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Day 14: Sharon E. Langley

Sharon E. Langley is living history–a civil rights figure since the age of eleven months, when she and her parents became the first to officially desegregate the Gwynn Oak Amusement Park in Baltimore, Maryland on August 28, 1963. Today, Sharon  is an author and elementary educator. Her debut picture book, A RIDE TO REMEMBER (co-authored [ Read the full article… ]

Day 13: TeMika Grooms

TeMika Grooms is a Georgia-based writer and illustrator creating stories with a belief that all children should be able to see themselves as the hero within the pages of a book. Learn more about TeMika’s journey into publication on Day 13 of The Brown Bookshelf 28 Days Later.

Day 12: Mélina Mangal

Mélina Mangal writes picture books, biographies, and short stories that focus on connections with nature and culture.  She is also an elementary school library media teacher, and our 28 Days Later Day 12 honoree. Mélina Mangal is the author of The Vast Wonder of the World: Biologist Ernest Everett Just, winner of the Carter G. [ Read the full article… ]

Day 11: Janae Marks

Middle grade author Janae Marks’ debut novel, From the Desk of Zoe Washington, won the Tassy Walden: New Voices in Children’s Literature Award and was nominated for an Edgar Award. Bookpage calls her “one of the brightest new stars of contemporary middle grade” and we agree. Janae is our Day 11 honoree. Janae Marks is [ Read the full article… ]

Day 10: Dinah Johnson

Dinah Johnson has a generous spirit and a wealth of knowledge about children’s literature. Her passion for stories and history are evident in everything she does, as is her desire to create a better world for children, especially Black children, through books. We are delighted to honor Dinah Johnson and her work on Day 10 [ Read the full article… ]

Day 9 – Bryan Patrick Avery

At the age of 7, Bryan Patrick Avery discovered a love of reading after receiving his first Bobbsey Twins Mystery Book. Today, he is an award-winning poet and author of over 20 books for children. Bryan is our 28 Days Later Day 9 honoree. BRYAN PATRICK AVERY is an award-winning poet and author of over [ Read the full article… ]

Day 8: Brittany J. Thurman

Brittany J. Thurman is a talented writer using her education, experience, and sheer creative talent to craft endearing stories for children of all ages.  She is certainly one to watch as she creates an abundant catalog of work.  We congratulate Brittany on all her past and future successes. Learn more with us as Brittany shares her journey in this post for The Brown Bookshelf.

Day 7: Valerie Bolling

Valerie Bolling is a passionate author of books for young readers.  She has a beautiful spirit for sharing knowledge with fellow creators who also want to do this good work.  The Brown Bookshelf is pleased to feature such a prolific author who is charting a course of success in book publishing.