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A native of Philadelphia, Jerry Pinkney studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating more than 100 titles and has been the recipient of a Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honor medals, five Coretta Scott King awards and has four Coretta Scott King Honor awards. His books have been translated into 11 languages and published in 14 countries. In 2003 he received an honorary doctor of fine arts from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Pinkney was a U.S. nominee for the 1997 Hans Christian Andersen Illustration Medal. He has been awarded four gold medals, four silver medals, the Hamilton King Award, four New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators. In addition to his work in children's books, Pinkney has had more than 30 one-man retrospectives. His current book is "Three Little Kittens" (Dial). He lives in New York state.
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