Call for Nominations: 28 Days Later

28dayslogoIt’s that time. Nominations are now being accepted for our ninth annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month showcase honoring emerging and established children’s book creators and their amazing literary contributions.

With your help, we’ve celebrated more than 220 black authors and illustrators. But there are so many more who deserve to be saluted.

Please nominate outstanding authors, illustrators or books in any of the following categories:

  • new children’s or young adult releases by black children’s book creators
  • unsung children’s or young adult books by black children’s book creators
  • “under the radar” black authors or illustrators
  • vanguard black authors or illustrators

Nominations will be accepted beginning today through December 1, 2015. To make a nomination, simply post a comment. Feel free to suggest as many individuals and books as you like.

To avoid nominating children’s book creators who have already been honored, please check out our previous honorees at the following links:

28 DAYS LATER – 2015

28 DAYS LATER – 2014

28 DAYS LATER – 2013

28 DAYS LATER – 2012

28 DAYS LATER – 2011

28 DAYS LATER – 2010

28 DAYS LATER – 2009

28 DAYS LATER – 2008

We’ll consider your suggestions, our internal nominations and recommendations from past campaigns. Then, we’ll announce the new class of 28 Days Later honorees on January 18, 2016. The celebration kicks off February 1.

Our mission is to raise awareness of the many African Americans creating books for young readers. With 28 Days Later, we put these talents in front of the folks who can get their books into the hands of kids – librarians, teachers, parents and booksellers among others.

Thank you for your continued support.


26 thoughts on “Call for Nominations: 28 Days Later

  1. New Children’s release by Black Children’s book creators: Pharrell Williams for Happy! ;

    New young adult releases by black children’s book creators: Daniel Jose Older (also a BuzzFeed contributor on diversity in kid lit and sci-fi, among many other literary activities).

    Unsung children’s books by black children’s book creators: Jabari Asim (Whose Toes Are Those).

    “Under the radar” black authors: Christopher S. Ledbetter (YA).

    “Under the radar” black illustrators: Robert Liu-Trujillo (Furqan’s First Flat Top, among other titles).

    Vanguard black authors or illustrators: Nnedi Okorafor (YA)

    Nominating M.K. Asante (for Buck) in case you would consider his book a cross-over.

  2. I would like to nominate Jaden Toussaint, the Greatest by Marti Dumas. This book is amazing. It’s a children’s book staring a kindergarten student. Even a 16 year old , like myself, can enjoy it.

  3. I nominate author Mélina Mangal, whose writing showcases the personal histories of cultural legends like Virginia Hamilton and ground-breaking scientist Ernest Everett Just. Although Mélina’s short fiction (published in Milkweed’s Stories From Where We Live series and translated into Spanish) has flown ‘under the radar,’ her stories highlight a diverse range of African-American kids, and their connection to nature.

  4. Hello. I would like to nominate two authors – Crystal Allen and specifically, her forthcoming book, “The Magnificent Mya Tibbs – Spirit Week Showdown” (Jan 2016) and Sundee Frazier and her forthcoming book, “Cleo Edison Oliver – Playground Millionaire” (Jan 2016). Thank you.

  5. I would like to nominate Jamilah Tetterton author of a wonderful children’s book, From Where Do We Come. I purchased a copy of this highly recommended book on and my children loved the concept of the story. The story is amazing. I highly recommend it for both children and adults!

  6. Hello, I would like to nominate Karen English for her Nikki and Deja series. Also, Edwiidge Danticat for her books Untwined and Mama’s Nightingale.

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