Indigo Arts Alliance, a Portland-based organization committed to cultivating the artistic development of artists of African descent, has launched Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival, an online event created to honor children’s author and illustrator Ashley Bryan.

The Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival offers book read-alouds, creator interviews, dance instruction, art projects and more by video through August 31. Indigo Arts is delivering books and activities directly to the homes of 750 children served by Portland Housing Authority and Portland Parks & Recreation to ensure book access and engagement during the summer.

The festival’s featured picture books and creators include Ashley Bryan, the author and illustrator of “Beautiful Blackbird”; Daniel Minter, illustrator of “Going Down Home with Daddy”; Francie Latour. author of “Auntie Luce’s Talking Paintings”; Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome, creators of “Overground Railroad”; Kelly Starling Lyons, author of “Sing a Song”; Munir D. Mohammed, illustrator of “Wherever I Go”; and Samara Cole Doyon, author of “Magnificent Homespun Brown.” Also featured is Omar Mohamed, co-creator of the graphic novel “When Stars Are Scattered.” The books represent both modern and historical African American experiences, as well as the experiences of recent immigrants from Ethiopia, Somalia and Haiti.

To see the books, the authors and illustrators, and the videos, visit