Celebrate Black History Month with Ashley Bryan’s Work

Ashley Bryan is a remarkable author, artist, and storyteller. His body of work is impressive as can be seen by the numerous awards that have been bestowed upon him. He has won the Coretta Scott King Book Award for his illustrations and six Honor Awards. He delivered the May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture in 1990. Other awards and honors include the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and the Regina Medal.

Ashley Bryan began drawing, painting, and creating books when he was very young. His use of vibrant colors in his work is both eye-catching and enticing. He has continued to create magic in books throughout his lifetime, using poetry, folktales, Negro Spirituals, and African Proverbs.

From Ashley Bryan's ABC of AFRICAN AMERICAN POETRY

He is passionate about books and reading and encourages young readers to spend time with a book to become a reader. He tells children to listen to the book and let the book and art speak to them.

From Ashley Bryan's LET IT SHINE

Ashley Bryan is an intelligent, charismatic speaker, who is an inspiration to children. Here is a man whose work should be celebrated and shared not only during Black History Month, but every month.

Here are just a few of his many books.

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