Celebrating the Life and Works of Ashley Bryan: 1923-2022


Ashley Frederick Bryan was an American writer and illustrator of children's books. His main focus in children's books was on the African-American experience. Ashley Bryan known as the' Literary Lion"(New York Public Library) received numerous book awards from the American Library Association, Laura Ingle Wilder Medal, and Coretta Scott King Award. The Hans Christian Anderson award which is the highest recognition of a creator for children's books was received in 2006.   Ashley Bryan was a renowned artist.  The Association for Library Services to Children cited his various art form from his books Dancing GrannyBeat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, and Beautiful Blackbird.  The High Museum of Art in Atlanta exhibited his work in 2018 "Painter and Poet" high.org/exhibition/ashley-bryan, opens a new window  In 2008 The Atlanta Fulton Public Library (Auburn Research Library) hosted the Ashley Bryan Children's Literary Festival. 

Please take a look at the video below as Ashley Bryan recites a poem by Langston Hughes titled "My People".


Please take a look at the video below as Ashley Bryan read his book titled "Words to My Life Songs"


Ashley Bryan received over 75 awards for books and illustrations. The list below is some of his award books you can find in the Fulton County Public Library System.

Ashley Bryan Award books


List of award-winning children's books written by Ashley Bryan

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