Author/Illustrator Visits

Meeting the authors and illustrators who create their favorite books can be an exciting experience for children and adults alike. Many Just Us Books authors and illustrators are available for school visits, workshops, panels and other special events that help make books come alive.

Wade and Cheryl Hudson Share the Story
With dual roles as publishers and authors, Wade and Cheryl Hudson offer unique perspectives into the world of children’s literature, education, diversity, publishing and entrepreneurship. Their areas of expertise span many areas, including:

• Black book market
• Children’s literature
• Multicultural children’s publishing
• Children’s book writing, marketing, and distribution
• Diversity in education
• Building a business
• Marketing to an under-served or niche market

The Hudsons speak at schools, industry conferences, panels and other events. Recently they were commissioned to create and facilitate workshops for Freedom Schools, operated nation-wide by the Children’s Defense Fund. Their presentation topics have included:

•“Meet the Author” school visit
• Building a Curriculum of Diversity workshop for eductors
• Introducing Multicultural Literature to Young Readers for parents or educators
• The ABCs of Publishing Children’s Books

Author visits and presentations can also be tailored to fit special needs. A few of the organizations for which the Hudsons have presented:

• American Booksellers Association Convention
• American Library Association
• Banneker-Douglass Foundation Black Writer's Conference
• Charlemae Rollins African American Children's Literature Colloquium
• C-SPAN2 BookTalk
• International Reading Association
• Library of Congress, Daniel A. P. Murray Association
• Madison, WI School District
• Smithsonian Institution Resident Association Program

“We really need these types of workshops, especially in our schools.” —Maryland State Teachers Association Conference attendee on the Hudsons’ workshop “Identifying and Introducing Authentic Multicultural Literature to Young Readers”

“Interesting and engaging! Kids asked lots of questions and were impressed by the story of [Wade Hudson’s] life.” —Jennifer Hausler, PTA Volunteer Valley Cottage Elementary, NY on a “Meet the Author” school visit.

If you’d like either or both of the Hudsons to visit your school or special event, please e-mail with the subject line "Author Visit.”

You may also send a written request to:

Katura Hudson
Just Us Books
fax: 973-677-7570