Lifting Voices: Charting Your Own Course in Literature

 In Lifting Voices, Past, Webinar

Wednesday, October 14th, 1:00pm CST

The Talk engages young people in frank discussions about racism, identity, and self-esteem. Featuring stories and images filled with love, acceptance, truth, peace, and an assurance that there can be hope for a better tomorrow, The Talk is an inspiring anthology and must-have resource published by Random House Children’s Books in partnership with Just Us Books, a Black-owned children’s publishing company that’s been in operation for over thirty years.

A Certificate of Attendance will be issued to those who attend this webinar. A recording will be posted to for those who cannot participate in the live session.


Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson

Authors, Random House Children’s Books

Cheryl Willis Hudson and Wade Hudson are a three time Bestselling Authors. Raising their two children in Northern NJ, parents Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson found it difficult to find quality Black-interest books for children outside of Black History month. The couple decided to fill the void themselves, and went to work developing their own children’s books. But publisher after publisher turned the couple down, some outwardly doubting the viability of the Black children’s book market. So the Hudsons, in 1988, founded their own publishing company: Just Us Books and their signature brand AFRO-BETSR and the company’s success quickly proved doubters wrong.

Renée Watson

Author, Random House Children’s Books

Renée Watson is a New York Times bestselling author, educator, and activist. Her young adult novel, Piecing Me Together (Bloomsbury, 2017) received a Coretta Scott King Award and Newbery Honor. Her children’s picture books and novels for teens have received several awards and international recognition. She has given readings and lectures at many renown places including the United Nations, the Library of Congress, and the U.S. Embassy in Japan. The New York Times calls Renée’s writing, “charming and evocative.” Her poetry and fiction often centers around the experiences of Black girls and women, and explores themes of home, identity, and the intersections of race, class, and gender.

Adam Gidwitz

Author, Random House Children’s Books

Adam Gidwitz is the author of the Newbery Honor winning The Inquisitor’s Tale, the best-seller A Tale Dark And Grimm and its companions, and the new series The Unicorn Rescue Society. He also has a forthcoming podcast from Pinna called Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest. Adam was a teacher for eight years in Brooklyn, NY. Now he writes full time, which means that he spends a few hours a day writing, and spends the rest of the time lying on his couch staring at the ceiling.