Ashley Bryan -Infinite Hope

picturebooking 127  |  author-illustrators episode  |  hosted by Nick Patton  |  Oct. 2, 2019


Renowned artist, storyteller and writer Ashley Bryan introduces his new book: INFINITE HOPE: A BLACK ARTIST’S JOURNEY FROM WORLD WAR II TO PEACE. 

Ashley Bryan is the first African-American creator ever to both write and illustrate a book for children. He’s a Newberry Medal honoree and has received countless Coretta Scott King awards and honors.

INFINITE HOPE is an autobiography filled with sketches and letters of Ashley’s time in the war. His belief in the power of art and the lengths he went to keep making art during the war are inspiring.

Ashley Bryan

author-illustrator, Newbery Honoree
Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award, Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, Coretta Scott King Award winner
Website • Simon & Schuster

Excerpt from Simon & Schuster’s website: Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he has shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was recently named a Newbery Honoree for his picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has also been the recipient of the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award; the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award; has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer; a Coretta Scott King Award winner; and the recipient of countless other awards and recognitions. His books include Freedom Over MeSail AwayBeautiful BlackbirdBeat the Story-Drum, Pum PumLet It ShineAshley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lives in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine.

Featured Book: Infinite Hope

by Ashley Bryan; illustrated by Ashley Bryan
Children’s Middle Grade Book • Simon & Schuster • Published Oct. 15, 2019

Excerpt from Simon & Schuster:Kirkus Reviews Best Middle Grade Book of 2019

From celebrated author and illustrator Ashley Bryan comes a deeply moving picture book memoir about serving in the segregated army during World War II, and how love and the pursuit of art sustained him.

Books Mentioned in Episode 127

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