written by Nicholas Solis

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There is a new girl at school with a very interesting hobby. She collects color: bits of paper, leaves, wrappers. They all go into her backpack. But what does she do with it all? The Color Collector is a story of friendship, where even the forgotten bits have a purpose.


Two kids from opposite sides of the border visit each other’s towns. They discover amazing foods, fun celebrations, and awesome games! But as they explore, they begin to realize they aren’t very different from each other after all. Then why does a wall divide them?

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Nicholas Solis is an author-illustrator and an award-winning elementary teacher with a Master of Arts degree in Curriculum and Instruction, as well as in Educational Administration. In 2018, he was the recipient of the Walter Dean Myers Grant from We Need Diverse Books and is currently a writing fellow at The Writing Barn in Austin. He has taught students all over the globe—from Tanzania to Texas—and there’s one thing he’s learned from his world travels: kids are kids everywhere you go. His debut picture book, THE STARING CONTEST, comes out fall of 2020 with Peter Pauper Press.


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