Welcome Aboard!

Psst, look to your right.

Notice anything different on our side nav bar?

No? Look again…

The Brown Bookshelf has two new members:

Olugbemisola Rhuday-Perkovich, author of the MG/YA debut, Eighth-grade Superzero (Arthur A. Levine, 2010)


Tameka F. Brown, author of debut Picture Book, Around Our Way (Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2010).


If you’re wondering what the heck happened, no worries. You didn’t fall asleep and wake up in a new time period. Change is the creature one cannot outrun, outlast or outplay.

A few weeks ago, Carla Sarratt, one of our founding members informed us that she had to bow out due to an increased workload. We all know how those pesky day jobs can be. They really put a kink in the ol’ writing schedule.

We hated to see Carla go. But it so happens that we’d been talking about expanding our reach through increased membership for some time. So we lurked around kidlit spots and daydreamed about who on earth, among our peers, was crazy enough, I mean *ahem* willing to take on yet another book-related project.



All kidding aside. Anyone who blogs, reviews or reports on the kiddie lit industry knows that it’s a labor of love. It’s no easy feat to find people who care as much about others work as they do their own and that’s what it takes to be truly involved in the kidlitosphere.

Tameka and Olugbemisola are both active in the The Association of Children’s Authors and Illustrators of Color (ACAIC), a network of children’s authors of color and AuthorsNow! a marketing co-op of children’s authors debuting in 2010.

The old saying is true, if you want something done, ask the busiest person in the room!

We’re excited and pleased to have them aboard. Drop by and give them a warm, Brown Bookshelf welcome in the comments, will you?

For more on our newest members, read the press release and see their bios on the About Us page.

22 Responses to Welcome Aboard!

  1. tanita says:

    I remember Olugbemiosola’s amazing, bright smile from the School Library Journal Writer’s Against Racism (WAR) series. And how exciting that Tameka also has a book out in 2010! That’s some positive news. Welcome Olugbemiosola and Tameka!

  2. Welcome, ladies!

    We’re so happy to have you on the team.

  3. carlasarratt says:

    Congrats, ladies! Welcome to the Brown Bookshelf team. Your membership is well deserved.

  4. elliottzetta says:

    Welcome Tameka and Olugbemiosola! the BBS team just got stronger…

  5. olugbemisola says:

    Thanks so much for the warm welcome!

  6. tee says:

    Yes, thanks everyone!

  7. Karen Strong says:

    Ooh, the Brown Bookshelf just hit the jackpot with these two wonderful writers. Congrats Gbemi and Tameka! Can’t wait to read your contributions on the blog.

  8. Welcome to you, Tameka and Olugbemiosola. I’ll be watching for your words of wisdom.

  9. Congrats, Tameka and Gbemi!


  10. Yippee! The BB is going strong! Congratulations to Tameka and Gbemi!

  11. Crystal Allen says:

    Welcome Tameka and Gbemi! Tameka, I’ve enjoyed your remarks on Verla Kay’s site. Glad you found us.

  12. Donna-Marie says:

    Woo–hoo!! Congrats you two. The BB keeps getting better and better with age. Carla — Thanks so much for your tireless efforts on behalf of the BB. Your efforts have resulted in an awesome resource for the community. Good luck with your future endeavors.

  13. Crystal R. says:

    Congratulations, Tameka and Gbemi! How exciting! So glad to have known you through your blogs and the “blue boards”!

    Wishing you both the best . . .

  14. Congratulations Tameka and Gbemi. Wishing you all the best.

  15. Congratulations to Tameka Fryer-Brown … you go, Girl! I am proud as can be of you. Blessings!

  16. Congratulations, Tameka! *applause*

  17. Amy Bowllan says:

    Congrats to you both!!! Kudos!

  18. YAY to both of you! (and a special shout out to Tee…YAYAY!!) :)


  19. LaTonya says:

    Welcome Tameka and Olugbemiosola! Thrilled that you’re here and when you have time, I’d like to chat about featuring you at Color Online.

    Looking forward to seeing what you do here.

  20. Ms. Yingling says:

    Really looking forward to Eighth-Grade Superzero. YA lit sometimes all sounds the same– this looks like something that would be a hit in my library!

  21. Jean Hall says:

    Congratulations, Tee. Go, Mudskippers!


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