WARRENTON, Va., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Educational Book and Media Association (EBMA) today announced that Ashley Bryan is the recipient of the 2016 Jeremiah Ludington Award. The award, named after EBMA's founder, is presented annually to an individual who has made a significant contribution to the educational book business. Past winners include David Wiesner, Brian Selznick, Russell Friedman, Jon Scieszka, Kevin Henkes, Sharon Draper, and Pam Muñoz Ryan.
A beloved author and illustrator, Ashley Bryan has written and/or illustrated over fifty works for children, including Beautiful Blackbird, Let It Shine, and Freedom Over Me. He has received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, the Lee Bennet Hopkins Award for Poetry, and the Coretta Scott King Award. He has been a May Hill Arbuthnot lecturer, a nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and the recipient of both the Coretta Scott King—Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award and the Dartmouth College Social Justice Award for Lifetime Achievement.