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Ashley Bryan at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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Who could use a little beauty? The deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA, is running its New England Biennial exhibition through March 26, 2017. The exhibit features sixteen New England-based fine artists — including children’s lit’s own Ashley Bryan. On display in the gallery space are several of Bryan’s picture-book collages, including several […]

Review of Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life

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Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life by Ashley Bryan; illus. by the author Primary, Intermediate, Middle School    Dlouhy/Atheneum    56 pp. 9/16    978-1-4814-5690-6    $17.99 e-book ed.  978-1-4814-5691-3    $10.99 A historical document dated July 5, 1828, lists the property to be sold from the Fairchilds’ estate. Hogs. Cattle. A handmill. Men. […]

Freedom Over Me

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What a thrill to see the finished copy of Ashley Bryan’s Freedom Over Me and to get the opportunity to write about it here. The book is a finalist for the Kirkus Prize and ought to get attention for both the Newbery and the Caldecott. Robin and I have been fortunate over the last few years […]

Ashley Bryan Talks with Roger

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Sponsored by Talks with Roger is a sponsored supplement to our free monthly e-newsletter, Notes from the Horn Book. To receive Notes, sign up here. Ashley Bryan lives in the tiny — pop. 70 — town of Islesford on Little Cranberry Island, a part of Acadia National Park in coastal Maine. It’s an inspiring setting […]

Reviews of select books by Ashley Bryan

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Ashley Bryan’s Puppets: Making Something from Everything by Ashley Bryan; photos by Ken Hannon; photos edited by Rich Entel Primary    Atheneum    80 pp. 7/14    978-1-4424-8728-4   e-book ed. 978-1-4424-8729-1 It’s impossible to come away from this book without renewed respect for Ashley Bryan as a fine artist. In addition to being a storyteller and illustrator, Bryan […]

Profile of 2009 Wilder Award winner Ashley Bryan

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By Caitlyn Dlouhy In a recent interview, Ashley Bryan was asked to name a favorite time in his life. Without a pause, he smiled his dazzling smile and exclaimed, “Right now!” At that particular Right Now, Ashley was sitting on a hard plastic chair in a closet-sized studio, portrait lights surely hurting his eyes. Right […]

2012 Coretta Scott King — Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement Acceptance

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By Ashley Bryan To be honored in the name of Virginia Hamilton, a person and artist I loved, opens personal feelings and the meaning of her lifetime achievement award. Virginia remains an ongoing inspiration in my life. I have recollections of time spent with her when the warmth and light of her personality enriched those […]

Ashley Bryan’s 2009 Wilder Medal Acceptance

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By Ashley Bryan You are my people! I grew up in New York City, in the Bronx. My home was in four- and five-story tenement apartment buildings. We knew everyone in these apartments, and everyone looked after everyone as family. That is what I mean when I say you are my people. It was the […]

On Poetry and Black American Poets

by Ashley Bryan I walk through woods to the shore of an island off the coast of Maine. Poems are in my head and in the notebook I carry. You would think, to see me, that I am walking alone, but I feel that poets are with me. They listen, encourage, and respond to the […]