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.