An author of several novels and short stories, Johnson’s The Parker Inheritance, was named a 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Honor Book. He is a member of The Brown Bookshelf. Varian is caught reading The Season of Styx Malone by Kekla Magoon.
The Brown Bookshelf is designed to push awareness of the myriad Black voices writing for young readers. A leader in the children’s book diversity movement, they were the 2019 winners of the CBC Diversity Outstanding Achievement Award, a partner of the Children’s Book Council on book lists and program sponsorships, and, now, an Every Child a Reader and Get Caught Reading partner. You can read more about the members of The Brown Bookshelf here.