Monday, January 4, 2021
Thursday, October 1, 2020
Today marks the beginning of Just Us Books’ 32nd year in business!
32 years of centering and celebrating Black people, Black history and Black stories through children’s books.
32 years of advocating for diversity in children’s publishing.
32 years as a Black owned business.
32 years of hard work.
Thank you to our talented family of authors, illustrators, editors, designers, and staff who make our work possible.
Thank you to our readers who remind us every day that our work is needed.
Just Us Books
Good books make a difference
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
It’s BACK TO SCHOOL season! And though school may look different right now, it’s still important to celebrate our young scholars and the importance of learning. Here are a few titles from the Just Us Books list that do just that:
Friday, June 5, 2020
authors and founders of Just Us Books
We lift up the Creator who made us all to be beautiful and safe.
But must witness that beauty and safety, assaulted, century by century, generation by generation, even day by day, by racism, hatred, insensitivity, intolerance and indifference.
We lift up our families, the village and the world community that
must fight to make sure that the inherent beauty in us all can flower and bless us all.
We lift up our children who are our hope and whose beauty gives life to all that is around them. So, we embrace and love the children!
We lift up the sanctity of all life, but especially Black life, Black bodies that have been, over centuries too long, trivialized, brutalized, monetized and destroyed simply because they are Black.
We lift up freedom and justice, for which our ancestors fought, and for which we must continuously pursue, without hesitation, without ceasing, until they are realized.
We lift up this call to action, the commitment needed to do the work to create a world where our beauty as human beings is valued and can spring forth and all of us can feel safe.
This call to action resounds across the ages in “Lift Ev’ry Voice and Sing,” the Black National Anthem.
Lift ev’ry voice and sing, Till earth and Heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, High as the list’ning skies,
let it resound loud as the Rolling sea.
Sing a song, full of the faith that the dark past has taught us;
Sing a song, full of the hope that the present has brought us.
Facing the rising sun, of our new day begun,
Let us march on, [let us protest on, let us fight on,]
till victory is won.
Visit The Brown Bookshelf for additional anti-racist resources for children, families and educators.
Sunday, May 31, 2020
Wednesday, May 20, 2020
We have known Tom since before he and Phillip Lee founded their independent children’s press in 1991. Both Tom and Phil came to visit Just Us Books’ office in East Orange, NJ to share their vision and to get feedback about the industry. Soon after, they hit the ground running, becoming one of the first independent multicultural children’s publishers in the industry.
Over the years, as our two presses grew, and in many ways helped to shake up the children’s industry, we stayed in contact with each other. We encouraged each other and continued to share information about the industry. At conferences, our two companies were often among a handful whose sole purpose was publishing books that recognized our country’s and our world’s diversity, those who were overlooked and or marginalized. Sometimes, we would chat at each other’s booths when we should have been at our own, conducting business.
We will always remember Tom’s positive attitude and his unfailing belief that he and Phil could build Lee & Low Books into a publishing giant. Indeed, they did.
When our anthology We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices launched, Tom sent an email of congratulation and encouraged us to continue our important work. He had retired by then. But he still cared deeply.
Tom Low was one of the pioneers in the push for diversity, inclusion and equity in children’s book publishing. His legacy will live on as the publishing company that he and Phillip Lee founded, Lee & Low Books, continues to discover new voices, tackle new topics, give opportunities to writers and illustrators, and produce so many wonderful books that all of our young people need.
We will remember his laugh, his sense of humor, and friendship and his trailblazing work.
Thank you, Tom! We salute you!
Wade & Cheryl Hudson