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Jerry Pinkney

Author, Illustrator

(1939 - )

Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney (born December 22, 1939) is an American illustrator of children’s books. He won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing The Lion & the Mouse, a version of Aesop’s fable that he also wrote. He also has five Caldecott Honors. He has five Coretta Scott King Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards (most recently in 2006 for Little Red Hen), four Gold and four Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award (John Henry, 1994). In 2000 he was given the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University and in 2004 the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children’s literature.

For his contribution as a children’s illustrator, Pinkney was U.S. nominee in 1998 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for creators of children’s books.[



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The Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales (1964)

A collection of traditional African tales about the trickster spider.

Author(s): Joyce Cooper Arkhurst
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Aesop’s Fables (2000)

Sixty famous and familiar fables.

Author(s): Aesop
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Ain’t Nobody a Stranger to Me (2007)

A former slave tells his granddaughter how he took the Underground Railway to freedom.

Author(s): Ann Grifalconi
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream (2000)

What if the children decided to do whatever they wanted? And the animals all joined in?

Author(s): Julius Lester
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll (2007)

A Depression-era Christmas teaches its eternal lessons.

Author(s): Patricia C. McKissack
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Apples on a Stick (1981)

A collection of playground rhymes used by African-American children in Houston, Texas in the 1980’s.

Author(s): Barbara Michels
Bettye White
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Back Home (1992)

Ernestine returns to Lumberton, North Carolina to visit her relatives.

Author(s): Gloria Jean Pinkney
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Black Cowboy Wild Horses (1998)

Bob Lemmons rides his horse Warrior to round up the wild mustangs.

Author(s): Julius Lester
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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A Book of Sizes and Shapes (1966)

A shape book for young children.

Author(s): Ken Sobol
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Childtimes: A Three Generation Memoir (1979)

Three generations of women describe their time growing up, from the turn of the twentieth century to the Great Depression.

Author(s): Eloise Greenfield
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Christmas Boot (2016)

When shoeless Hannah finds a nice warm boot in the forest, she doesn’t know how lucky she is.

Author(s): Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Clock Museum (1967)

A history of timekeeping.

Author(s): Ken Sobol
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Cora Annett’s Homerhenry (1969)

A tailor and a shoemaker dress up as a horse out of work.

Author(s): Cora Annett
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Count on Your Fingers African Style (1980)

Finger signs are used to negotiate prices in an east African marketplace.

Author(s): Claudia Zaslavski
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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David’s Songs (1992)

A selection of Psalms reflecting David’s life and faith.

Author(s): The Bible
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Drylongso (1992)

During a drought on the Great Plains, Drylongso is blown to Lindy’s family’s farm.

Author(s): Virginia Hamilton
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Education of Henry Adams (1979)

The author was displeased with his classical Harvard education and spent the rest of his life studying to overcome it.

Author(s): Henry Brooks Adams
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep (1967)

Rhyming verse explains that everything has to sleep sometime.

Author(s): Harold J. Saleh
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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Femi and Old Grandaddie (1972)

This folk tale from Sierra Leone tells of a young boy who gives his last bit of food to an old river man, and receives something more valuable in return.

Author(s): Adjai Robinson
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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The Flowering of New England 1815-1865 (1979)

A literary history of New England in the nineteenth century.

Author(s): Van Wyck Brooks
Illustrator(s): Jerry Pinkney

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