Cover Reveal: Kwame Nkrumah’s Midnight Speech for Independence

We are delighted to host the cover reveal for an amazing forthcoming picture book from Just Us Books. Written by Useni Eugene Perkins and illustrated by Laura Freeman, Kwame Nkrumah’s Midnight Speech for Independence “shares the story of Nkrumah’s declaration of Ghana’s independence and the tremendous history that led to that celebrated moment.” Award-winning creators [ Read the full article… ]

Juneteenth – Literary Freedom

Happy Juneteenth! As we celebrate Freedom Day, let’s support Black bookstores and creators. Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, founder of the African American Children’s Book Project, is offering hundreds of titles in The Literary Cafe – Books & Events store. From board books through YA, she has curated a list to build home, school and library collections. Read [ Read the full article… ]

Why Juneteenth Matters

Thursday, President Joe Biden signed a bill into law making Juneteenth the first federal holiday established since Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Marking the date when General Gordon Granger arrived with the Union Army to enforce that enslaved people in Galveston, Texas were free – June 19, 1865 – Juneteenth is a celebration of [ Read the full article… ]

Opportunity!

Connections: Editors & BIPOC Creators Charlesbridge editors are offering free, 30-minute sessions to participants who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC) to discuss their manuscripts. During these sessions, the editor will offer specific constructive feedback on manuscripts, cover letters, and the submissions process, as well as guidance about the publishing industry if [ Read the full article… ]

The final set of Amplify Black Stories storyteller headshots

Meet the Amplify Black Stories Storytellers – Day 5

Today features the fifth and final 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.    Sharon Langley is co-author of A RIDE TO REMEMBER, her [ Read the full article… ]

Set four of Amplify Black Stories Storytellers headshots

Meet the Amplify Black Stories Storytellers – Day 4

Today features the fourth 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.    Nadia L. Hohn, M.Ed. is a world-traveling elementary school teacher and the [ Read the full article… ]

Set three of Amplify Black Stories storytellers headshots

Meet the Amplify Black Stories Storytellers – Day 3

Today features the third 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. K Tempest Bradford is a science fiction and fantasy writer, writing instructor, media [ Read the full article… ]