Are you planning on going to NYC soon? Are you there already? Bryan Collier‘s Uptown takes you there like a local tour guide. I can’t wait to sample chicken and waffles or Harlem’s jazz. Iconic brownstones become a chocolate collage. The Apollo Theater stretches up into the sky and the Metro-North train is a caterpillar. Strong, vivid illustrations and text like a song make this a must-read.

Try making a story like Uptown about the place your students live. Each student can do one page in the style of Bryan Collier, illustrating it with collage and watercolour and writing a sentence or two about their neighbourhoods. Bind the pages and display the book.



About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at wendybooydegraaff.com or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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