Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group


Bryan Collier

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)


Coretta Scott King Medal for Illustrators


Discover the vibrant world of Harlem, New York, as seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there.

"Uptown . . .
Harlem, New York.
Chicken and waffles.

Uptown is a rich mix of flavors, colors, sounds, and cultures that come together to create a vibrant community like no other in the world. Seen through the eyes of one little boy who lives there, the details of life in Harlem are as joyous as a game of basketball on a summer's afternoon and as personal as a trip to the barbershop where old-timers reminisce.

Bryan Collier's spare, poetic text and beautiful, intricate illustrations evoke every aspect of Harlem, from the legendary Apollo Theater to chocolate-colored brownstones, weekend shopping on 125th Street, and the music of Duke Ellington.

Uptown is the winner of the 2001 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award.

Parenting Magazine, Reading Magic, Parenting Magazine Reading Magic Award, Coretta Scott King Medal for Illustrators, IRA Notable Books for a Global Society, Ezra Jack Keats New Illustrator Award


Praise for Uptown

“Collier's evocative watercolor-and-collage illustrations create a unique sense of mood and place. Bold color choices for text as well as background pages complement engagingly detailed pictures of city life.” —School Library Journal

“...both text and art capture a child's sense of perspective and imagination.” —Publishers Weekly

Reviews from Goodreads

About the author

Bryan Collier

Bryan Collier began painting at the age of fifteen and earned a B.F.A. with honors from the Pratt Institute in New York. Mr. Collier lives in Harlem, where he directs mural programs throughout the city for any child who wants to paint. This is the first picture book he has both written and illustrated.

Bryan Collier

From the Publisher

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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