Pictured: Cedric Jones, Actor , Collette "CoCo" Harmon, Spoken Word Artist, Brittanie Brooks, Miss Black Illinois USA 2016, Janice Harrington, Author
Photo Credit: Christopher Fuller
2016 Featured Book
Meet one smart chicken chaser. She can catch any chicken on her grandmother's farm except one – the elusive Miss Hen. In a hilarious battle of wits, the spirited narrator regales readers with her campaign to catch Miss Hen. The Chicken-Chasing Queen of Lamar County is a 2008 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
2016 Champaign Urbana African American Read-In
Saturday, February 13, 2016 | 1:00 pm
Barnes & Noble Booksellers | Champaign, IL
Join us as we make literacy a significant part of Black History Month. Community leaders, educators, authors, poets, and students from Champaign and Urbana schools will share poetry and book excerpts that have been written by African American authors!
Janice Harrington, Author of The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar Country
Join us for this high energy and engaging program and be sure to follow our facebook event page for program updates.
Janice Harrington, Author
Janice N. Harrington, Author of The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County writes poetry and children’s books. She grew up in Alabama and Nebraska, and both those settings, especially rural Alabama, figure largely in her writing. Her children’s books, The Chicken Chasing Queen of Lamar County (2007) and Going North (2004) have won many awards and citations, including a listing among TIME Magazine’s top 10 children’s books of 2007 and the Ezra Jack Keats Award from the New York Public Library in 2005.
Cedric Jones, Actor
Cedric Jones is the President of the Student Government Association at Parkland College and has been featured during Poetry Out Loud Competitions.
Collette "CoCo" Harmon,
Spoken Word Artist
CoCo is a well known spoken word artist in Champaign Urbana. She is known for her informative, educational, and engaging words of wisdom through spoken word.