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Generations Book Club: Black Music Month

Today kicks off Black Music Month. In our first list for Generations Book Club, we include books that salute our Black National Anthem, explore a middle grader finding his voice and purpose, show an 18-year-old violinist navigating complicated choices about life and love and offer wisdom and experiences on discovering the creativity inside. Please check [ Read the full article… ]

Kick off Summer Reading with Generations

We’re thrilled to introduce The Brown Bookshelf’s latest project, Generations Book Club. A summer initiative designed to inspire and empower readers of all ages, we’re excited to kick it off on June 1. Aligned with our group’s mission to raise awareness of books by Black creators, Generations also resolves to boost sales, help families nurture [ Read the full article… ]

Making Our Own Market: Wade & Cheryl Hudson

For the last post in the Making Our Own Market series, we hear from trailblazers Wade and Cheryl Hudson.  Award-winning children’s book creators and founders of Just Us Books, they share important history and perspective. What progress have we made? How can we keep pushing for sustained change? We’re honored to feature the wisdom of [ Read the full article… ]

Making Our Own Market: Marti Dumas

Long before I saw Marti Dumas face to face, I met her through her characters – Jaden Toussaint, the big-brained kindergartner with the fly Afro, Jupiter Storm, the tween leader who loves science and becomes the caretaker of a special creature. Something about her story sensibility struck me. Black young heroes and magic. Her stories [ Read the full article… ]

Making Our Own Market: Black Children’s Books & Authors

Looking for new releases by Black children’s book creators? Black Children’s Books & Authors (BCBA) has you covered. Each month, they share a list of books that have debuted. BCBA has become a go-to source for keeping in the know. The many ways BCBA supports Black authors and illustrators include hosting cover reveals, providing an [ 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… ]

Making Our Own Market: Tonya Duncan Ellis

We are delighted to welcome Tonya Duncan Ellis to The Brown Bookshelf. Author of the independently-published Sophie Washington chapter book series, she has worked hard to build her audience and stand out in the market. Grit, consistency and innovation are just a few of the qualities she brings to promoting her work. Here, she shares [ Read the full article… ]