Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life
Written & Illustrated by Ashley BryanNewbery Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book
Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book
Ashley Bryan grew up to the sound of his mother singing from morning to night, and he shared the joy of song with children ever since. A beloved illustrator, he was named a Newbery Honoree for this picture book, Freedom Over Me. He has 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 Me; Sail Away; Beautiful Blackbird; Beat the Story-Drum, Pum Pum; Let It Shine; Ashley Bryan’s Book of Puppets; and What a Wonderful World. He lived in Islesford, one of the Cranberry Isles off the coast of Maine. The Beautiful Blackbird Chidren’s Book Festival was founded in Ashley’s honor.