Author, artist and teacher Ashley Bryan, a leading figure in children’s literature for over 40 years, will share his wisdom at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 4, at the Asheboro Public Library.
Bryan’s appearance is free and people of all ages are invited. It’s sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
The program will include a display of Bryan’s artwork, and a sing-a-long of spirituals that Bryan illustrated for his recent books Walk Together Children and I’m Going to Sing, to be led by Philip Shore and other local performers.
The 89-year-old Bryan was the first African American man both to write and illustrate a children’s book, and has earned numerous honors including the Arbuthnot Award for lifetime achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award and several Coretta Scott King awards and honors.
His work draws on African American traditions and folklore, blending the rhythms of the oral tradition in his writing with a wide range of media in his art.
He studied at Cooper Union and Columbia University, and taught art at Dartmouth College. He lives on Little Cranberry Island off the coast of Maine.
The library is located at 201 Worth Street in Asheboro.