EAST ORANGE, NJ -- Just Us Books is ending 2019 with a special gift to its founders' local library. On December 16, the independent children’s book publisher donated a collection of children's and young adult books valued at $4000 to the East Orange Public Library, based in Wade and Cheryl Hudson's hometown of East Orange, NJ.
The donation includes books from Just Us Books’ publishing list, and from generous donations by publishing collaborator Crown Books for Young Readers, and the Children’s Book Council. CBC selected Just Us Books as one of its 2019 Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award winners — an honor given to children’s publishing professionals who have helped bring greater diversity to children’s literature. With the award came a donation of more than $1000 worth of books to an organization of awardees’ choice. Just Us Books selected the East Orange Public Library to receive its award donation.
“Just Us Books has a long history with the East Orange Public Library,” said Wade Hudson, Just Us Books CEO. “We’ve hosted many book signings and author events at the East Orange Public Library over the years and we’re happy to continue bringing quality, diverse books to our community with this donation.”
Wade and Cheryl Hudson were joined by East Orange Mayor Ted Green; Jimmy Smalls, President of Library Board; Carolyn Ryan Reed, Library Director; and Lisa O'Shaughnessy, children's librarian, for book presentation, which took place at the library.
Celebrating more than 30 years in business, Just Us Books remains one of the nation’s few Black-owned publishing companies. Its titles, which include the popular AFRO-BETSseries, Book of Black Heroes from A to Z, The Secret Olivia Told Me, and We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices (published in partnership with Crown) are available at justusbooks.com.