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 can give them the praise they’ve earned.

For more than a decade, we have proudly saluted hundreds of authors and illustrators through our signature initiative. But there are so many more who deserve to be featured. We will accept nominations for our 12th annual 28 Days Later campaign, a Black History Month celebration of Black children’s book literature, today through December 15.

Nominate your favorites in the comments section. Anyone can nominate. Publishers may nominate their authors. Authors may self-nominate. Please note that we do not accept nominations of self-published authors. You can check out who we’ve featured here

After the submissions window closes, we’ll research the names you’ve submitted and our internal nominations. Then, we’ll choose our next class of 28 Days Later honorees. Mark your calendar for February 1 when the magic starts.

Too often, the work of our authors and illustrators goes unsung. With your support, we can make a difference. Thank you for helping us center and celebrate Black children’s book creators.

17 thoughts on “28 Days Later Call for Nominations

  1. Kelly Starling Lyons
    Tameka Fryer Brown
    Ronald L Smith
    Vanessa Brantley Newton
    Alice Faye Duncan
    Carole Boston Weatherford
    Jewell Parker Rhodes
    Dhonielle Clayton
    Nic Stone
    Angie Thomas
    Nicola Yoon
    Johnny Ray Moore

  2. All of these writers are writing debut middle grade in 2019 featuring black girls:

    GENESIS BEGINS AGAIN (S&S) by Alicia D. Williams
    A GOOD KIND OF TROUBLE (Balzer+Bray/Harper) by Lisa Moore Ramée
    FOR BLACK GIRLS LIKE ME (FSG/Macmillan) by Mariama J. Lockington
    THE FORGOTTEN GIRL (Scholastic) by India Hill
    JUST SOUTH OF HOME (S&S) by Karen Strong

  3. Barbara Binns (Courage – HarperCollins)
    Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator, new book Ast. Annie will be read by an astronaut on Space Station!)

  4. The Drum with No Sound: Written by: Katrina Rahman-Stephens

    A bi-cultural children’s book that exposes African and Deaf Culture!

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