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Jerry Pinkney (1939–2021)

Author of The Lion & the Mouse

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About the Author

Jerry Pinkney was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 22, 1939. He began drawing as a four-year-old child, studied commercial art at the Dobbins Vocational School, and received a full scholarship to the Philadelphia Museum College of Art. After graduating, Pinkney worked in design and show more illustrations, helped found Kaleidoscope Studios, and later opened the Jerry Pinkney Studio. His is a children's book illustrator and has created the art for over one hundred titles including Julius Lester's John Henry, Sam and the Tigers, and The Old African, plus adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen's The Little Match Girl and The Nightingale. He has won numerous awards including six Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and the Hamilton King Award. He also received the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University in 2000, the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion in 2004, the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators in 2006, Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2016, and the Coretta Scott King -Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement in 2016. In addition to holding numerous one-man retrospectives and exhibiting his work in more than one hundred international group shows, Pinkney's art resides in the permanent collections of the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, and the Brandywine River Art Museum. He has taught art at the Pratt Institute, the University of Delaware, and the University of Buffalo. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
Image credit: Illustrator and writer Jerry Pickney at the 2019 Texas Book Festival in Austin, Texas, United States. By Larry D. Moore, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83473856

Works by Jerry Pinkney

Associated Works

Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937) — Illustrator, some editions — 19,279 copies
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (1976) — Cover artist, some editions — 11,906 copies
The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South (1989) — Illustrator — 1,865 copies
The Patchwork Quilt (1985) — Illustrator — 1,707 copies
John Henry (1994) — Illustrator — 1,558 copies
Nightjohn (1996) — Illustrator — 1,300 copies
Goin' Someplace Special (2001) — Illustrator — 1,221 copies
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi (1894) — Illustrator, some editions — 914 copies
Mirandy and Brother Wind (1988) — Illustrator — 889 copies
The Big Book for Peace (1990) — Illustrator — 834 copies
Guys Write for Guys Read (2005) — Illustrator — 774 copies
The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (1964) — Illustrator — 638 copies
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (1996) — Illustrator — 600 copies
The Planet of Junior Brown (1971) — Illustrator, some editions — 503 copies
The Tales of Uncle Remus: The Adventures of Brer Rabbit (1987) — Illustrator — 493 copies
Home Place (1990) — Illustrator — 485 copies
Sam and the Tigers; A New Telling of 'Little Black Sambo' (1996) — Illustrator — 473 copies
Pretend You're a Cat (1990) — Illustrator — 401 copies
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (2008) — Contributor — 353 copies
Drylongso (1992) — Illustrator — 292 copies
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (2006) — Illustrator — 285 copies
A Stranger Came Ashore (1975) — Cover artist, some editions — 282 copies
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (1979) — Illustrator — 270 copies
The Moon Over Star (2008) — Illustrator — 265 copies
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (1998) — Illustrator — 264 copies
Turtle in July (1989) — Illustrator — 221 copies
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (1986) — Illustrator — 200 copies
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (1999) — Illustrator — 185 copies
Back Home (1992) — Illustrator — 173 copies
The Sunday Outing (1994) — Illustrator — 172 copies
The Jungle Book (1995) — Illustrator, some editions — 169 copies
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (2007) — Illustrator — 167 copies
God Bless the Child (2003) — Illustrator — 163 copies
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale (1989) — Illustrator — 139 copies
In for Winter, Out for Spring (1991) — Illustrator — 134 copies
Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet (1999) — Illustrator — 126 copies
The Old African (2005) — Illustrator — 126 copies
In Plain Sight: A Game (2016) — Illustrator — 118 copies
Sweethearts of Rhythm (2009) — Illustrator — 107 copies
A Home in the Barn (2018) — Illustrator, some editions — 98 copies
The First Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (2012) — Illustrator — 86 copies
David's Songs: His Psalms and Their Story (1992) — Illustrator — 79 copies
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (1993) — Illustrator — 68 copies
The Christmas Boot (2006) — Illustrator — 66 copies
Tikvah: Children's Book Creators Reflect on Human Rights (2001) — Contributor — 62 copies
Tonweya and the Eagles (1979) — Illustrator — 47 copies
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven (2005) — Illustrator — 40 copies
More Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales (1972) — Illustrator — 33 copies
A Starlit Snowfall (2011) — Illustrator — 30 copies
The beautiful blue jay, and other tales of India, (1967) — Illustrator — 18 copies
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (1978) — Illustrator — 7 copies
Kostas the Rooster (1968) — Illustrator — 7 copies
Rosie and Mr. William Star (1981) — Illustrator — 5 copies
Reading Rainbow: The Patchwork Quilt [1985 TV episode] (1985) — Illustrator — 3 copies
The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu — Illustrator — 1 copy

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Common Knowledge

Birthdate
1939-12-22
Date of death
2021-10-20
Gender
male
Nationality
USA
Birthplace
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Cause of death
heart attack
Places of residence
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Croton-on-Hudson, New York, USA
Education
Philadelphia Museum College of Art
Occupations
Painter
Children's Book Author
Children's Book Illustrator
Relationships
Pinkney, Gloria Jean (wife)
Pinkney, J. Brian (son)
Pinkney, Myles C. (son)
Pinkney, Andrea Davis (daughter-in-law)
Pinkney, Sandra L. (daughter-in-law)
Awards and honors
University of Southern Mississippi Medallion (2004)
Society of Illustrators Lifetime Achievement Award ( [2006])
Regina Medal (2005)
Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award (2016)
Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal (2016)
Agent
Sheldon Fogelman
Short biography
Jerry Pinkney was an illustrator of children's books and the winner of numerous awards including one Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honors. In 2004 he won the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children’s literature.

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The independent reading level is grade 1st/2nd;
Awards: None
 
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DFountain58 | 15 other reviews | Apr 26, 2024 |
Independent and whole class reading.
Caldecott Medal Winner
 
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cpaiz | 516 other reviews | Apr 25, 2024 |
Independent Reading Level: Grades K-3
Awards: Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, Coretta Scott King Virginia Hamilton Award
 
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anbaum | 90 other reviews | Apr 24, 2024 |
One of my absolute favorite wordless picture books to look through. Absolutely stunning. Jerry Pinkney was so talented.
 
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mrsandersonreads23 | 516 other reviews | Apr 14, 2024 |

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