Colorful is beautiful

The first book by Ashley Bryan that I can remember picking up is Sing to the Sun: Poems and Pictures (HarperCollins, 1992). I was immediately attracted to the bold, colorful artwork. The positive images with their playfulness — and lots of yellow — stay with me to this day.

In this Original Author Program movie we created recently, Ashley Bryan speaks to the role of color:

Color is always an important part of anyone’s life.  That’s what the sun means, opening up the glow of the world in different color.

I love how Ashley’s books do exactly that for me: open up the color in my life; help me feel the sun again; allow me to glow in the warmth of creativity and art.

Ashley’s ability to combine a love for African American people and culture with his colorful artwork makes me want to soak up his books every chance I get.

What’s your favorite aspect of the Ashley Bryan Original Author Program? What’s your favorite Ashley Bryan book?

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2 Responses to Colorful is beautiful

  1. CarinBringelson April 1, 2009 at 9:50 am #

    For a list of Ashley Bryan’s books, see:

    http://www.teachingbooks.net/biblio.cgi?aid=373

  2. Danika Morphew-Tarbuck April 2, 2009 at 12:21 pm #

    One of Ashley Bryan’s newest books, entitled Words to my Life’s Song (Simon & Schuster, 2009) also has a sun motif on the cover and speaks directly to Ashley’s love of color.

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