Uptown, by Bryan Collier, is a glimpse into the life of a young Harlem boy. Readers experience the sights and sounds of his city and develop a strong sense of his neighborhood.
Here are three things I like about this book:
- Collier’s collage art is a feast for the eyes. There is so much happening on each page – just like in the city.
- Evocative phrases put the reader right down in the city. “Uptown is weekend shopping on 125th Street. The vibe is always jumping as people bounce to their own rhythms.”
- As someone who has never lived in a large city, I enjoy touring Harlem with a guide who shares his love for his community on every page.
Uptown is a great read-aloud choice for ages 4-8.