28 Days Later

28 Days Later

During the twenty-eight days of Black History Month, we profile a different children’s or young adult author and children’s illustrator, looking for the best new and unnoticed works by African-Americans. From picture books to novels, books fresh off the presses to those that have lurked in the background unsung for months or years. Specifically, we look for:

*New books

*Books that have “flown under the radar”

*That are children’s or Young Adult written by an African-American author

*Published by a traditional publisher for the trade market.

Nominations will be accepted from September 28th to November 1st. To nominate, post a comment here at the website, or email us at email@thebrownbookshelf.com. You can nominate as many books as you like.

Please check out past 28 Days Later campaigns (found in the drop-down menu of the 28 Days Later tab) to see who’s already had the spotlight.


– The Brown Bookshelf

NOTE: Please note that due to the limited resources of the team, we can only take nominations for traditionally published books. We may highlight a small number of self-published authors for the 28 Days Later campaign, but these authors will be nominated and picked by the Brown Bookshelf team. If you have any questions on this matter, please email us at teambrownbookshelf@gmail.com.

18 Responses to 28 Days Later

  1. I would like to nominate author Shanequa Davis, for her charming children’s book, “Chloe and Her Two Red Shoes!”

  2. Ruth Smith says:

    I nominate The Pretty Poodle by Angela Majette. Ms. Majette read her book to my daughter’s class and the girls loved it. Very inspiring story. Every girl should read The Pretty Poodle!

  3. I would like to nominate author Mabel Elizabeth Singletary for The Double Dutch Club Series for girls- (Books 1, 2, & 3), and Leon’s Share The Young Conquerors Series Book 1

  4. […] of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers. Our flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written […]

  5. M. Mitinsi says:

    Hi, I’m self published (& the email didn’t work) so I would like to let you know about my book The Homework Mystery, a sci-fi mystery: http://amzn.to/1UVuwqk Thanks!

  6. Shannon says:

    I would like to be nominated for my book series Summit Middle School: The Most Beautiful Bully, Silentious, The Alternative, and All About My Selfie.

    I also have four books from Port City High with a 2015 release date: The Accident, Listed, Traumatized, and A Port in Pieces.

    Thank you so much for consideration.

    Shannon Freeeman

  7. My sister and I are two retired teachers who are also grandmothers. We just finished I Like My Brown Skin Because…for our grandchildren and want to submit it to the Brown Books Shelf. This book helps children appreciate their brown skin and the wonderful history it represents.
    Julia A. DAvis

    • Barb Kneipp says:

      I have read “I Like My Brown Skin Because…” This book is so timely and so well written if brought me to tears–both of compassion and joy.

  8. Jeff Thomas says:

    I want to nominate a GREAT book by a rapidly emerging young author, Marti Dumas. The Book is JADEN TOUSSAINT THE GREATEST.
    Jeff Thomas

  9. Jeff Thomas says:

    On this site you can find great children’s books, especially Jaden Toussaint the Greatest

  10. “My Father is in Prison” is a picture book that shows the struggle of Louis who is changing schools again and is ashamed to share about his father’s whereabouts. An excellent starter for rich conversation about mass incarceration, empathy, and bullying.

  11. Ian Parker says:

    I would like to nominate a book called “Dance, David, Dance.” It is a book written by Ian Parker (I.D. Parker) who is currently a Phd student in Education. The book is about a pair of black twin boys who dance whenever they see/hear someone use their manners.


  12. […] February, The Brown Bookshelf will launch its 10th “28 Days Later” campaign. An annual celebration of debut, trailblazing, and “under-the-radar” Black authors […]

  13. I would like to nominate ‘Obama: 101 Best Covers’, by Ben Arogundade, released this September.

    The book curates the Obama story via a selection of his best newspaper and magazine covers, and is very much aimed at bringing Obama’s inspirational rise to young black adults across America and the world.

    Here is also a link to some press about the book:

  14. Tawanda W. Johnson says:

    I would like to nominate Kerry G. Johnson for the 28 Days Later campaign.

    Kerry G. Johnson is an award-winning artist and art director whose work has been published in numerous newspapers, magazines, books and on websites and blogs. He has illustrated several children’s books (self-published and independent) along with a unique line of greeting cards focused on people of color. In 2017, he was recognized by The Baltimore Sun as a “Columbia (MD) Notable” for his creativity and illustration work.

    For more information about Kerry, please visit these links:

    Thank you for the consideration,

    ~ Tawanda Johnson

  15. […] at The Brown Bookshelf have used Black History Month as inspiration for their flagship initiative, 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written […]

  16. […] flagship initiative is 28 Days Later, a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade, and Young Adult novels written […]

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