Sunday, December 30, 2018

2018 — A milestone year for Just Us Books

2018 was an exciting year for Just Us Books. We thank all of our friends and supporters for our success. 

We kicked off a celebration of our 30th year of continuous publishing, with an event at the Schomburg Center,  saw the release of We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, published in partnership with Crown Books for Young Readers. We published four titles under JUB and sister imprint, Marimba Books and received several honors recognizing our contributions to children's literature and diversity. School visits and speaking engagements enabled us and many of our authors and illustrators to engage with students, parents and teachers around the country. We thank all of you who helped to spread the word about our efforts and purchased, reviewed and recommended our books as resource tools. There could be no Just Us Books without all of you. We look forward to partnering with you in 2019. 

And we continue… 

Friday, November 23, 2018


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Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Just Us Books and Black Classic Press Announce Joint Printing Relationship

(September 26, 2018) – Black-owned publisher Just Us Books, which marks the beginning of its 30th year this October, and BCP Digital Printing, the printing arm of Black Classic Press, which is also Black owned and celebrating its 40th year, have announced a joint printing relationship.

Just Us Books will use the printing services of BCP Digital for its middle reader fiction and non-fiction titles. BCP Digital has already begun printing five Just Us Books titles: Book of Black Heroes: Great Women in the Struggle; Poetry from the Masters: The Pioneers, and three books in its Kid Caramel mystery series: Werewolf of PS 40, Case of the Missing Ankh and Ghost Ranch.

Wade Hudson, president and co-founder with his wife Cheryl of Just Us Books, says attending Black Classic Press’ 40th anniversary celebration this past May is what sparked the idea for the printing services of BCP Digital.

“We’ve known Paul for decades and have worked together on initiatives to make both our publishing community and cultural communities stronger,” says Hudson. “We knew BCP Digital as a great short run printer. But when we toured the facility in May and saw how much their operation and printing capabilities have expanded – we knew we had found the right company to print our middle reader titles.” 

“Just Us Books partnering with BCP Digital is another way for Black businesses to continue high quality work while supporting each other,” Hudson adds.
Paul Coates, owner of Black Classic Press and BCP Digital Printing is also pleased with the new partnership. “Working with Just Us, the largest and oldest of our young adult and children’s book publishers is great honor. Just as important - it’s a continuing example of how Black businesses can support each other,” says Coates.

BCP Digital prints for publishers, self-publishers, and organizations large and small.  The company currently prints books for several other Black owned publishers including Third World Press Foundation, founded by Haki Madhubuti, and Africa World Press/The Red Sea Press, founded by Kassahun Checole. Together with Black Classic Press and Just Us Books, the companies comprise the few remaining “legacy Black publishers” that are still operating in the US.

About Black Classic Press
Founded in 1978,
Black Classic Press is devoted to publishing obscure and significant works by and about people of African descent. It specializes in republishing works that are out of print and quite often out of memory. The company began publishing because it wanted to extend the memory of important books that have helped in meaningful ways to shape the Black diasporic experience and our understanding of the world. BCP Digital Printing was launched in 1995 as a short run press.

About Just Us Books
Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year,
Just Us Books is an independent, Black-owned publisher of books for young people that focus on African-American history, culture and experiences. Founded in 1988 by husband and wife team, Wade and Cheryl Hudson, the company’s titles range from concept books for Pre-K to novels for young adults. Just Us Books’ titles can be purchased at booksellers and via its website:  

Connect with Just Us Books on social media: Twitter: @JustUsBooks and

1) Legacy Black publishers: Paul Coates of Black Classic Press; Cheryl Willis Hudson of Just Us Books; Haki Madhubuti of Third World Press Foundation; and Wade Hudson of Just Us Books

2) Wade and Cheryl Hudson tour the BCP Digital facility

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Meet Authors/Publishers Wade and Cheryl Hudson (Fall 2018 appearances)

Wade and Cheryl Hudson, founders of Just Us Books, will speak and sign at a number of events this fall in support of their new anthology We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices, being published in collaboration with Crown (available Sept 4, 2018).

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Just Us Books & Marimba Books Announce Fall 2018 Releases

Just Us Books and Marimba Books, leading independent publishers of multicultural books for young people, will release the following titles this fall:

I’m A Big Sister Now
by Katura J. Hudson
illustrated by Sylvia L. Walker
$8.95, ages 3 - 7
ISBN: 978-1-60349-022-1
(companion book to I'm A Big Brother Now)

Being a big sister is a big job. It takes a lot of work, and patience, but it’s a lot of fun, too. This charming picture book explores the anticipation, excitement, and pride a young girl experiences as she helps to welcome a new baby to the family.

AFRO-BETS Kids: I’m Going to Be!
by Wade Hudson
illustrated by Nancy Devard
$8.95, ages 4-8
ISBN: 978-1-933491-49-3

 Do you know what you’re going to be when you grow up? The AFRO-BETS Kids have lots of ideas! There are so many exciting careers: astronaut, publisher, fashion designer, educator, surgeon, movie director and more. And there are many Black leaders in those fields, including Mae Jemison, John Johnson, Tracey Reese, Mary McLeod Bethune, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams and Ava DuVernay. Learn about these great achievers, their careers, and more as the AFRO-BETS Kids explore what they’ll be when they grow up.

Great Women in the Struggle (revised edition)
$12.95, ages 8 -12
illustrated with photos

Learn about the inspiring lives and contributions of 86 historical and contemporary Black women in this updated edition, which includes a new entry on Michelle Obama.

Also coming this fall: We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices! - an anthology co-edited by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson (Crown, Sept. 4, 2018) with original work from more than 50 diverse authors and artists, including Kwame Alexander, Sharon Draper, Andrea Pippins, Jason Reynolds, Rita Williams-Garcia and Jacqueline Woodson.