Announcing the 17th Class of 28 Days Later Honorees

Happy 2024, Friends! We were on hiatus most of last year. Happy to be back celebrating outstanding Black children’s book creators. This time, we’re doing something new. We’re collaborating with our Amplify Black Stories fellows to salute their work and give you an update on the members of The Brown Bookshelf team. Not familiar with Amplify [ Read the full article… ]

The Future of 28 Days Later

When The Brown Bookshelf launched 28 Days Later in 2007, our goals were simple – honor Black children’s literature creatives who blazed trails in publishing and highlight Black children’s lit creatives who were not getting a significant level of recognition and promotional support for their works. We’ve accomplished those goals year after year and are [ Read the full article… ]

28 Days Later Call for Nominations

  Kwame Alexander. Renée Watson. Derrick Barnes. Just a few of the outstanding Black children’s book creators we showcased here before they received well-deserved, industry-wide acclaim. Put your thinking caps on. Help us identify under-the-radar and vanguard Black children’s book creators we should consider profiling. Let us know who we should check out so we [ Read the full article… ]

What’s New in Our World

Thank you for celebrating our 28 Days Later campaign. It’s our 12th year honoring outstanding Black children’s book creators. We’re filled with pride at the amazing work they do and are inspired by their stories of grit, perseverance and creativity. Ten Black children’s book authors and illustrators make up our Brown Bookshelf family. Our mission [ Read the full article… ]

Party for Five

One may be the loneliest number, but five is a party. We’re proud to announce our twenty-four authors and four illustrators spotlights marking our fifth annual 28 Days Later initiative, a month-long celebration of veteran and emerging children’s authors of color. There was a time when we considered doing something BIG to mark the fifth [ Read the full article… ]

Thank You For Brown Bookshelving!

What a month it’s been. What started out as a simple exercise in shelf awareness has grown into a full-fledged mission to bring authors and readers of all backgrounds, ethnicities and races together to celebrate books, the authors who write them and the illustrators who make them beautiful. The support from visitors to our site, [ Read the full article… ]