Bringing Diversity to Children’s Books, Ashley Bryan dies at 98

Ashley Bryan, an eclectic artist and children’s book illustrator who introduced young readers to black characters and African folktales, bringing diversity to an often white-dominated genre, died February 4 at her niece Vanessa Robinson’s home in Sugar Land. , Texas, near Houston. She was 98 years old. Another niece, Bari Jackson, also confirmed the death. …