Headshots of Black creatives in Amplify Black Stories program

Meet The Amplify Black Stories Storytellers – Day 2

Today features the second set of storytellers in our Amplify Black Stories program. Remember, our storytellers work can be purchased at  THE LITERARY CAFE – BOOKS & EVENTS Bookstore Amplify Black Stories Book List, curated by The African American Children’s Book Project.    Debbie Ann Taylor is an author of picture books, including SWEET MUSIC [ Read the full article… ]

pictures of 5 Black children's lit creators

Meet The Amplify Black Stories Storytellers – Day 1

Sharing is caring. We want you to care about these Black creators who are developing work so that Black readers see themselves and their stories and to continue humanizing Black people to non-Black readers – so, we’re sharing a little more about them every day this week. Remember, our storytellers work can be purchased at [ Read the full article… ]

Amplify Black Stories Announces 24-Storyteller Cohort

Program of connection and bridge-building with the children’s publishing industry springs forward  Edited to correct spelling of sponsor Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency Honesdale, PA – In partnership with the Highlights Foundation, the Brown Bookshelf today announced the cohort of storytellers selected for Amplify Black Stories, a six-month program focused on supporting Black storytellers, confronting industry [ Read the full article… ]

Spotlight on Elle McKinney & Robyn Smith’s Nubia: Real One

I admit to being  jaded about the DC or Marvel universes. When the movies first showed up on the big screen, I was excited to see a form of fantasy and magic take center stage. I  brimmed with anticipation, just like everyone else of an *ahem* certain age that had watched the cartoons or the [ Read the full article… ]

PRESS RELEASE: The United State of The BrownBook Shelf

Amplification and Advocacy Group To Galvanize Black Kid Lit (August 24, 2020) – The Brown Bookshelf is calling on the children’s literature community to assess and change traditional practices that marginalize the work of Black children’s literature creatives.  The organization has amplified the voices of nearly 400 children’s book authors and illustrators since its inception [ Read the full article… ]