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Beautiful Blackbird 
Beautiful Blackbird

Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum 
Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum

How God Fix Jonah 
How God Fix Jonah

The Story of Lightning & Thunder 
The Story of Lightning & Thunder

The Night Has Ears 
The Night Has Ears

ABC's of African American Poetry 
ABC's of African American Poetry

Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets 
Salting the Ocean: 100 Poems by Young Poets

Ashley Bryan's African tales, Uh-Huh
 
Ashley Bryan's African tales, Uh-Huh

Aneesa 
Aneesa Lee and the Weaver's Gift
by Nikki Grimes

What a Wonderful World 
What a Wonderful World
by George Davis Weiss: Bob Thiele

 

Ashley Bryan - Illustrator

Ashley Bryan is the illustrator or author of more than 30 books. Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum, won the Coretta Scott King Award, while Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales, Ashley Bryan’s ABC’s of African American Poetry, and What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals, were all selected as Coretta Scott King Honor books. In addition, Bryan’s beautiful illustrations also appeared in The Art of Reading, which celebrated RIF’s 40th anniversary.

Interview

RIF: How were books, reading, and storytelling a part of your childhood?

Ashley Bryan: I grew up in the Great Depression years. The public library was like a second home to me. I loved books and listening to stories. In kindergarten, I began making my own books.

RIF: When did you first learn about African folktales and spirituals?

AB: I heard spirituals at home, on the radio. We learned some spirituals also in elementary school. I read the folktales from many cultures.

RIF: You're known for your dynamic storytelling performances. How do you get kids interested and involved in your read alouds?

AB: I have children take part in my programs by the “call and response” method. I will say a line from a poem and have the audience repeat after me.

RIF: You're a poet, painter, illustrator, storyteller, teacher, and author. With what do you identify most?

AB: I was always drawing and painting and writing stories. Sharing my work with others unified all of the above as aspects of a profession.

RIF: Your emphasize being rooted in who you are. What are your roots?

AB: My roots are African-American, West Indian, and African.

RIF: Where do you like to write and create art?

AB: I work on my books in my studio. I do oil paintings on canvas outdoors, in season.

RIF: What does Black History Month mean to you?

AB: Black History Month reminds everyone of the enormous contributions of black Americans to the life and culture of the Americas and its influence on other cultures of the world.

RIF: You and your siblings created a home library for yourselves as kids. What's your home library like now?

AB: My home library is in every room of the house. It represents my interest in all aspects of the human adventure that is housed in books.

RIF: Did you want to be a writer and illustrator as a child?

AB: As a child, there were many careers I thought I would follow, but I was always interested in drawing and painting.

RIF: To start exploring African folktales, what's a good book of yours to begin with?

AB: Ashley Bryan’s African Tales, Uh-Huh has a number of my retellings of African tales. They are varied and offer a range of themes. It’s a good book with which to start.

 

Learn more about each of these authors and illustrators:
 

 
  Author

Author

 
  Illustrator

Illustrator

 

 
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  illustrator

Allen Say

 
  Author

Arthur Dorros

 
  Illustrator

Ashley Bryan

 
  Author

Barbara Park

 
  Illustrator

Beverly Cleary

 
  illustrator

Bryan Collier

 
  Author

Candace Fleming

 
 

Carmen Rubin

 
  illustrator

Chris Van Allsburg

 
  Author

Cornelia Funke

 
  Author

Dav Pilkey

 
  illustrator

David Kirk

 
  Author

Eoin Colfer

 
  Illustrator

Eric Carle

 
 

Fred Bowen

 
  Author

Gail Carson Levine

 
  Illustrator

Graeme Base

 
  illustrator

Henry Cole

 
  Author

Jack Prelutsky

 
  illustrator

Jerry Pinkney

 
  Author

Jerry Spinelli

 
  Author

Joseph Bruchac

 
  Author

Karen Cushman

 
  Author

Kate DiCamillo

 
  Author

Kathleen Karr

 
 

Laurie Halse Anderson

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket

 
  Author

Lemony Snicket - part 2

 
  illustrator

Lulu Delacre

 
  illustrator

Mark Teague

 
  Author

Mary Pope Osborne

 
  Author

Megan McDonald

 
  Author

Mem Fox

 
  Author

Michelle Y. Green

 
  illustrator

Mo Willems

 
  Author

Nikki Grimes

 
  illustrator

Nina Laden

 
  Author

Pam Muñoz Ryan

 
  Illustrator

Pat Cummings

 
 

R.A. Montgomery

 
  Author

R.L. Stine

 
  Author

R.L. Stine - Part II

 
  illustrator

Rosemary Wells

 
  Author

Sharon Creech

 
  Author

Stan Lee

 
  Illustrator

Tony DiTerlizzi

 
  Author

Wendelin Van Draanen

 
  Author

William Sleator

 
 


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