Tony Medina

  It was a teenaged tryst with Daniel Keyes’ Flowers for Algernon that led award-winning poet and author, Tony Medina, to his love of all things literary.  He went on to earn his MA and PhD in Poetry, and American and African American Literature from Binghamton University, SUNY. He’s taught English and Creative Writing for [ Read the full article… ]

Generations Book Club: Celebrating Afro-Latinx Creators

Welcome back to Generations Book Club! Our new list celebrates books by Afro-Latinx creators. From picture books to middle-grade, YA to adult, we have great reads for everyone in the family. If you’d like to purchase copies of any of our picks, click on the covers below. Our mission for Generations is to raise awareness [ Read the full article… ]

OPAL’S GREENWOOD OASIS: History in Full Color

The upcoming centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre on May 31, 2021 – June 1, 2021 offers us the opportunity to hear from Black creators telling the story of what happened in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921 through books, television, film, radio and other planned public programs. Three Black creatives in Oklahoma [ Read the full article… ]

We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices

Today is the book birthday for a special anthology. Edited by Wade and Cheryl Hudson and published by Crown Books for Young Readers in cooperation with the Hudsons’ company, Just Us Books, We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices is a treasury of poems, prose and art that offers hope and encouragement to children in these challenging times. The [ Read the full article… ]

A Declaration in Support of Children

Children’s literature may be the most influential literary genre of all. Picture books, chapter books, middle-grade and young-adult novels all serve the most noble of purposes: to satisfy the need for information, to entertain curious imaginations, to encourage critical thinking skills, to move and inspire. Within their pages, seeds of wisdom and possibility are sown. [ Read the full article… ]

Whatcha Reading this Summer?

So. Summer vacation is half over.  Have you gotten some swim time in? Seen the latest movies? Visited the grandparents? Reached your summer reading goal? We can help you with the last one. The Brown Bookshelf sent out a call to publishers and readers, asking for the latest and greatest children’s books by African-American authors and illustrators. Below [ Read the full article… ]

The BBS 2012 Summer Reading List — Picture Books & Early Readers

It’s time to pull out the shades and the sunscreen (yes, the sunscreen) and get ready for all things summer! While planning days filled with travel and play and surfside fun, do not forget the most important summertime accessory of all: a good book. As always, The Brown Bookshelf is here to help you stay [ Read the full article… ]