Ashley Bryan


Ashley Bryan has received honorary degrees and recognition by Universities throughout the country.

honoary awards
  • Lifetime Achievement and Awards of Distinction:
  • Dartmouth College Social Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2016
  • National Association of Black Storytellers, Certificate of Honorary Lifetime Membership, 2014
  • Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, 2012
  • Catholic Library Association, Regina Medal, 2011
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Award for Lifetime Achievement (ALSC), 2009
  • New York City Public Library Lion (with Salman Rushdie, Edward Albee and Nora Ephron), 2008
  • Society of Illustrators, Lifetime Contributions Award, 2007
  • Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Annual Artist Award, 2007
  • Hans Christian Anderson (Biennial International) Award for Lifetime Work as a Children’s Illustrator (U.S. nominee), 2006
  • Boston Public Library Literary Lights Award, 2005
  • University of Southern Mississippi Fay B. Kaigler Silver Medallion Lifetime Achievement Award, 1994
  • May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award, 1990
  • Hebrew Union College Biblical & Archaeological School, Israel, Fellowship, around 1975
  • Fulbright Scholarship, 1957, 1958
  • Skowhegan School of Art Scholarship, 1946
  • Named for Ashley
  • Ashley Bryan School on Islesford, 2011
  • Ashley Bryan Library at the Kiboya Primary School in Laikipia District, Nyeri, Kenya, 2007
  • Ashley Bryan Children’s Literature Illustrator Award at the Auburn Avenue Research Library, Atlanta, 2011
  • Atlanta Literary Festival, 2005
  • Ashley Bryan Art Series established at the Research Library and Cultural Center of Broward County Library, Foret Lauderdale, Florida, 2002
  • Children’s Room at the Mott Haven Library, Bronx New York named in 2001
  • First in series of 10 libraries in Laikipia District, Nyeri, Kenya, funded by Children’s Literature for Children, 2000
  • Honorary Degrees
  • Maine College of Art (Hon. MA), 2015
  • University of Southern Maine (Hon. PhD), 2013
  • Bank Street College, NY (Hon. PhD), 2009
  • Oakland University, Rochester, MI (Hon. PhD) 2003
  • University of Maine, Orono (Hon. PhD), 2000
  • University of San Francisco, CA (Hon. PhD), 1999
  • Vermont College, University of Norwich (Hon. MA), 1999
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee (Hon. PhD), 1998
  • College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, ME (Hon. MA),1996
  • Framingham State College, ME (Hon. PhD), 1995
  • Massachusetts College of Art (Hon. PhD) 1989
  • Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH 1982

Ashley Bryan is honored to be recipient of numerous awards for his books and illustrations.

book awards
  • Awards for individual works of literature
  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Golden Kite Award for nonfiction: Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song, 2010
  • Maine Lupine Award: Sing to the Sun, 1992
  • Lee Bennet Hopkins Award for Poetry (Penn State U—first year): Sing to the Sun, 1993
  • Coretta Scott King Awards for Illustration:
  • Let it Shine, 2008
  • Beautiful Blackbird, 2004
  • Beat the Story Drum, Pum-Pum, 1981
  • Coretta Scott King Honors:
  • For Illustration:
    • All Night, All Day: A Child's First Book of African American Spirituals, 1992
    • Ashley Bryan's ABC of African American Poetry, 1998
    • What a Morning! The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals, 1988
    • I'm Going to Sing: Black American Spirituals, 1983
  • For both writing and illustration: Lion and the Ostrich Chicks and Other African Folk Tales, 1987
  • This is not an exhaustive list of book awards. For a more comprehensive list or for information, please contact the Ashley Bryan Center at
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