Amplify Black Stories: Apply to Attend

Apply to Attend The Brown Bookshelf Presents: Amplify Black Stories

A Year of Connection for Black Storytellers & Bridge-Building for
Children’s Book Publishing Professionals to Amplify Black Stories

In partnership with the Highlights Foundation, the Brown Bookshelf presents this year-long program set to amplify Black stories, with a focus on supporting Black storytellers while confronting industry challenges and fostering change. There will be two cohorts/tracks in the program: one for Black creators and one for publishing professionals.
You can find full details about the program here.

The Black Creator cohort will include debut, midlist, and vanguard Black authors and illustrators across all children’s literature genres and formats, at no cost to the storyteller. Interested Black storytellers can apply below to the program. The application deadline is 3/15 and applicants will be notified by 4/1.


Program Sponsors

Partner Level Sponsors

Benchmark Education     Bloomsbury     Highlights

Strengthen Level Sponsors

Stimola Literary Studio     Charlesbridge Publishing     Workman
Newmark Learning     Reycraft Books     Andrea Brown Literary

Support Level Sponsors

Boyds Mills and Kane     Children's Book Council     Lerner     Just Us Books     Renee Watson     Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency

The Highlights Foundation positively impacts children by amplifying the voices of storytellers who inform, educate, and inspire children to become their best selves.