Call for Submissions – 28 Days Later

28dayslaterlogoIt’s that time. The submissions window has officially opened for the 11th annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month celebration of black children’s book creators. We will take nominations today through November 10th.

Over the past decade, we have proudly saluted more than 250 authors and illustrators through our signature initiative. But there are so many more who deserve to be showcased.

That’s where you come in. Help us identify under-the-radar and vanguard black children’s book creators we should consider featuring. Let us know who we should check out so we can give them the praise they’ve earned.

After the submissions window closes, we’ll research the names you’ve submitted and our internal nominations. Then, we’ll choose the stand-outs who will be the next class of 28 Days Later honorees. The celebration of their work begins February 1.

Too often, the work of black authors and illustrators goes unsung. With 28 Days Later, we put these talents in front of the folks who can get their books into the hands of kids – librarians, teachers, parents and booksellers among others.

Nominate your favorites in the comments section. Please note that due to the limited resources of the team, we can only take nominations of traditionally published books. We may highlight a small number of self-published children’s book creators for the 28 Days Later campaign, but these authors and illustrators will be internally nominated.

You can check out past honorees in the 28 Days Later pull-down tab in the menu above. If you could make sure your nominee hasn’t already been featured, that would be a great help.

Spread the word and nominate often. With your support, we can make a difference. Thank you.

10 Responses to Call for Submissions – 28 Days Later

  1. Christopher Biddle says:

    I nominate Kimberly A. Gordon Biddle the author of LaDonna Plays Hoops. The publisher of this book is MacLaren-Cochrane Publishing.

  2. I’d like to nominate Now or Never!: Fifty-Fourth Massachusetts Infantry’s War to End Slavery by Ray Anthony Shepard (Calkins Creek). This is a riveting dual biography of two little-known but extraordinary men in Civil War history; the title has received starred reviews from Kirkus (“absolutely stellar”) and School Library Connection.

  3. Roye Okupe says:

    I’d like to nominate Roye Okupe. Writer of both E.X.O. – The Legend of Wale Williams and Malika – Warrior Queen. These are superhero and fantasy stories inspired by African culture and history. Please see more here:

  4. I’m nominating award winning picture book, Eli’s Balloon by Candace Ruffin.

  5. I am nominating Brown Boy Book by Daphnie Glenn! You may find it

  6. I nominate Carole Boston Weatherford for her PB The Legendary Miss Lena Horne.📚🏆💜

  7. William Davis says:

    I would like to nominate U-R-Brews by William Davis. This is a fun to read, message filled children’s book with colorful hand drawings. It’s designed for beginner readers and will teach children their true heritage, how to live righteously and hopefully lead them into the bible.
    You can find it here:

  8. Christy says:

    I would like to nominate Marti Dumas, author of Jaden Toussaint, The Greatest, Episode 5: Mission Star Power and author of Jupiter Storm. Both excellent books were published in 2017 by the fantastic Plum Street Press.

  9. I nominate Becky Hatcher Crabtree for “Try and Be Somebody, The Story of Dr. Henry Lake Dickason.” Dr. Dickason was the first president of Bluefield State College and an early leader of Black education.

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