The celebration officially kicks off on Monday, February 1. But you can get a sneak peek of the campaign now. Click here to download the 28 Days Later, 2010 poster.
Upon completing the layout, I felt encouraged. Sure, the number of African American children’s literature creators is small, relative to the industry as a whole. Visit any children’s and YA section of your local book store, and you won’t see many titles authored and/or illustrated by African Americans (other than during Black History Month). You might conclude that these books don’t exist.
But they do.
As an African American children’s book illustrator and author myself, in an industry that really isn’t as color-bind as it would have you believe, sometimes I get discouraged. But my work here at the Brown Bookshelf, specifically the 28 Days Later campaign, always inspires me. Whenever I find myself getting down, when I start to feel that the cards are stacked against me — and believe me, they are — I look at all the faces on the posters from past and current campaigns, and I feel hopeful.
African American children’s book writers and illustrators, keep doing what your doing. You’re paving the way, you’re making it easier for the next generation.