BLB Virtual Event: Tami Charles and Bryan Collier, We Are Here

Sunday, January 15, 2023 - 7:00pm

Join Tami Charles and Bryan Collier in a virtual launch event for their new book: We Are Here!  - moderated by Kwame Alexander

Sunday, January 15th, 7pm


In another groundbreaking picture book from the powerhouse creative team behind the New York Times bestselling All Because You Matter, WE ARE HERE by Tami Charles & Bryan Collier (on sale January 3, 2023; Orchard Books; Ages 4-8) is a stirring, poetic and empowering follow up that celebrates the beauty and excellence in the history of the Black community with soaring language and stunning illustration, assuring Black and brown children of the extraordinary legacy from which they come.

Tami Charles poetic, lyrical text that is part love letter, part anthem, offers an equally inspirational and arresting ode to all of the Black women and men throughout history who have made momentous contributions from the beginning of time. 

Accompanied by illustrations by renowned artist Bryan Collier, a four-time Caldecott Honor recipient and a nine-time Coretta Scott King Award honoree, WE ARE HERE empowers readers with pride, joy, and comfort, reminding them of their roots and strengthening them for the days to come. This is for the picture book audience what The Hate U Give was for YA readers and Ghost Boys for middle grade students.


Tami Charles is the New York Times bestselling author of numerous books for young readers, including the picture book All Because You Matter (illustrated by Bryan Collier) and the novels Muted, Like Vanessa, and Becoming Beatriz. After college, Tami worked as an educator for thirteen years before pursuing her childhood dream of becoming an author. For more information on Tami, visit

Bryan Collier loves to paint. He has successfully channeled his creative energy and love of art into an illustrious career as a children's book illustrator and writer. He has won four Caldecott Honors for Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, Martin's Big Words by Doreen Rappaport, Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews, and Dave the Potter by Laban Carack Hill. His first book, Uptown, won the Coretta Scott King Award and the Ezra Jack Keats Award. He has won five more Coretta Scott King Awards and three Coretta Scott King Honors.


Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, producer, and #1 New York Times Bestselling author of 36 books, including THE DOOR OF NO RETURN, AN AMERICAN STORY, BECOMING MUHAMMAD ALI, co-authored with James Patterson, REBOUND, which was shortlisted for prestigious UK Carnegie Medal, The Caldecott Medal and Newbery Honor-winning picture book, THE UNDEFEATED, illustrated by Kadir Nelson, and his NEWBERY medal-winning middle grade novel, THE CROSSOVER. A regular contributor to NPR's Morning Edition, Kwame is the recipient of numerous awards, including The Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, The Coretta Scott King Author Honor, Three NAACP Image Award Nominations, and the 2017 Inaugural Pat Conroy Legacy Award. In 2018, he opened the Barbara E. Alexander Memorial Library and Health Clinic in Ghana, as a part of LEAP for Ghana, an international literacy program he co-founded. He is the writer and executive producer of THE CROSSOVER TV series on Disney+.


WE ARE HERE is the second of three books in a trilogy from Tami Charles and Bryan Collier that together add up to “All Because You Matter (2020); We Are Here (2023); United Together (2025)” and represent, respectively, “an affirmation; a celebration; a proclamation.”

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We Are Here (An All Because You Matter Book) By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338752045
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - usually ships in 6 - 10 days.
Published: Orchard Books - January 3rd, 2023

An empowering follow-up to New York Times bestselling picture book All Because You Matter that celebrates the rich history of Black and brown men and women throughout history with soaring language and stunning illustration.

Lyrical, affirmational, and bursting with love, We Are Here is a poignant story about Black and brown heritage and community.

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All Because You Matter (An All Because You Matter Book) By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tami Charles, Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781338574852
Availability: Available to Ship from Warehouse - usually ships in 6 - 10 days.
Published: Orchard Books - October 6th, 2020

Instant New York Times bestseller!

A lyrical, heart-lifting love letter to Black and brown children everywhere: reminding them how much they matter, that they have always mattered, and they always will, from powerhouse rising star author Tami Charles and esteemed, award-winning illustrator Bryan Collier.

The #1 Amazon Best Children's Book of

An American Story By Kwame Alexander, Dare Coulter (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Kwame Alexander, Dare Coulter (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780316473125
Availability: Available to Ship from Store - Usually ships in 5 - 7 days.
Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - January 3rd, 2023

#1 New York Times Bestselling and award-winning author of The Undefeated, Kwame Alexander, pens a powerful picture book that tells the story of American slavery through the voice of a teacher struggling to help her students understand its harrowing history.

From the fireside tales in an African village, through the unspeakable passage across t

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