MLK Event: Award-winning Author & Illustrator Bryan Collier

Sunday January 19, 2014: 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm -- Pittsfield Branch: Program Room

This event is intended for grades K - 5.

On the day before Martin Luther King Jr. Day, AADL is pleased to host award-winning author and children’s book illustrator Bryan Collier, presenting a program for youth that highlights his acclaimed work. The event will include a book signing and books will be for sale.

Collier's illustrations in his book Martin's Big Words: The Life Of Martin Luther King, Jr. by Doreen Rappaport brings to life the message of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This book shows Collier's talent for mixing art mediums to create stunning illustrations that entrance the reader. "Martin's Big Words" received much acclaim and was awarded the 2002 Caldecott honor as well as the 2002 Coretta Scott King Honor.

Collier also won acclaim for his book Uptown, which was his first foray into both writing and illustrating. "Uptown" is the recipient of various awards, including the 2001 Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration.

Despite the fact that his career is in high gear, Collier completely values his role as the director for the Harlem Horizon Art Studio, an art program based out of the Harlem Hospital and designed especially for teenagers and kids. It is Collier's belief that teaching the appreciation of art can only lead to positive things.