Boston Book Festival 2020 Boston Book Festival 2020

Story Time: All Because You Matter

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Tami Charles
All Because You Matter

Tami Charles is a writer of picture books, nonfiction, young adult, and middle grade books, including the lauded Fearless Mary and the Definitely Daphne series. Her debut middle grade novel, Like Vanessa, earned Top 10 spots on the Indies Introduce and Spring Kids' Next lists, three starred reviews, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Her young adult debut, Becoming Beatriz, was also a Junior Library Guild selection, received two starred reviews, and was on Kirkus’s Best Books list for 2019. Charles has two 2020 releases, All Because You Matter (picture book with acclaimed illustrator Bryan Collier) and G.O.A.T. – Serena Williams (middle grade).

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Bryan Collier
All Because You Matter

Bryan Collier is an acclaimed children’s book illustrator and writer based in New York City. He began painting at the age of fifteen and eventually landed a scholarship to attend Pratt Institute. Collier is a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award winner or honoree. His latest illustration project is the picture book All Because You Matter, an emotionally stirring ode to black and brown readers written by Tami Charles.

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Akunna Eneh began her librarian career with the Boston Public Library almost twelve years ago as a teen librarian for the Roxbury Branch. Currently, she is the programs and community outreach librarian for the Roxbury Branch. Eneh has also been a part of an outreach program to teens in juvenile detention centers in the Boston area. She lives in Dorchester, but she considers Nubian Square her home.


In an author’s note to her new picture book All Because You Matter, Tami Charles acknowledges that its inspiration was the knowledge that at some point she’d need to sit her Black son down for The Big Talk, “the one where I tell him that while there are many nice people in the world, not everyone is.” All Because You Matter offers parents with a starting point for a family conversation about the racial climate in this country, a conversation that starts with an affirmation of value and worth rather than one of fear. Caldecott Honor artist Bryan Collier uses bold watercolor and collage illustrations to reinforce Charles’s words of pride in one’s heritage and identity. Charles and Collier will read from their book, offer insights into its creation, and participate in a brief Q&A with the Boston Public Library's Akunna Eneh. Tune in live for your chance to ask questions and interact with the book’s creators!

This session will also be broadcast live on Boston Neighborhood Network Media television stations. Note that this session will not be archived anywhere, so be sure to tune in live!

Ages 4–8