Hudson Children’s Book Festival Illustrators Spotlight

Authors may write the story, but with picture books the illustrators help set the scene and the tone of the story, develop characters and settings, show actions and reactions, and help bring the story to life! Here are three of the many children’s book illustrators that will be present at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd:

BryanCollierBryan Collier is the author and illustrator of the Coretta Scott King Award-winning book Uptown. He received Caldecott Honors for the books Martin’s Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, which was also a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor book; Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, which received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award; and, most recently, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carrick Hill. Mr. Collier lives in New York. Learn more about Bryan Collier at

Books illustrated by Bryan Collier in the Hudson Area Library collection: Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope by Nikki Grimes, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave by Laban Carrick Hill, Fifty Cents and a Dream: Young Booker T. Washington by Jabari Asim, Freedom River by Doreen Rappaport, I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes, John’s Secret Dreams: the Life of John Lennon by Doreen Rappaport, Knock Knock: My Dad’s Dream for Me by Daniel Beaty, and Rosa by Nikki Giovanni. To place a hold on one or more of these items click here.

BarbaraLehmanBarbara Lehman makes children’s picture books that have….no text! Just pictures. That means children [and adults!] can come up with their own story lines from the images. Her illustrations have been included in exhibitions at The Art Institute of Chicago as well as at the Central Children’s Room of the New York Public Library. She has shared her work with children at the Whitney Museum of American Art and at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. The Red Book was awarded a Caldecott Honor, as well as being an ALA Notable Book and a Junior Library Guild Selection. Her latest book, The Secret Box, was named a Kirkus Best Book of the Year and was included in the Original Art Show at the Society of Illustrators in NYC. She lived and worked in Columbia County for 15 years, and now is based in Albany NY. Learn more about Barbara Lehman at

Books illustrated by Barbara Lehman in the Hudson Area Library collection: Abracadabra to Zigzag: An Alphabet Book by Nancy Lecourt, Museum Trip, Rainstorm, The Red Book, The Secret Box, and Trainstop. To place a hold on one or more of these items click here.

HudsonTalbottHudson Talbott is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. He went to school in Rome for fine art, came back to NYC, and now lives in Greene County. He has been a full time author/illustrator since 1986. Learn more about Hudson Talbott at

Amazon Diary by Hudson Talbott and Mark Greenberg, Excalibur, Forging Freedom: a True Heroism During the Holocaust, It’s All About Me-ow: a Young Cat’s Guide to the Good Life, King Arthur and the Round Table, King Arthur: the Sword in the Stone, O’Sullivan Stew: a Tale Cooked up in Ireland, River of Dreams: the Story of the Hudson River, Safari Journal: the Adventures in Africa of Carey Monroe, Show Way by Jacqueline Woodson, United Tweets of America, and We’re Back: a Dinosaur’s Story. To place a hold on one or more of these items click here.

To see the full list of authors and illustrators attending this year’s Hudson Children’s Book Festival, visit the festival website at All illustrator bios listed above were borrowed from the Hudson Children’s Book Festival site.

Meet Bryan, Barbara, and Hudson at the Hudson Children’s Book Festival on Saturday, May 3rd at the Hudson Junior and Senior High Schools at 235 Harry Howard Avenue. We hope to see you there!