Jerry Pinkney

Philadelphia born and raised, Jerry Pinkney is one of the most beloved artists in children’s literature, illustrating more than 100 books that have delighted children—and adults—for generations. This year, as the American Library Association honors Mr. Pinkney with the Laura Ingalls Wilder and Coretta Scott King medals, a momentous and unprecedented dual recognition, Philadelphia and Mayor Jim Kenney will honor him by proclaiming July 19, 2016, Jerry Pinkney Day.

Jerry Pinkney


Jerry Pinkney books - the 2010s to Present by FLPChildren

The 2010s - 2020s were a stellar period for Jerry Pinkney. In 2016, Jerry was awarded the Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement and the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award. The Coretta Scott King - Virginia Hamilton Award is presented in even years to an African American author, illustrator or author/illustrator for a body of his or her published books for children and/or young adults, and who has made a significant and lasting literary contribution. The Laura Ingalls Wilder award honors an author or illustrator whose books, published in the United States, have made, over a period of years, a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.

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Jerry Pinkney books - the 2000s by FLPChildren

The 2000s ended with a bang for Jerry Pinkney—and a medal! In 2009, Jerry Published "The Lion and the Mouse", a wordless retelling of Aesop's fable. The book won the Randolph Caldecott medal the following year. The Caldecott is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children.

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Jerry Pinkney books - the 1990s (23 items)

The 1990s were a prolific decade for Pinkney. During this decade, Jerry retold classic fairy tales, folktales and tall tales. He introduced us to figures from America's past.

Jerry Pinkney books - the 1980s (12 items)

The 1980s were a productive decade for Jerry Pinkney. He created the artwork to classics books like "Mirandy and Brother Wind", that are still read today.

Jerry Pinkney books - the 1970s (9 items)

In the 1970s, Jerry Pinkney continued to experiment with his artistic style. By the late '70s, Jerry's art began to show hints of his signature watercolor style.

Jerry Pinkney books - the 1960s (5 items)

Ever wonder where Jerry Pinkney got his start? It was in the swingin' '60s! Follow the links to find out more about Jerry's early works.

Blog Posts

Remembering Jerry Pinkney

We were very saddened to hear about Jerry Pinkney’s sudden passing yesterday at the age of 81. He was a Philadelphian by birth and spoke at the Free Library numerous times to share his beautiful books and art. So much so that…

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Jerry Pinkney Day

Jerry Pinkney is a rock star. His fans tend to be of the toddler-variety, but he has legions of older die-hard devotees of his work as well—mostly parents, nannies, and a lot of librarians. This week, a new fan is…

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