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Bryan Collier

Biography

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier grew up in Pocomoke, Maryland, on the lower Eastern Shore of the state, the youngest of six children. His interest in art started early. As a teenager he began to paint the world around him - the bay, ducks, water, and marshland. His interest in art was always encouraged both at home and at school. He began to develop a unique style of painting that incorporated both watercolors and collage.
 
While attending school in New York, Bryan began to volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Studio and Harlem Hospital Center with a program that provides working space and materials for self-taught artists in the community. He went on to become the Program Director, a position he held for 12 years. Bryan still works with the program in Harlem as a volunteer, feeling a deep sense of responsibility to be a positive role model for kids.
 
Today Bryan spends his time working on his book illustrations, creating his own studio pieces, and going into classrooms to talk with teachers, librarians, and students about books and art. "I get so much from those school visits. With the books I've been doing, I have this amazing opportunity to bring my art and the process of making artwork and books into the classroom. I ask the students to talk to me and talk to each other about how they feel and what their own experiences are. Basically I ask them to tell their own story. Then I ask them to tell their own story through art."
 
He recently provided illustrations for KNOCK KNOCK: My Dad's Dream for Me which won the 2014 ALA Coretta Scott King Illustrator Book Award.

Bryan Collier

Books by Bryan Collier

Written and illustrated by Mo Willems and Bryan Collier - Children's 4-8, Family, Fiction

This lyrical beginning-reader by multi award-winning artist Bryan Collier turns the closet on its heel and redefines what it means to be a pair. Beautifully rendered art paired with rich, rhyming dialog creates a powerful reading experience.

by Troy Andrews and Bryan Collier - Autobiography, Music, Nonfiction

Along with esteemed illustrator Bryan Collier, Andrews has created a lively picture book autobiography about how he followed his dream of becoming a musician, despite the odds, until he reached international stardom. Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
 

written by Daniel Beaty, illustrated by Bryan Collier - African American Interest, Children's, Fiction, Loss, Personal Growth
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 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.