Thursday, May 2, 2019

AFRO-BETS Kids I'm Going To Be video preview

Some of our favorite young scholars help preview our new book: AFRO-BETS Kids I’m Going To Be by Wade Hudson, illustrated by Nancy Devard (Official release date: May 7, 2019)

Three young students read from AFRO-BETS Kids I'm Going To Be, a new picture book written by Wade Hudson, illustrated by Nancy Devard, published by Just Us Books

Monday, April 8, 2019

I’m a Big Sister Now Wins Ben Franklin Award

I’m a Big Sister Now, by Katura Hudson, illustrated by Sylvia Walker, was named the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Award winner in the children’s picture book (4-7) category. The award was presented by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA) at the 31st Annual Benjamin Franklin Award program, held in Chicago on April 5, 2019.

The IBPA Benjamin Franklin Awards recognize excellence and innovation in independent publishing - judging both editorial and design of each entry. 

I’m a Big Sister Now, and its companion title, I’m a Big Brother Now, were published by Marimba Books, an imprint of Just Us Books. Both books can be purchased at and other book retailers. 

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Just Us Books Visits Havana International Book Fair 2019

Just Us Books had the great honor of participating in the Black Publishers and Writers Delegation visit to Cuba. Books brought us together; We attended the 28th Havana International Bookfair, which kicked off on Feb. 6 in Havana’s San Carlos de la Cabana fortress. But beyond books, our visit to Cuba was about discovering/deepening connections, supporting each other, and strengthening our communities together.

Representatives of Black publishing companies: Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson/Just Us Books; Haki Madhubuti/Third Word Press; Paul Coates/Black Classic Press

Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson, founders of Just Us Books present a selection of children's and YA books to Zuleica Romay Guerra, program director of Casa de las Americas.

Stephan Hudson, Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson and Katura Hudson of Just Us Books. 
(Photo courtesy of Pathfinder Press)

Stephan Hudson and Katura Hudson present a selection of children's and YA books published by 
Just Us Books to the director of the Biblioteca Nacional de Cuba/Jose Marti.

Rosemari Mealy reads an excerpt from her book, Fidel and Malcolm
published in English by Black Classic Press.

(photo courtesy of Museum of Literacy)

Opening Ceremonies of 28th International Havana Bookfair.

Opening Ceremonies of 28th International Havana Bookfair.

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…