Jerry Pinkney

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  • Name: Jerry Pinkney
  • Born: December 22nd, 1939
  • From: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Occupation: Artist
  • Works: Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman (1996)The Sunday Outing (1994), The Old African (2005)
  • Awards: Boston Globe-Horn Book Award (1995), Boston Globe-Horn Honor Book (1980, 2010), Caldecott Medal (2010), Caldecott Honor Book (1989, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2003), Loretta Scott King Book Award (1986, 1087, 1989, 1997, 2002), Coretta Scott King Honor Award (1981, 1990, 2005, 2009, 2017), Loretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Award (2016), Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (2016), New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children’s Books Award (1989, 1994, 1997, 2006), Orbis Pictus Award (2020), Phoenix Picture Book Award (2016), Society of Illustrators (2006, received four Gold medals, received four Silver medals)

Jerry Pinkney is an American illustrator from Philadelphia, PA. He is best known for his children’s book illustrations on diverse topics such as African American history. From a young age, Pinkney struggled in school due to dyslexia, but excelled in the arts. Pinkney has won numerous awards for his children’s book illustrations.


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