Jerry Pinkney (born December 22, 1939) has been illustrating children’s books since 1964. He has illustrated over one hundred titles and is 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 has 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 Corretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for lifetime achievement. Mr. Pinkney is the first illustrator to be honored with a full-scale retrospective at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.