“When I was born, the doctors told my mom that if I did survive I would have lots of health problems and be blind, deaf and severely mentally delayed . . . Boy were they wrong!” —Tyler Gordon Fifteen-year-old Tyler Gordon has had a lot to manage in his young life. He is partially deaf [ Read the full article… ]
Author: Tameka Fryer Brown
Before and After The Water
Where do I begin. When I first read the ARC for The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, all I could think was, “Wow.” My mind was overwhelmed by the power of this breathtaking book, and though I’d expected to love it all along, I had no idea how picture book-perfect it would truly be. [ Read the full article… ]
GENERATIONS BOOK CLUB: Monsters, Mermaids, and Magic…Yes Please!
During October, even the scarediest of cats may crave experiences of a more mystical (or downright spooky) variety. Here are some titles that can scratch that itch, not only during Halloween, but all year long. Brain Lair Books is our Generations Book Club partner. To purchase the following titles, please click on the book cover [ Read the full article… ]
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… ]
Do You Know YOUR NAME IS A SONG?
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… ]
Time to Celebrate!
TOMORROW’S THE DAY! Join us for the next 28 days as we celebrate these outstanding Black authors and illustrators! And please spread the word. They deserve maximum shine. Our 2019 Honorees for 28 DAYS LATER* February 1 – Mariama Lockington February 2 – Rebecca Barrow February 3 – Maxine Beneba Clarke February 4 – David [ Read the full article… ]