Amplify Black Stories: Sponsorship Opportunities

The Brown Bookshelf Presents: Amplify Black Stories

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

The Brown Bookshelf

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.

The publishing cohort will include a diverse and inclusive gathering of executives, editors, marketing, and design staff from publishing houses. Sponsoring publishers and organizations can empower and fund Black creators and enable staff members to participate while supporting this collaboration to dismantle the systems of racism that exist within the children’s publishing industry.

For publishing professionals, the program goals are:

  • Participate in discussions and interact with Black storytellers, educators, booksellers and other influencers who are leading the conversations toward racial equity.
  • Supplement your existing work around Equity and Inclusion.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of how to effectively support and market the work of Black authors and illustrators.
  • Assess current states and examine case studies to see what’s working across the industry–and re-imagine possibilities.
  • Build a deliverable plan to effect real and lasting change in your organization.

Opportunities to Join and Support the Program:

In addition to supporting Black creators and this program collaboration, your sponsorship of this program enables you to enroll staff members who can work to build an action plan for your organization.

Benefits of Sponsorship:

  • A clear demonstration of your commitment to Black creators and their work.
  • Professional development for both Black creators and your staff.
  • Mutual success as Black creators flourish.
  • Your house’s name and logo will be included on materials/promotion related to the program.

Sponsorship Levels
Sustain: $12,500

  • Fund up to four creators for this program
  • Empower and fund up to six staff for this program
  • Provide an additional named scholarship for two unpublished Black Creators to attend another Highlights Foundation program that matches your mission

Fortify: $10,000

  • Fund up to four creators for this program
  • Empower and fund up to six staff for this program

Partner: $5,000

  • Fund up to two creators for this program
  • Empower and fund up to four staff for this program

Strengthen: $2,500

  • Fund one creator for this program
  • Empower and fund two staff for this program


  • Black Creator Track: $1,500
  • Publisher Track: $1,000: Empower and fund one staff for this program

See current sponsors below.

Sign up and pay online here or contact us to receive an invoice at Or mail a check to Highlights Foundation, 814 Court Street, Honesdale PA 18431 and include The Brown Bookshelf Presents in the memo. Thank you for your support.

Program Sponsors

Sustain Level Sponsors

HarperCollins Children's Books

Partner Level Sponsors

Benchmark Education     Bloomsbury     Highlights     Candlewidk Press     Boyds Mills and Kane

Strengthen Level Sponsors

Stimola Literary Studio     Charlesbridge Publishing     Workman
Reycraft Books     Random House Children's Books     Andrea Brown Literary     Penguin Young Readers

Support Level Sponsors

Children's Book Council     Lerner     Just Us Books     Renee Watson     Gallt & Zacker Literary Agency     Hachette     The Authors Guild     Serendipity 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.