I heard about The Brown Bookshelf from Don Tate's blog: "I am pleased, honored, and proud to announce the launch of The Brown Bookshelf, a group of 5 authors and illustrators, brought together for the collective goal of showcasing the best and brightest voices in African-American Children’s Literature, with a special emphasis on new authors and books that are “flying under the radar.”"
Excellent! Seriously, you don't want to know the number of times people have asked me about blogs that are about African American kidlit. And, yes, The Brown Bookshelf has a blog.
They are also presenting 28 Days Later: "During the first twenty-eight days of Black History Month, we’ll be profiling a different children’s or young adult author here at thebrownbookshelf.com. We’ll have some great giveaways sprinkled throughout the month, and on February 29th, we’ll give out our grand prize–a gift basket featuring every book profiled during the month, donated to the library of your choice!"
We blog readers can make suggestions about who is highlighted: "We’ll be taking nominations from November 1st to December 1st. Just post a comment here at the website, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can nominate as many books as you like. And be sure to leave your email address, as each nominator automatically has the chance to win one of our great giveaways." Go here for more information.
More information can be found at this post (Can You Hear Us, Now?) at Blogging in Black: Blogging Books, Writing, and the Biz
Saving the best for last:
A giveaway! A signed copy of Jerry Pinkney's Little Red Riding Hood. Yes, it was tempting not to share this info with all of you and thus increase my chances of winning.