African Icons Cover Reveal!

We are thrilled to share the cover for Brown Bookshelf board member Tracey Baptiste. This book of narrative nonfiction features ten people from all over the African continent who were movers and shakers in world history. It illuminates a part of Black history that often (always) gets left out during Black history month celebrations–the thousands [ Read the full article… ]

A Call To Action: Walking the Talk

The Brown Bookshelf, in partnership with the Highlights Foundation, will soon be notifying our first storyteller cohort of their acceptance into Amplify Black Stories, a year-long program designed to mentor and build community among debut, midlist, and vanguard Black kidlit creatives! In November of 2016, we issued a Declaration in Support of Children, in which [ Read the full article… ]


Happy Publication Day to author Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow! Her latest picture book, Your Name is a Song, releases today. This phenomenal picture book (illustrated by Luisa Uribe and published by Innovation Press) is the story of a young girl who doesn’t want to go back to school after the first day because no one is able [ Read the full article… ]

Making Our Own Market: HBCU Proud by Yvette Manns

I am HBCU proud. In 1992, I graduated with a Business Administration degree from Florida A&M University’s School of Business and Industry. (Go Rattlers!) While my oldest daughter did not attend an HBCU, she is more in love with her Hillman paraphernalia than the stuff from her actual alma mater and may (from time to [ Read the full article… ]

Celebrating Diversity at ALA: Recommended Titles

Our sincere thanks to all of the ALA participants who joined The Brown Bookshelf in paying tribute to our favorite children’s books created for and by African Americans (and those of the African diaspora). Below are the links to the book lists we promised: BBS Nonfiction BBS Fiction BBS “Celebrating Diversity” Book Recommendations Thanks again for all you do to [ Read the full article… ]

Happy Book Birthday, Crystal Allen!

Oh Mylanta…She’s back! We are pleased as peanut brittle to celebrate the latest, greatest release from author and BBS contributor, Crystal Allen, also known as The Magnificent Mya Tibbs: Spirit Week Showdown (Balzer and Bray).   We asked Crystal for some inside scoop on the creation of her new chapter book series. Our conversation went as follows:   BBS: [ Read the full article… ]

Nominations Now Open for 28 Days Later!

Happy Labor Day! As today is the day our nation has set aside for celebrating the myriad social and economic contributions of our American labor force (which all too often tends to go unlauded the rest of the year), it is more than fitting that we’ve chosen today to open up nominations for 28 Days Later-2015! 28 Days [ Read the full article… ]