Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s program will include storytelling, singing and crafts for kids age 5 and older.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist’s program offers storytelling, singing and crafts for children.

BRUNSWICK – Children’s book illustrator and author Jan Spivey Gilchrist will be the featured guest at Bowdoin College’s annual “Children’s Celebration of Martin Luther King’s Birthday” from 10 to 11:30 a.m., Monday, Jan. 19, at the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library on campus.

Gilchrist will present a program of illustrated storytelling, singing and crafts for children ages 5 and up and their parents in remembrance of Dr. King and the civil rights movement.

Jan Spivey Gilchrist has illustrated more than 50 children’s books and won numerous awards, including the 1990 Coretta Scott King Award (for “Nathaniel Talking” written by Eloise Greenfield) and the 1992 Coretta Scott King Honor Book Award (for “Night on Neighborhood Street,” also written by Greenfield).

Other works include “Indigo and Moonlight Gold” and “Madelia,” which she both wrote and illustrated, and “For the Love of the Game: Michael Jordan and Me,” written by Greenfield.

Gilchrist was inducted into the International Hall of Fame for Writers of African Descent in 2000 and the Society of Illustrators in 2001.

Following her program, Gilchrist will be available to sign copies of her books. Refreshments will be served. For more information, call 725-3280.

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