Ashley Bryan

Awards

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

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

book awards
  • Infinite Hope
  • A Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019
  • Amazon Book of the Month
  • Horn Book Fanfare List
  • Kirkus Best Book of 2019
  • Amazon Best Book of the Year
  • Shelf Awareness Best Book of 2019
  • BCCB Blue Ribbon Book
  • Coretta Scott King Honor Book
  • Bank Street’s 2020 Flora Stieglitz Straus Award for Best Non-Fiction Book
  • Freedom Over Me
  • ALA Newbery Honor Book
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Boston Globe/Horn Book Award
  • Lupine Award (ME)
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • NCTE Notable Poetry List
  • Center for the Study of Multicultural Children's Literature Best Multicultural Books List
  • Arnold Adoff Poetry Award
  • New York Public Library Best Books for Kids
  • Kirkus Prize Finalist
  • NCTE Notable Verse Novel List
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
  • Ashley Bryan’s Puppets
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Ashley Bryan: Words to My Life’s Song
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Maine Student Book Award Master List
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award Winner
  • The Golden Kite Award for Picture Book Illustration
  • Norman A. Sugarman Children's Biography Honor Award
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year - with Outstanding Merit
  • TX Triple Crown Lamplighter Nominee
  • Cleveland Public Library Celebrate With Books Selection
  • Let It Shine
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Chicago Public Library's Best of the Best
  • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
  • ILA Notable Books for a Global Society
  • All Night, All Day
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • Beautiful Blackbird
  • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
  • Texas 2x2 Reading List
  • Ashley Bryan’s ABC of African American Poetry
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Social Studies Trade Book
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • I Am Loved
  • NCTE Notable Children's Books in the Language Arts
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Wisconsin State Reading Association's Reading List
  • NCTE Notable Verse Novel List
  • Sail Away
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Kansas State Reading Circle List Intermediate Title
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year - with Outstanding Merit
  • NCTE Notable Poetry List
  • Can’t Scare Me!
  • NYPL 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year Selection Title
  • Irma S Black Semifinalist (Bank Street)
  • Who Built the Stable
  • Kirkus Best Children's Book
  • Beat the Story-Drum, Pum-Pum
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • Coretta Scott King Award (ALA)
  • The Cat’s Purr
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • ILA Teachers' Choices
  • Notable Children's Trade Book Language (AR)
  • CBC/NCSS Notable Children's Book in Social Studies
  • All Things Bright and Beautiful
  • CCBC Choices (Cooperative Children's Book Council)
  • Parents' Choice Award Silver Medal
  • What a Morning!: The Christmas Story in Black Spirituals
  • ALA Notable Children's Books
  • Booklist Editors' Choice
  • ALA Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
  • This is not an exhaustive list of book awards. For a more comprehensive list or for information, please contact the Ashley Bryan Center at info@ashleybryancenter.org.
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