Spotlight on–Jerry Pinkney

The Lion and the Mouse

This month, as we celebrate famous African-Americans, I thought I’d focus on some of my favorite children’s book authors and illustrators.

Jerry Pinkney certainly deserves the spotlight.  His illustrations have won many, many prestigious awards including the Coretta Scott King Award and the Randolph Caldecott Award. (lots more)

For me, his watercolor illustrations are magical and bring life to the text, lifting it from the pages. 

Reading Rockets has a wonderful video interview with Pinkney that is truly inspirational.  It is an in-depth look at his background and craft.  You MUST take a look at this one.  Jerry Pinkney Video

For more on Jerry Pinkney, click here for the JERRY PINKNEY STUDIO.

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