GOOD BOOKS MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Welcome to the Just Us Books online store/online site. Here you will find great information about children's book publishing, and about our publishing efforts. You will also find engaging and self-affirming books for children and young adults that reflect our nation's diversity. Our diverse selection include concept books, picture books, chapter books, biographies and books for young adults.
Many of the books featured in this store were published by Just Us Books, one of the leading independent publishers of books for children and young adults. Founded in 1988 by Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, the company has been in the forefront of the movement to make our body of literature for children and young adults truly representative of the various ethnic groups, races and cultures that make up our country and our world.
Just Us Books' primary focus has been to publish books for children and young adults that celebrate Black history, Black culture and Black experiences. Just Us Books’ titles have won awards and honors; many have become staples in classrooms, libraries and are favorites in the homes of parents who know that good books make a difference in the lives of their children.
In 2008, the Hudsons, along with their daughter Katura, and son, Stephan, established Marimba Books, an imprint with a multicultural focus. Another imprint, Sankofa Books, launched in 2004, has published a number of important books written by African-American authors that were no longer available in the market. Titles from all three of these companies can be found in the Just Us Books store.
Please review the Just Us Books store offerings. We are sure you will find titles that will help you enrich your collections, whether you are a young reader, an educator, a librarian or a parent looking for quality books for young people.
COMING THIS FALL
A HEARTY WELCOME TO RITA WILLIAMS-GARCIA
We are excited to add Rita Williams-Garcia to our list of outstanding creators of books for children and young adults. Rita joins outstanding writers such as Sharon Draper, Nikki Grimes, Kelly Starling Lyons, Valerie Wilson Wesley, Camille Yarbrough, Tony Medina, Eleanora E. Tate, Omar Tyree, Denise Patrick, James Haskins and illustrators, George Ford, Floyd Cooper, Nancy Devard, Don Tate, Eric Velazquez, R. Gregory Christie, Brenda Joysmith, Laura Freeman, many others who have been published by Just Us Books and Marimba Books.
Bottle Cap Boys Dancing on Royal Street, a picture Books, written by Rita and illustrated by Damian Ward, will be released in October, 2015. A promotional and marketing campaign will support the release of the book.
Bottle Cap Dancing on Royal Street spotlights the New Orleans transition of bottle cap dancing, which features b lack youngsters, with bottle caps grinded and stamped into the sole of their sneakers, dancing to entertain tourists to earn money.
Rita Williams-Garcia is a multiple award-winning author of outstanding YA novels such as Like Sisters on the Homefront, P.S. Be Eleven, One Crazy Summer and her recent Gone Crazy in Alabama. Rita is not only an outstanding writer, but she is also a dear friend. Welcome home, Rita!