Ashley Bryan

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Ashley Bryan is a wonderful author and illustrator of children's books. He focuses his writing on African American culture, folktales, and spirituals. He was not published until after he was forty. In 1962 he was the first African American to publish a children's book as an author and illustrator. His books contain Nigerian folktales in Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum, while also introducing African American spirituals in his book All Night, All Day.

I have connected this to history because of Ashley Bryan's focus on the African American experience. One could use this in the classroom by introducing other children's heritage and backgrounds while also reading about other cultures. Cultural diversity should be seen throughout each classroom.

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Ashley Bryan

  1. 1. Poet and Artist
  2. 2. Ashley Bryan From New YorkHis father worked as a printer of greeting cardsHad sixth brothers and sistersHe was not published until he was forty years oldfirst African American to publish a childrens book as an author and illustrator
  3. 3. Themes and Techniques Themes Techniques Painting  African American Poetry  History Music  Spirituals Collage  Folktale  Illustrations Prose  Lyrical element  Alliteration  Onomatopoeia
  4. 4. Published Works 
  5. 5. Fun and Playful  Mr. Bryan creates poems and books that flow. Some books can be sung in the classroom. Lyrical elements to most writing
  6. 6. Writing Piece  This story is a collection of Nigerian folktales. The book explains the reasons why different animals do not get along. Stories contain morals for children.
  7. 7. Books by Topic: History  This book is filled with many African American spirituals. Songs include: "This Little Light of Mine," "O When the Saints Go Marching In," and "Hes Got the Whole World in His Hands."
  8. 8. Implementing into the classroom  Sing the African American folk tales in class to improve cultural diversity. Read one of his books about African American culture and have children write about the culture that he or she came from. Celebrate African American culture

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