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Bookmaking Workshop with R. Gregory Christie

Thursday, July 12 - 10:30am - 11:30am
Location: Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library
Audience: Kids & Families

 In conjunction with the Illustration Institute, The Sam L. Cohen Children’s Library is delighted to present R. Gregory Christie, in a lively bookmaking program with materials often found for free! This workshop is for children ages 5-12.  As space is limited, please register by calling 871-1700 ext. 707 or emailing It is part of our summer reading program, I ♥ Reading in Portland: All Aboard!

R. Gregory Christie is an Atlanta-based commercial artist and illustrator with over 20 years of experience and over 50 books to his credit. He currently works as a freelance illustrator and owns GAS-ART Gifts (Gregarious Art Statements), an autographed children’s bookstore, gallery, and open art studio located in Decatur, Georgia. Mr. Christie also enjoys book binding, and teaching young people about art and literacy.

Mr. Christie recently received a Caldecott Honor for his illustration work in Freedom in Congo Square, written by Carole Boston Weatherford and published in 2016 by Little Bee Books. He is a three-time recipient of the New York Times 10 Best Illustrated Children’s Books of the Year Award, a five-time recipient of the Coretta Scott King Honor Award in Illustration, and a winner of the Boston Globe’s Horn Book Award, the NAACP’s Image Award and the Once Upon a World Children’s Book Award from the Museum of Tolerance. He received a 2013 Ashley Bryan Illustrated Africana Children’s Literature Award and a 10 Books All Young Georgians Should Read Award in both 2014 and 2015.

Co-founded by illustrators Scott Nash and Nancy Gibson-Nash, the Illustration Institute’s mission is to raise appreciation and awareness of illustration in its many forms. The Illustration Institute seeks to provide people of all ages the opportunity to learn directly from master artists and working professionals through exhibitions and workshops provided at public libraries, museums, schools, and other community venues.