new black parenting book: My Brown Baby


Y’all. Y’ALL! Here. We. Go. My new black parenting book, “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children” is fresh off the press and less than a month from publishing, I’ve gotten a dope review from Booklist, the American Library Association’s magazine of record. Check it:

Many of [the essays]are humorous, some are profound, and more than a few are thought-provokingly political. In the essay “Birthing While Black,” Millner describes the not-so-subtle ways she was treated differently in her “posh” Manhattan hospital; in “Black Boy Swagger, Black Mom Fear,” she discusses the worries that come every time her teenage son leaves the house. Millner is a natural, conversational writer, and these bite-size essays deserve a wide readership.

Listen. LISTEN. How fly is this? I know authors who claim they don’t read reviews or don’t really care about them, but, say, look here, I read them and I care about them and I’m grateful when folk genuinely like my work and get my art. My heart is full.

About “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children”: this bad boy, the very first book on my new imprint Denene Millner Books, is a collection of essays from, yup, you got that, my critically acclaimed, award-winning website, I poured through almost 2,000 posts to find the most important essays that speak to the experiences, joys, fears, sorrows and triumphs of African American motherhood, from pregnancy and child-rearing to the politics of parenting black children.

Yes indeed, my first-ever print collection of, poured into this gem of a black parenting book. Can you stand it?

“My Brown Baby” shines a spotlight on perspectives on family, motherhood, and the issues that moms of color— and mothers of children of color—face as we raise our kids. Full of essays that readers of all backgrounds will totally glom into, my new book acknowledges that there are issues that African American parents must deal with that white parents never have to confront if they’re not raising brown children. I write about these differences with open arms, a lot of love, and the deep belief that though we may come from separate places and have different backgrounds, all parents want the same things for our families, and especially for our children. This is a one-of-a-kind black parenting book for us, by me—like no other on the bookshelves. Get into it!

Pre-order on Amazon today to lock in your pre-order price guarantee before the book publishes March 14, 2017. And do me a solid and ask for your local library to stock it, and your local bookstores, the heartbeat of the industry, to carry it, too. Stay tuned for more updates and sneak peeks at “My Brown Baby” and each of the other Denene Millner Books offerings—love letters for readers who deserve to see the beauty and humanity of Black children in the most remarkable form of entertainment on the planet: books.

Buy “My Brown Baby: On the Joys and Challenges of Raising African American Children” today!

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Denene Millner

Mom. NY Times bestselling author. Pop culture ninja. Unapologetic lover of shoes, bacon and babies. Nice with the verbs. Founder of the top black parenting website, MyBrownBaby.


  1. cleverlychanging

    Congratulations! I can’t wait to share this book with my friends who become mothers.

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