2 Events With Award-Winning Illustrator Bryan Collier, Mon. Jan. 21 & Tues. Jan. 22!

Brian CollierArtist Bryan Collier will be visiting the Farmington Hills Community Library- Main Branch (32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Farmington Hills, MI 48334) on Monday, January 20 from 10:45am to 11:30am.

He will be discussing the African American Pullman porters who spread culture and literacy through their work as well as signing copies of his books. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Farmington Hills Community Library at (248) 553-0300.

We will also be providing books for Bryan Collier‘s visit to the Southfield Public Library- Meeting Room (26300 Evergreen Road, Southfield, Michigan 48076) on Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the Southfield Library at (248) 796-4200. Books will be available for sale and signing at both events courtesy of Book Beat. Please call to reserve books or visit us soon to preview titles. These are sure to be well-attended and exciting events, please pass it on!  martinsbigwordsBryan Collier has won both the Coretta Scott King Award, as illustrator, and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award for Uptown, the first book he both wrote and illustrated. He has won six King Awards as illustrator and he is a three-time Caldecott Medal runner-up. For his lifetime contribution as a children’s illustrator, Collier is U.S. nominee for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2014. His books include:Uptown (as author and illustrator), Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.written by Doreen Rappaport, Visiting Langston, written by Willie Perdomo, Lift Every Voice and Sing, written by James Weldon Johnson, and Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave,written by Laban Carrick Hill.

Knock Knock: My Dad's Dream For MeHis latest release is Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me, written by Daniel Beaty. “The text, powerful and spare, is well supported by Collier’s watercolor and collage art…there is a lot going on in the mind of any child who has been denied a parent, for whatever reason. In this book they will find comfort and inspiration.” (The Horn Book)

“By sharing his experience, explained in an afterword, Beaty lends his voice to children struggling with the absence of a parent and the grief that goes with it.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review) “Every morning, I play a game with my father. He goes knock knock on my door and I pretend to be asleep till he gets right next to the bed. And my papa, he tells me, “I love you.”

 But what happens when, one day, that “knock knock” doesn’t come? This powerful and inspiring book shows the love that an absent parent can leave behind, and the strength that children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams.”- publisher description
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