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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.