Thursday, December 18, 2014

Now Available for Christmas and Kwanzaa--Willimena Rules! by Valerie Wilson Wesley

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Christmas and Kwanzaa are right around the corner and Willimena is usually excited about her favorite time of the year. There are fun decorations, yummy food, the seven principles of Kwanzaa and, of course, gifts for both holidays.

But this year, no one feels much like celebrating. Aunt Laura lost her job and Dad and Mom say that big changes are coming for the family--changes that mean Willie may not get that bike she wanted.
Willie thinks she has it bad until she sees how these big changes are affecting her cousin Teddy. He's usually nice, friendly, and greets Willie with a grin. But lately, he's sad, mad, and downright rude.He doesn't seem to want to celebrate the holidays at all, and nothing Willie does to cheer him up is working.

Christmas and Kwanzaa are supposed to be joyful, but this year is turning out to be the worst. Can Willie find a way to bring "happy" back to the holidays?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Happy Birthday, Mari Evans July 16, 2014

We met Mari Evans in person during an African-American Education Infusion conference in Atlanta over 20 years ago but we knew of her work as a part of the Black Arts Movement from years before. The power and passion of Mari Evans' words are remarkable. They are words and images that need to be shared in print with children. Thank you Mari, for celebrating of the lives of Black children through your books, SINGING BLACK, DEAR CORINNE and I'M LATE. We are delighted to have you as a part of the Just Us Books family. Happy Birthday to you!

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Remembering Walter Dean Myers

Just Us Books honors the memory of Walter Dean Myers

If you would like to donate to either of the 2 charities supported by Walter Dean Myers  you will need addresses + emails. Christopher Myers says: For the Children's Defense Fund" please use: Walter Dean Myers Donations. c/o Egmont USA, 443 Park Ave. South, New York, NY 10016.

If you would like to donate to Literacy for Incarcerated Youth  per Christopher Myers please use this email:

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Harvesting the Wealth in Multicultural Book Publishing

Abundantly Rich: Harvesting the Wealth in Multicultural Book Publishing

The Harlem Book Fair presents an important panel discussion about diversity in children's literature, Saturday, July 12, 2014 at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Moderated by Wade Hudson, President & CEO of Just Us Books. "Abundantly Rich: Harvesting the Wealth in Multicultural Book Publishing" will be telecast live on BookTV.

Included on the panel are Vanesse Lloyd-Sgambati, a literary consultant and founder of the very successful African-American Children’s Book Festival, held annually in Philadelphia; Brian Kenney, director of the White Plains Public Library in White Plains, NY.;  Pat Cummings, an award-winning author and illustrator whose career spans decades;  Mutiya Vision, publisher of Vision Works Publishing, an independent book publisher that has made inroads into the educational market;. Hanna Ehrlich,director of marketing for Lee & Low Books, one of the nation’s leading independent publishers of books for young people;  and Veronica Creech,  director of global markets at First Book, a nonprofit organization that connects book publishers and community organizations to provide access to new books for young readers, particularly those in need.