Nominations Now Open for 28 Days Later!


Happy Labor Day!

As today is the day our nation has set aside for celebrating the myriad social and economic contributions of our American labor force (which all too often tends to go unlauded the rest of the year), it is more than fitting that we’ve chosen today to open up nominations for 28 Days Later-2015!

28 Days Later is The Brown Bookshelf’s flagship initiative, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Early Readers, Chapter Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans. Each day in February, we will profile a different children’s/young adult author or illustrator, hard-working African American artists who we’ve identified as creators of quality literature for young people!

The nominations we seek should be for authors, illustrators, or books that meet the following criteria:

*New Children’s or Young Adult book releases

*Children’s or Young Adult books that have “flown under the radar”

*African-American authors or illustrators

*Titles published by a traditional publisher for the trade market.


Nominations will be accepted beginning today, September 1, through October 31, 2014. To nominate an author or illustrator, simply post a comment here, or email us at Feel free to nominate as many individuals (or books) as you like!

Note: To avoid nominating individuals who have already been honored, please check out our previous honorees at the following links:

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


Thanks in advance for your participation in this year’s campaign. We can’t wait to see who you nominate!

39 thoughts on “Nominations Now Open for 28 Days Later!

  1. Happy Labor Day to you Brown Bookshelf! I so look forward to your 28 Days Later. I skimmed the previous lists. I did not see these authors/illustrators, but I can be wrong.

    Tonya Bolden
    Shane Evans
    Sean Qualls
    Beverly Jenkins
    Sister Souljah
    Coe Booth (?)
    Andrea Davis Pinkney (?)
    Brian Pinkney (?)
    Jaime Adoff
    Julius Lester (?)
    G. Neri (?)
    Ntozake Shange

    That’s it for now. If I think of more, I’ll submit them! Thanks for your consideration!

  2. Hello BBS! After reviewing the past lists, I saw that Jaime Adoff, Julius Lester and Andrea Davis Pinkney were already honored. So, I am adding Kia Dupree, Edwidge Danticat, Jesmyn Ward, Travis Hunter, Fredrick L. McKissack, Jr.,

  3. I would like to nominate Tonya Hegamin and her most recent novel, Willow. It’s the kind of book you can’t put down! A great read and historically significant.

  4. Sherri L. Smith author of ORLEANS.
    Brandi Colbert author of POINTE

    Ditto Tonya Hegamin

    Had a bunch of other names, but they’ve already been featured. Will we run out of authors?

  5. Please honor Tonya Cherie Hegamin, author of WILLOW for this distinct and well-deserved honor.
    Suzanne Cornell

  6. Okay, since everyone has nominated Tonya Cherie Hegamin, I’ll nominate:
    Alex Wheatle
    Shannon Gibney
    Nicola Yoon
    Denise Lewis Patrick
    Renée Watson
    Dhonielle Clayton (I know you’ve featured her company, but how about her book she co-authored?)

  7. Hands Down! I nominate Willow by Tonya Hegamin for 28 Days Late 2015. Meets/Matches/Embraces all your criteria and is an incredibly important book.

  8. I nominate Robyn Z. Abdusamad
    Children Books: “Wahid & His Special Friend” and “You Are Beautiful”

  9. I don’t know if this book is Young Adult or not, I’ll let you decide.
    Disgruntled: A Novel by Asali Solomon.

    It’s says it’s a coming-of age book. it’s also his debut novel.

  10. Please accept my nomination for Constance Panton, author of the wonderful and charming book Danielli Brambelli: The Terrible Sleeper.

  11. Good Day BBS,
    I would like to nominate ” Danielli Brambelli-The Terrible Sleeper” for the Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later 2014. It was authored by Constance Panton!

  12. Hi brown bookshelf…I’m so glad to have stumbled into this website while searching for African children’s books authors!
    These writers have phenomenal books with a variety of topics not only captivating to a young mind but also to adults…like me!
    For now, I nominate, Jerry Craft and Katheryn Russell-Brown for various reasons. Congratulations you two!:) Pauline W

  13. I’d like to nominate Caribbean diaspora author Amalie Howard, author of Waterfell, The Almost Girl, and more from Harlequin Teen.

  14. I’d also like to nominate Justina Ireland, author of YA SF novels Promise of Shadows and Vengeance Bound; as well as Kwame Alexander, author of middle grade verse novel, The Crossover, YA contemporary He Said, She Said, and the picture book Acoustic Rooster.

  15. Hi,
    I would like to nominate Mélina Mangal for the “Under the Radar” category. She is the author of 4 biographies, as well as short fiction, emphasizing under-represented groups. Thank you!

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