication among the authors too.

The honorees and the day they will be featured are as follows:

Vanguard authors/illustrators in bold.

1. C.J. Farley

2. JaNay Brown-Wood

3. Connie Schofield-Morrison

4. R. Gregory Christie

5. Dhonielle Clayton

6. Stephanie Perry Moore

7. Langston Hughes

8. Katheryn Russell-Brown

9. Jan Spivey Gilchrist

10. Jackie Wellington

11. Jesmyn Ward

12. Fredrick L. McKissack

13. Patrik Henry Bass

14. Wynton Marsalis

15. Faith Ringgold

16. Tonya Cherie Hegamin

17. Betty Bynum

18. Misty Copeland

19. Christine Taylor-Butler

20. Mildred Pitts Walter

21. K’NAAN

22. Lucille Clifton

23. Jerry Craft

24. Justina Ireland

25. Georgia McBride

26. Brandy Colbert

27. John Steptoe

28. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar





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