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Author photo. 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, <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83473856" rel="nofollow" target="_top">https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=83473856</a>

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

Jerry Pinkney (1939–2021)

Author of The Lion & the Mouse

Includes the names: Jerry Pinkney, JERRY PINCKNEY, Jerry Pinckney, By (author) Jerry Pinkney

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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 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)
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The Lion & the Mouse 2,749 copies, 492 reviews
Noah’s Ark 515 copies, 33 reviews
The Tortoise and the Hare 504 copies, 86 reviews
Rikki-Tikki-Tavi 480 copies, 11 reviews
Aesop's Fables 385 copies, 19 reviews
The Little Red Hen 371 copies, 39 reviews
Three Little Kittens 330 copies, 8 reviews
Little Red Riding Hood 303 copies, 62 reviews
The Grasshopper & the Ants 177 copies, 22 reviews
The Little Match Girl (Adapted & Illustrated by Jerry Pinkney) (Adapter & Illustrator) 161 copies, 16 reviews
The Three Billy Goats Gruff 148 copies, 14 reviews
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star 120 copies, 12 reviews
Puss in Boots 90 copies, 4 reviews
The Nightingale (Illustrator) 79 copies, 6 reviews
Their Eyes Were Watching God (Illustrator, some editions) 16,971 copies, 316 reviews
Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry (Cover artist, some editions) 10,104 copies, 373 reviews
The Ugly Duckling (Caldecott Honor Book) (Illustrator, some editions) 1,787 copies, 274 reviews
The Talking Eggs (Illustrator) 1,509 copies, 91 reviews
The Patchwork Quilt (Illustrator) 1,368 copies, 55 reviews
John Henry (Illustrator) 1,236 copies, 91 reviews
Nightjohn (Illustrator) 1,091 copies, 94 reviews
Goin' Someplace Special (Illustrator) 1,038 copies, 77 reviews
Mirandy and Brother Wind (Illustrator) 739 copies, 34 reviews
The Big Book for Peace (Illustrator) 726 copies, 14 reviews
Guys Write for Guys Read (Illustrator) 710 copies, 13 reviews
The Adventures of Spider: West African Folktales (Illustrator) 493 copies, 4 reviews
Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (Illustrator) 487 copies, 21 reviews
The Planet of Junior Brown (Illustrator, some editions) 437 copies, 4 reviews
Home Place (Illustrator) 378 copies, 6 reviews
Pretend You're a Cat (Illustrator) 335 copies, 3 reviews
Our White House: Looking In, Looking Out (Contributor) 303 copies, 7 reviews
Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road? (Illustrator) 266 copies, 14 reviews
A Stranger Came Ashore (Cover artist, some editions) 260 copies, 3 reviews
Drylongso (Illustrator) 242 copies, 2 reviews
The Moon Over Star (Illustrator) 237 copies, 43 reviews
Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir (Illustrator) 201 copies, 1 review
Turtle in July (Illustrator) 172 copies, 1 review
Black Cowboy, Wild Horses (Illustrator) 168 copies, 8 reviews
Half a Moon and One Whole Star (Illustrator) 164 copies, 2 reviews
Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (Illustrator) 156 copies, 2 reviews
The Jungle Book (Illustrator, some editions) 155 copies
The Sunday Outing (Illustrator) 145 copies, 6 reviews
The All-I'll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (Illustrator) 144 copies, 12 reviews
God Bless the Child (Illustrator) 143 copies, 11 reviews
Back Home (Illustrator) 133 copies, 6 reviews
Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion: A Swahili Tale (Illustrator) 120 copies, 6 reviews
The Old African (Illustrator) 113 copies, 5 reviews
In for Winter, Out for Spring (Illustrator) 111 copies, 3 reviews
In Plain Sight: A Game (Illustrator) 107 copies, 13 reviews
Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet (Illustrator) 105 copies, 2 reviews
Sweethearts of Rhythm (Illustrator) 101 copies, 6 reviews
A Home in the Barn (Illustrator, some editions) 68 copies, 2 reviews
A Starlit Somersault Downhill (Illustrator) 52 copies, 1 review
The Christmas Boot (Illustrator) 50 copies, 3 reviews
Tonweya and the Eagles (Illustrator) 41 copies
Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven (Illustrator) 37 copies
More Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales (Illustrator) 29 copies, 1 review
A Starlit Snowfall (Illustrator) 20 copies
Kostas the Rooster (Illustrator) 7 copies
Rosie and Mr. William Star (Illustrator) 4 copies
Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles (Illustrator) 2 copies, 1 review

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Jerry Pinkney is 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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