Just Us Books

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Occupation Children's Book Publishing
Location East Orange, New Jersey
Introduction Raising their two children in Northern NJ, parents Wade and Cheryl 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 founded their own publishing company: Just Us Books, and the company's success quickly proved doubters wrong. This year Just Us Books will celebrate its 20th anniversary. In addition to their roles as publishers, both Wade and Cheryl have cultivated dual careers as children's book authors. Wade's books include Jamal's Busy Day and Powerful Words. Cheryl's titles include Bright Eyes, Brown Skin and Hands Can. The Hudsons are also partners, with their children Katura and Stephan, in Hudson Publishing LLC, which recently founded Marimba Books, a new multicultural children's book imprint, with Kensington Publishing.