Author: Bryan Collier

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Book:Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave

Laban Carrick Hill, Bryan Collier

To us
it is just dirt,
the ground we walk on…
But to Dave
it was clay,
the plain and basic stuff
upon which he formed a life
as a slave nearly 200 years ago.…[more]
Book:Rosa

Rosa

Nikki Giovanni, Bryan Collier

She had not sought this moment but she was ready for it. When the policeman bent down to ask “Auntie, are you going to move?” all the strength of all the people through all those many years joined in her. She said, “No.”

An inspiring account of an event that shaped American history

Fifty years after her refusal to give up her seat on a Montgomery, Alabama, city bus, Mrs. Rosa Parks is still one of the most important figures in the American civil rights movement. This picture- book tribute to Mrs. Parks is a celebration of her courageous action and the events that followed.

Award-winning poet, writer, and activist Nikki Giovanni’s evocative text combines with Bryan Collier’s striking cut-paper images to retell the story of this historic event from a wholly unique and original perspective.

Book:Martin's Big Words

Martin's Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Doreen Rappaport, Bryan Collier

In this elegant pictorial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., author Doreen Rappaport combines her spare, lyrical text with King’s own words for an effective, age-appropriate portrayal of one of the world’s greatest civil rights leaders. From King’s youth, when he looked up to his preacher father and vowed one day to “get big words, too,” to his death at a garbage workers’ strike (“On his second day there, he was shot. He died.”), Rappaport imbues the story with reverence.

Acclaimed artist Bryan Collier depicts his subject with stunning watercolor and …

Book:I, Too, Am America

I, Too, Am America

Langston Hughes, Bryan Collier

The poetic wisdom of Langston Hughes merges with visionary illustrations from Bryan Collier in this inspirational picture book that carries the promise of equality.

I, too, sing America.
I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,…[more]
Book:Uptown

Uptown

Bryan Collier

"Uptown . . . Harlem, New York. Chicken and waffles. Jazz. Home."

Uptown is a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer's afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce.

Bryan Collier's spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington.

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