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Jerry Pinkney is an award-winning illustrator and creator of children’s books. Since 1964, he has illustrated over 100 titles and his books have been translated into sixteen languages. Pinkney has been inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame and received a Caldecott Medal, five Coretta Scott King Awards, the Hamilton King Award, the Original Arts Lifetime Achievement Award and various medals from the Society of Illustrators, among numerous other honors. He has also received honorary doctorates, held several professorships and served on the National Council of the Arts from 2003 to 2009. Pinkney has had more than 30 one-man exhibitions and his art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine River Art Museum, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the National Museum of Wildlife Art. His books include “The Lion and the Mouse,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” “The All-I’ll-Ever-Want Christmas Doll,” “Ain’t Nobody a Stranger to Me,” “The Old African,” “The Little Red Hen,” “Noah’s Ark,” “Sam and the Tigers,” “Minty: A Story of a Young Harriet Tubman” and “John Henry.” Pinkney’s latest picture book, “In Plain Sight” (Roaring Brook), ties two generations together as Sophie searches for “lost” items for her grandfather.

Previous National Book Festival Appearances

Jerry Pinkney

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