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Bryan Collier 1967-

Bryan Collier uses watercolor and collage to create his masterful illustrations. A graduate of Pratt Institute, Collier pursued a career in children’s illustration after feeling like the current children’s book market had no connection to him or his children. He decided to change that. While at Pratt, he was a volunteer at the Harlem Horizon Art Studio located within the Harlem Hospital Center. He later became the Program Director, a position he held for twelve years. Collier has received numerous awards for his writing and illustrations, including four Caldecott Honors, and nine Coretta Scott King Awards (three honors and six winners). Early in his career, Collier also received the Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award, and he has often spoken about his love of The Snowy Day.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope published before Obama won the Democratic nomination for President, was the first picture book about the future President.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, written by Nikki Grimes, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Hey Black Child, written by Useni Eugene Perkins, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Lift Your Light a Little Higher, written by Heather Henson, illustrated Bryan Collier

Fifty Cents and a Dream, written by Jabari Asim, illustrated by Bryan Collier

Portraits of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

from Martin’s Big Words, written by Doreen Rappaport, and My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, written by Claire Rudolf Murphy, both illustrated by Bryan Collier

Thurgood, written by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Bryan Collier

City Shapes, written by Diana Murray, illustrated by Bryan Collier

America the Beautiful, written by Katharine Lee Bates, illustration by Bryan Collier

Non-illustration Work

Limited Edition Giclees

 

See more of Bryan’s work here.