What is The Brown Bookshelf?

A group of authors and illustrators who came together to push awareness of the myriad of African American voices writing for young readers.

What is 28 Days Later?

28 Days Later is the flagship initiative of The Brown Bookshelf. It is a month-long showcase of the best in Picture Books, Middle Grade and Young Adult novels written and illustrated by African Americans to help parents, teachers, librarians and booksellers recommend good reads.

How will the 28 Days Later authors and illustrators be selected?

Through a multi-tier selection process. Public submissions will be accepted from October 2 – November 2 at the Brown Bookshelf blog. Authors may self-submit themselves for consideration. Author and Illustrator names will also be solicited from publishers, librarians, teachers and other children’s literature industry professionals. The Brown Bookshelf research and review team will also internally nominate candidates.

To submit a name

– Post submissions to The Brown Bookshelf blog in the comment section of the blog post soliciting names

When will you announce those selected?

Authors and illustrators selected will be notified via email in December or January. Starting February 1st, the selected authors/illustrators  and their work will be highlighted at The Brown Bookshelf website.

How many slots are available for the open submissions?

This is at the discretion of The Brown Bookshelf.

Will you notify authors  if they’re selected as a 28 Days Later profile?

Due to the large amount of names submitted, authors and illustrators will only be notified if they made the top twelve and only finalists will be notified that they’ve made the campaign.

Can The Brown Bookshelf review my book?

At this time, the only books that members of The Brown Bookshelf review are for the 28 Days Later initiative.  The members are not book reviewers and BBS does not accept unsolicited requests for book reviews or inclusion in the 28 Days Later campaign.

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