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Picture Book Hour: Tricia Elam Walker & Ekua Holmes

Picture Book Hour: Tricia Elam Walker & Ekua Holmes

Tuesday, November 16, 2021 - 4:00PM ET
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Join Picture Book Hour, in partnership with 826 Boston, for a reading of Dream Street with author Tricia Elam Walker and illustrator Ekua Holmes, followed by an interview with 826 Boston students and Q&A!

About Author Tricia Elam Walker and Illustrator Ekua Holmes & the Book!

Welcome to Dream Street--the best street in the world! It's where love between generations rules, everyone is special, and the warmth of a neighborhood shines. Here is the perfect book for parents to use to introduce children to the importance of community.

Meet kids like Azaria, who loves to jump double-Dutch one leg at a time; Zion, whose dream is to become a librarian; and cousins Ede and Tari, who dream of creating a picture book together one day. Meet grown-ups like Mr. Sidney, a retired mail carrier who greets everyone with the words, "Don't wait to have a great day. Create one!" and Ms. Sarah, whose voice is only a whisper but who has stories between the lines of her face that she'll share when you come close.

Illuminating this vivid cast of characters are vibrant illustrations that make this neighborhood--based on Roxbury, a neighborhood in Boston where Holmes and Walker grew up--truly sing.

Tricia Elam Walker is the author of one previous picture book, Nana Akua Goes to School, which received four starred reviews; and a novel for adults, Breathing Room, under the name "Patricia Elam." She is also a cultural and fashion commentator and blogger who has written for National Public Radio, the Washington Post, Essence magazine, HuffPost, and more. She practiced law for sixteen years prior to teaching writing in Washington, DC, and Boston. Tricia is an assistant professor of Creative Writing at Howard University.

Ekua Holmes is the acclaimed bestselling illustrator of several award-winning picture books, including Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer (Caldecott Honor, NAACP Image Award, Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award, Sibert Honor), Out of Wonder (Coretta Scott King Award, New York Times bestseller) and The Stuff of Stars (Coretta Scott King Award). A painter and collage artist, she graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. Visit her at