Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing

Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing (June 12, 2024)

Cheryl Willis Hudson is an author, editor, publisher, and respected member of the children’s book community. She is co-founder of Just Us Books, publisher and packager of books that celebrate African American children, as well as co-author of Bright Eyes, Brown SkinWhen I See Spirituals is Cheryl's first book for Holiday House.

Kwame Mbalia is the #1 New York Times best-selling author of the Tristan Strong series and the publisher of Freedom Fire, an imprint of Disney Hyperion devoted to stories about the Black diaspora by Black creators.

Bria Ragin is an Editor at Delacorte Press, where she works on middle grade and young adult fiction, and edits for Joy Revolution, an imprint of Random House Children’s Books co-founded by authors Nicola and David Yoon, focusing on commercial teen romances written by and about people of color.

Britt J. Camacho (she/her) is ABA’s DEIA & Communications Senior Copy Editor, where she reviews content and language standards across the organization for diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. She believes that language is a means of freedom, and that stories help us build the future.

Files & Links
Cheryl Willis Hudson, When I Hear Spirituals (Holiday House)

Danielle DiMartino, Disney Publishing - New York, NY

Britt Camacho, American Booksellers Association - Harrison, NY

Bria Ragin, Penguin Random House
Breakfast Keynote: Spotlight on Black Publishing

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