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National Book Festival

Children’s book writer and illustrator Bryan Collier has been using his unique style of watercolors and photo collage since he was a teenager. His first book, “Uptown,” which he wrote and illustrated, won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration and the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award. Written by Daniel Beaty and illustrated by Bryan Collier, “Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me” (Little, Brown) displays the love that an absent parent can leave behind even when separated by death, abandonment, incarceration or other variables in life. This groundbreaking picture book inspires young readers, especially those in single-parent households, as it shows the strength children find in themselves as they grow up and follow their dreams. Collier’s textured watercolors and collage illustrations of the urban setting, paired with the text, breathe life into the storyline to portray a memorable tale of love, loss and hope. Collier won the 2014 Coretta Scott King Book Award for Illustration in “Knock, Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me.”

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Bryan Collier