The Working Waterfront

Bryan’s ‘Freedom Over Me’ earns Newberry honor

Staff Writer
Posted 2017-02-15
Last Modified 2017-02-15

Islesford’s Ashley Bryan, the author and artist whose books, illustrations and paintings have reached world-wide audiences, was honored this month for his latest children’s book Freedom Over Me: Eleven Slaves, Their Lives and Dreams Brought to Life.

The book won a Newbery Honor Award, a runner-up to the Newbery Medal. The American Library Association announced the awards at its winter meeting in Atlanta. The prizes recognize excellence in children’s literature.

Freedom Over Me also won two honors medals for the Coretta Scott King Book Award. Bryan, 93, has published more than 50 children’s books.