Generations: Jerry Pinkney, Brian Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney (1939-2021) had been illustrating children’s books since 1964. He produced over one hundred titles and was the first solo African-American to win the prestigious Caldecott Medal for picture book illustration. He also has five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Awards, and a Boston Globe–Horn Book Award.

Pinkney was also a United States nominee for the 1997 Hans Christian Andersen Illustration Medal. The Society of Illustrators in New York  presented him with four gold medals, four silver medals, the Hamilton King Award, and in 2006 their Original Arts Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2011 he was elected into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame. In 2016 he won the Laura Ingalls Wilder Medal for a substantial and lasting contribution to children’s literature as well as the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Pinkney was the first illustrator to be honored with a full-scale retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

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Brian Pinkney

Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of many highly-praised picture books including Ella Fitzgerald , Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride, and Duke Ellington, all written by his wife Andrea Davis-Pinkney. Brian is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master’s degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. Brian is featured in the documentary Library of the Early Mind, which also profiles his parents, Jerry and Gloria Jean Pinkney.

Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.

See more of Brian’s work here.