The New Brownies’ Book: A Love Letter to Black Families

  • Kieron Lewis

The New Brownies’ Book reimagines the very first publication created for African American children in 1920 as a must-have anthology for a new generation. Expanding on the mission of the original periodical to inspire the hearts and minds of Black children across the country, esteemed scholar Karida L. Brown and award-winning artist Charly Palmer have gathered the work of more than fifty contemporary Black artists and writers. The result is a publication bursting with essays, poems, photographs, paintings, and short stories reflecting on the joy and depth of the Black experience—an immersive treasure trove that reminds readers of all ages that Black is brilliant, beautiful, and bold.

My role within this project was to design the entire publication, from cover to interior. I started off by creating a number of design concepts of routes we could explore for both the cover and interior. In keeping with the essence of the publication, I was keen for all the beautiful artwork featured, to be the core element within the design.  The 208 paged hardback publication has a 3-piece case wrap featured. Alongside a slight embossed finish for the cover title. You can order a copy of the publication from WHSmiths (UK) and Hudson Booksellers (US). Featured on The New York TimesBlack Enterprise, WCVB News Center 5 and CNN
“Kieron is a master of his craft. He designed the latest book for me and my co-author.” “He demonstrated a keen eye for all elements of design, from the artistic layout and font curation to the more elusive and emotion provoking dimensions of design. He is super professional, meets deadlines ahead of time, and really listens to his client's wants and needs. As a result, our book is absolutely gorgeous, first class in its presentation, and primed to reach the top of the NYT Bestseller list.”

- Dr. Karida L. Brown, Author
“This is a must-have for Black youth to experience art, photographs, and stories that will entertain the entire family.”
- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Former professional basketball player