EASTON — Children’s book author and illustrator Bryan Collier is scheduled to give the keynote address at this year’s Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival, hosted by the Talbot County Free Library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on June 12.
Collier’s work won numerous prizes includes four Caldecott Honors and six Coretta Scott King Illustrator Awards. Books authored and/or illustrated by Collier include “We Shall Overcome”; “Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington”; “All Because You Matter”; “By and By: Charles Albert Tindley, the Father of Gospel Music”; “Hey Black Child”; “5 O’Clock Band”; “Thurgood”; “The Watcher”; “Clemente!”; “Rosa”; “Dave the Potter”; “Martin’s Big Words: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.”; “I Too Am America”; and “Uptown.”
Collier is a great storyteller and the story he tells of growing up in Pocomoke City — a child who took inspiration from his grandmother’s quilts and went on to graduate with honors from the illustrious Pratt Institute — is one that encourages all young people to find and follow their dreams.
The Chesapeake Children’s Book Festival will take place at the Easton branch of the Talbot County Free Library. This year’s is an outdoor, in-person event, first-come, first-served, with a limited number of attendees. The event will also be live-streamed as part of the virtual component of the festival. Collier will speak twice, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.