Ashley Bryan is an author, illustrator, and storyteller with more than 30 books to his credit. His vibrant illustrations highlight African and African-American folktales and spirituals. Mr. Bryan has won the Coretta Scott King Award for illustration twice—for Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum in 1981, and for Beautiful Blackbird in 2004. In 2009, he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for his substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.
You can visit the Library of Congress website to view a webcast of Mr. Bryan’s speech at the 2002 National Book Festival.