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Day 20: Liara Tamani

When Liara Tamani says she follows her heart, she means it! She follows her heart when her favorite “jam” comes on, and she’s not ashamed to sing it out loud in public. She follows her heart by traveling the globe to places some only dream of visiting. She followed her heart by leaving Harvard Law [ Read the full article… ]

Day 19: Jay Coles

JAY COLES is a young adult and middle grade writer, a composer with ASCAP, and a professional musician residing in Indianapolis, Indiana. He is a graduate of Vincennes University and Ball State University and holds degrees in English and Liberal Arts. When he’s not writing diverse books, he’s advocating for them, teaching middle school students, [ Read the full article… ]

Day 18: Carmen Bogan

  Carmen Bogan is the award- winning author of the picture books, Where’s Rodney?, Granny, Who is God? and its upcoming sequel Up in God’s House. Carmen also founded Dream On Publishing in 2013. On her website, Carmen explains that the mission of her mulitcultural children’s book publishing company is to respect and free the voices and minds [ Read the full article… ]

Day 17: Gordon C. James

Well. A lot has happened since the BBS team elected to honor fine artist and breakout children’s book illustrator Gordon C. James in this year’s 28 Days Later campaign. By a lot I mean the blowing up of his beautiful new book, CROWN: An Ode to the Fresh Cut (written by Derrick Barnes, published by [ Read the full article… ]

Day 16: Marley Dias

It’s not everyday that one of the authors we spotlight also happens to be a member of the primary audience of the books that those of us at BBS creates.  But today, is that day. The same month that she turned 13 years old, Marley Dias also became a debut author. An impressive milestone on [ Read the full article… ]

Day 14: Tiffany D. Jackson

Last winter, Tiffany D. Jackson’s debut YA novel ALLEGEDLY had a lot of people talking with it’s emotionally charged story literally ripped from the courtroom. Kirkus called the novel “searing and true,” adding it “effectively joins Ava DuVernay’s documentary 13th and Michelle Alexander’s THE NEW JIM CROW (2010) to become another indictment of the penal system’s decimating [ Read the full article… ]