Biography for Beautiful Blackbird


Simon and Schuster
Ashley Bryan has been writing and illustrating children's books for thirty years, as well as making puppets, creating stained-glass panels out of sea glass, and gardening. Over the years he has lectured widely and appeared at schools and colleges across the country. He won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration for Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, and Lion and the Ostrich Chicks: And Other African Folk Tales and Ashley Bryan's ABC of African-American Poetry were Coretta Scott King Honor Books. He lives on Cranberry Island in Islesford, Maine.

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