To request an author visit with Wade and/or Cheryl Hudson, please contact Patrick Oliver at SpeakLoudly: info@speakloudly.com or (501) 952-6169



May 18, 2024, 11 am - 2 pm
Save the date for Just Us Books' 35th anniversary book fair
Pride Academy - East Orange, NJ

October 11,  2023, 6 pm
Just Us Books 35th anniversary reception
hosted by the Children’s Book Council (by invitation)
New York, NY


Past Events 

May 11, 2023
Legends of Independent Black Publishing
IBPA - San Diego
Wade Hudson  and Cheryl Willis Hudson, panelists

March 4, 2023, 8:30 pm (virtual)
Between The Lines Book Club Presentation
East Orange, NJ 
Wade Hudson, featured author

February 27, 2023 (virtual)
Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession
Wade Hudson, Black History Month speaker

February 23, 2023
New Jersey City University
Black History Month program
Wade Hudson, speaker




December 10
The Gordon School
Providence, Rhode Island
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors

October 29
Louisiana Book Festival
Baton, Rouge, LA 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors

October 20-22
Youngstown, OH Book Festival
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors

September 29
2022 Eric Carle Awards Dinner
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, recipients, Eric Carle Award

August 12 & 13 (virtual)
REIYL Conference
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, speakers

July 22,23,24
Summer Institute in Children's Literature
Simmons College, Boston, MA 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson delivering the Sweetser Lecture 

June 24-26
American Library Association Conference
Washington, DC 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors

June 18
Read-Up Book Club
East Orange, NJ 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors

April 21 - 23
Little Rock, AR school visits 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, speakers

March 29
SCI-Africa & Just Books
Kwame Nkrumah Midnight Speech for Independence 
Useni Perkins, Cheryl Hudson & Wade Hudson, featured authors

March 26
Kweli Conference
New York, NY 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, speakers

March 17 (virtual)
Pen American Incarcerated Teens Program
Wade Hudson, speaker

February 26 (virtual)
African American Children's Book Fair
Philadelphia, PA 
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, featured authors 

February 23-22
SCI-Africa & Just Books 
Kwame Nkrumah Midnight Speech for Independence
Useni Perkins, Cheryl Hudson & Wade Hudson, speakers

February 19
Youngstown, OH School District
Wade Hudson and Cheryl Willis Hudson, speakers

February 17 (virtual)
PEN America Youth Incarceration Program 
New York, NY  
Cheryl Willis Hudson, speaker

February 15 (virtual)
Brookland Middle School
Washington, DC
Useni Perkins and Laura Freeman, speakers

February 9 (virtual)
Children Book World Bookstore
Los Angeles, CA 



November 12 (virtual)
Afriware Books
Useni Eugene Perkins, featured author

October 5, 7 pm Eastern/ 6 pm Central (virtual)
EyeSeeMe Bookstore
Useni Eugene Perkins,
author and Laura Freeman, illustrator, discuss their new book Kwame Nkrumah's Midnight Speech for Independence

October 24 (virtual)
BookFest 2021
Useni Eugene Perkins, panelist: Books Out of Africa


May 13, 2021

National Book Festival Young People’s Series
Wade & Cheryl, panelists

April 26-May 7 
National Book Festival Young People’s Series
Cheryl Hudson, Wade Hudson, Renee Watson, Adam Gidwitz, panelists

April 20, 2021, 7 pm Eastern
Papa's Free Day Party launch day book talk with Marilyn Nelson
Hosted by People Get Ready Bookstore
register here

April 13, 2021
Pace University (Distinguished Visiting Professorship)
MS Publishing Program
Wade & Cheryl Hudson, guest lecturers

April 10 - 11
Kweli Children of Color Conference 

Social Justice Panel
Cheryl Willis Hudson, moderator

April 8-10
Womanist Conference 

Cheryl Willis Hudson, speaker

March 31, 12:30 pm Eastern
Highlights Foundation "Amplifying Black Stories"
Panel: A Historical Perspective, and Hope-filled Future of Black Stories and Storytellers Amplifying Black Stories
Wade & Cheryl Hudson, panelists


Green Acres School author visit (private event)
North Bethesda, MD
Dec. 11
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, featured authors

Booklist webinar
Nov. 12, 2 pm
Cheryl Hudson, featured author

The Talk - a conversation with DC Public Library in partnership with Politics & Prose
Nov. 11, 4 pm Eastern
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, featured authors 

Race and Empowerment in America
virtual series

Nov. 10, 7 pm Eastern
Cranford Public Library
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, speakers


Black Books Matter panel
LA Book Festival
October 25
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, featured authors
Register: https://www.thebookfest.com/   


The People's Podcast hosted by A Different Booklist 
October 16
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, guests

Lifting Voices: Charting Your Own Course in Literature
Sponsored by Mackin Educational Resources
October 14, 2020

Wade Hudson, Cheryl Hudson, Renee Watson, Adam Gidwitz - panelists
Replay: https://vimeo.com/468545335/869e013ca5 

Pace University
October 14, 2020
Wade and Cheryl Hudson - Distinguished Visiting Professorship

Ebony-TV "The State of Black Book Publishing"
October 8
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, panelists

Indies Unite: Back to School Anti-Racist Panel
October 3, 4pm
Featuring: Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Sharon Draper, Valerie Bolling, Andrea Loney, and Cicely Lewis
Replay: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0mkmOXRa_IU

Reginald Lewis Museum
September 28
Wade and Cheryl Hudson - featured authors

Dalton School (private event)
September 16, 9 am
Wade and Cheryl Hudson -- author visit, The Talk

Readers Unite book discussion
August 20, 2020 - 5:30 pm Eastern
Cheryl Willis Hudson
, featured author

Highlights Foundation "Getting to Know Your Character Workshop"
July - August 2020
Katura Hudson, guest editor 


NCTE Leadership and Action Series
August 12, 2020, 8 pm Eastern
Wade Hudson, Cheryl Willis Hudson, Torrey Maldonado and Sharon Dennis Wyeth join NCTE members for an action-focused conversation about The Talk
Open to NCTE members only

Let's Talk - a virtual conversation celebrating the release of The Talk, edited by Wade and Cheryl Hudson
August 11, 2020, 6 pm Eastern
Register: https://bit.ly/TheTalkLaunch



8th Annual African-American Children's Book Fair (virtual)
June 27, 2020, 11 am - 4 pm Eastern
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, featured authors
Hosted by the Reginald Lewis Museum
Schedule: https://lewismuseum.org/book-fair/

"How Diverse Stories Can Open Minds and Change the World"
June 24, 2020, 7 pm
Wade Hudson, moderator
Gaithersburg Book Festival (virtual)
Watch on YouTube

"Black Voices: Pushing for Change in Children's Book Publishing"
June 22, 2020, 1 pm Eastern
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, panelists
Authors Guild

"Say It Loud" Virtual Series
June 18, 2020, 3 pm Eastern
Wade Hudson, speaker
Watch: Say It Loud page on Facebook

"Coming of Age" panel
June 6, 2020
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, panelists
Bronx Book Festival: https://www.thebronxisreading.com/

KidLit Rally for Black Lives
June 4, 2020, 7 pm
Wade and Cheryl Hudson, speakers
Hosted by TheBrownBookshelf.com

Secure the Seat Writers Retreat
May 16, 2020
Katura Hudson - speaker

Kweli The Color of Children's Literature Conference
April 4, 2020
Wade and Cheryl Hudson - panelists
Visit kwelijournal.org to register

Highlights Foundation Diversity Fellowship Workshop
March 13 - 15, 2020
Katura Hudson, panelist

National Museum of African American History and Culture
Book signing for Brave. Black. First. 50+ African American Women Who Changed the World
February 22, 2020, 1 - 3 pm
Cheryl Willis Hudson, author and Erin K. Robinson, illustrator - autographing

We Write for You - A Black Children's Book Panel and Book Signing
Feb. 2, 2020 - 2 pm
Rogers Public Library, Rogers, AR
Wade Hudson - featured author

WomanMakers Initiative Luncheon
January 31, 2020
Cheryl Willis Hudson -
Ford Foundation Center for Social Justice
New York, NY

American Library Association Mid-Winter Conference
Jan. 24-27, 2020
Philadelphia, PA
Just Us Books is an exhibitor (Booth 1464)

National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Inauguration
Jan. 16, 2020 - 10:30 am
Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium 

East Orange Library Book Presentation
Dec. 16, 2019, 1:30 pm
East Orange Public Library, East Orange, NJ
Just Us Books will present a donation of books - given as part of their Children's Book Council Diversity Award - to the East Orange Public Library

Kwanzaa - Pride in Family, Community and Culture
Dec. 10, 2019, 5:30
Pride Academy, East Orange, NJ
Cheryl Willis Hudson - keynote speaker

Induction Coordinator Class Guest Lecture
Dec. 5, 2019, 10:30 and 11:30 classes 
Montclair University Urban Teacher Residency Program - Department of Teaching and Learning
Wade Hudson - presenter

NJ Black Business "Best in Business Awards"
Nov. 30, 2019, 6 pm
The Heldrich Hotel & Conference Center, New Brunswick, NJ
Just Us Books is a 2019 honoree
Tickets: http://www.njblackbusinesses.com/tickets


Children's Book Council Diversity Awards
November 19, 2019 (Panel: 5 pm)
The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center, NYC
Just Us Books is a 2019 honoree
Wade and Cheryl Hudson - panelists


Easton Middle School, Easton, PA

October 25, 2019
Author visit

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October 25, 2019
Author visit


Easton Book Festival
State Theater Ballroom
Easton, PA
October 26, 2019
Panel: Publishing in Color: Telling African American Stories (11 am)
Panel: Children's Book Censorship (4:30 pm)

 news-events-just-us-books-jane-adams-children-s-book-honor-award.jpgJane Addams Children's Book Awards
October 18 2019, 1 pm
777 UN Plaza, NYC
Wade and Cheryl Hudson will be honored along with fellow 2019 awardees
Reception and book signing immediately follow
*Event is free and open to the public

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Brooklyn Book Festival

Langston Hughes House, 20 E. 127 St., Harlem
Sept. 17, 2019, 7 pm
Cheryl Willis Hudson - panels



appearances-just-us-books-get-lit-with-the-ceo-a-conversation-with-wade-hudson.jpgGet Lit with the CEO - a conversation with Wade Hudson
July 20, 2019, 10:30 am Central

Martin Luther King Jr. Public Library - Dallas
Wade Hudson will join via video conference



appearances-just-us-books-empowering-kids-panel-july-14-2019-1-pm-eastern.jpgEmpowering Kids panel
July 14, 2019, 1 pm Eastern
Books of Wonder - 84th Street location, NYC
Cheryl Willis Hudson - panelist


appearances-just-us-books-ala-conference-washington-dc-june-20-25.jpgALA CONFERENCE
Washington, DC
June 20-25


appearances-just-us-books-children-s-defense-fund-clinton-tn-june-6-2019.jpgCHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND
Ella Baker Child Policy Institute
Clinton, TN
June 6, 2019
Wade & Cheryl Hudson - panelists on the Walter Dean Myers Authors' Panel

appearances-just-us-books-book-expo-america-javits-center-new-york-ny-may-30-june-1-2019.jpgBOOK EXPO AMERICA
Javits Center

New York, NY
May 30 – June 1, 2019
appearances-just-us-books-gaithersburg-book-festival-gaithersburg-md-may-18-2019.jpgGAITHERSBURG BOOK FESTIVAL
Gaithersburg, MD
May 18, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Featured authors
appearances-just-us-books-reginald-lewis-7th-annual-children-s-book-fair-baltimore-md-may-11-2019.jpgREGINALD LEWIS 7th ANNUAL CHILDREN’S BOOK FAIR
Baltimore, MD
May 11, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Presentation

appearances-just-us-books-new-york-university-new-york-city-may-4-2019.jpgNEW YORK UNIVERSITY
New York City

May 4, 2019, 9:45 AM
Literature Symposium
"Who's Life Is It Anyway?"
Wade & Cheryl - Keynote address

 appearances-just-us-books-dalton-school-new-york-city-may-4-2019.jpgDALTON SCHOOL
New York City
May 4, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Presentation
 appearances-just-us-books-kweli-conference-new-york-city-april-5-6-2019.jpgKWELI CONFERENCE
New York City
April 5 & 6, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Panel discussion
 news-events-just-us-books-book-web-interview-with-wade-cheryl.jpgFRANKLIN TOWNSHIP LIBRARY
Somerset, NJ

April 2, 6:00 PM
Cheryl - ABCs of Publishing workshop
appearances-just-us-books-north-carolina-reading-association-conference-raleigh-nc-april-1-2019.jpgNORTH CAROLINA READING ASSOCIATION CONFERENCE
Raleigh, NC
April 1, 2019
Panel Discussion spotlighting We Rise, We Resist, We Raise Our Voices
Moderated by Alan Bailey, chair-elect, CSK Committee

appearances-just-us-books-we-rise-conversation-with-teens-i-too-arts-collective-langston-hughes-hous.jpg"We Rise" conversation with teens 
Langston Hughes House (invitation only)

March 28, 2019, 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Wade and Cheryl Hudson - Author visit

 appearances-just-us-books-montclair-book-festival-montclair-nj-march-23-2019.jpgMONTCLAIR BOOK FESTIVAL
Montclair, NJ
March 23, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Presentation
 appearances-just-us-books-giffen-memorial-elementary-school-albany-ny-march-8-2019.jpgGIFFEN MEMORIAL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Albany, NY
March 8, 2019
Wade & Cheryl - Author visit
appearances-just-us-books-storymakers-symposium-brooklyn-public-library-brooklyn-ny-march-2.jpgSTORYMAKERS SYMPOSIUM
Brooklyn Public Library
Brooklyn, NY
March 2, 1-4 pm
Wade & Cheryl - Publishers panel
 apperances-just-us-books-havava-cuba-book-festival-havana-cuba-february-6-14-2019.jpgHAVANA, CUBA BOOK FESTIVAL
Havana, Cuba
February 6-14, 2019
Wade, Cheryl, Katura & Stephan Hudson (Part of the Black Publishers Delegation)