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Wade and Cheryl Hudson were parents on a desperate search for children’s books that reflected the diversity of Black history, heritage and experiences. Disappointed by the limited number and their unreliable availability, the couple embarked upon a mission: to produce the kind of positive, vibrant Black-interest books that they wanted for their own two children. Combining their professional experience in marketing and graphic design, Wade and Cheryl developed a number of manuscripts including the AFRO-BETS ABC BOOK, which taught the alphabet using Afrocentric themes and images. They began presenting their ideas to various publishing houses. Although most editors liked the concepts, the Hudsons received rejection after rejection. “There’s no market for Black children’s books,” one editor said.

So in 1987 the Hudsons published the AFRO-BETS ABC BOOK themselves. Thanks to targeted marketing and grassroots outreach, orders poured in from parents, teachers and Black bookstores before the book was even printed. In less than three months, 5,000 copies of the title had been sold.

In 2004, the company launched its first imprint, Sankofa Books, to bring previously out-of-print Black classic books back to the marketplace. Through the new imprint, the publisher welcomed into its family of book creators literary legends such as Camille Yarbrough, Rosa Guy, and James Haskins.

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I Told You I Can Play!
by Brian Jordan
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AFRO-BETS ABC BOOK
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
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Many Colors of Mother Goose
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
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Glo Goes Shopping (Afro-Bets)
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
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Bright Eyes, Brown Skin
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
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Afro-Bets 1-2-3 Book
by Cheryl Willis Hudson
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NEATE to the Rescue!
by Debbie Chocolate
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Ma Dear’s Old Green House
by Denise Lewis Patrick
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Blessing in Disguise
by Eleanora E. Tate
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Just an Overnight Guest
by Eleanora E. Tate
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Path To My African Eyes
by Ermila Moodley
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One Million Men And Me
by Kelly Starling Lyons
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Eddie’s Ordeal (Neate)
by Kelly Starling Lyons
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Afro-Bets: Book of Shapes
by Margery W. Brown
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The Twins Strike Back
by Melodye Benson Rosales
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From a Child’s Heart
by Nikki Grimes
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12 Brown Boys
by Omar Tyree
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Ruby
by Rosa Guy
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When I Was Little
by Toyomi Igus
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Land of the Four Winds
by Veronica Freeman Ellis
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Land of the Four Winds: Kpa Nieh Kpau
by Veronica Freeman Ellis
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Jamal’s Busy Day
by Wade Hudson









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