Author/Illustrator - Jerry Pinkney

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Author/Illustrator - Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney was born in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on December 22nd, 1939. As a child, he had great difficulty with dyslexia in elementary school. However, his love of and talent for drawing was useful in elevating his self-esteem and gaining the attention of his teachers and classmates. In junior high school his work was noticed by cartoonist John Liney, who encouraged him to pursue the career of an artist. He graduated from Dobbins Vocational School and Philadelphia Museum College of Art.

FamilyMr. Pinkney lives at, 41 Furnace Rock Rd., P.O. Box 667, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520; with his wife, author Gloria Jean Maultsby-Pinkney. They have four adult children, three boys and one girl.

Books Illustrated and Adapted by Jerry Pinkney•Tayler, Mildred. The Song of the Trees. New York: Dial, 1975. •Lester, Julius. The Tales of Uncle Remus. New York: Dial, 1987. •San Souci, Robert D. The Talking Eggs. New York: Dial, 1989. •Pinkney, Gloria. Back Home. New York: Dial, 1992. •Lester, Julius. John Henry. New York: Dial, 1994. •Lester, Julius. Sam and the Tigers. New York: Dial, 1996. •Lester, Julius. Black Cowboy, Wild Horses. New York: Dial, 1998. •Andersen, Hans Christian. The Little Match Girl. Adapted by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 1999. •Andersen, Hans Christian. The Nightingale. Adapted by Jerry Pinkney. New York: Dial, 2002. •Kipling, Rudyard. Rikki-Tikki-Tavi. Adapted by Jerry Pinkney. Harper Collins, 1997

Jerry Pinkney is known for his watercolor paintings, created with pencil, colored pencils, and watercolor. Mr. Pinkney's artwork is characterized by rich details and shading. His realistic and vibrant illustrations help to extend and enhance the story in each of the children's picture books he has illustrated. In addition to illustrating a great many children's picture books for other authors, he has also written several retellings and adaptations of traditional tales.

Jerry Pinkney1939 -

Awards5 - Caldecott Honors5 - Coretta Scott King Awards4 - NY - Times Best Illustration Awards4 - Gold and 4 - Silver Medals from the Society of Illustrators*Boston Globe-Horn Book Award*Virginia Hamilton Literary Award*University of Southern Mississippi Medallion*United States Nominee in 1998 for the Biennial International Hans Christian Andersen Award

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