Jerry Pinkney


Author & Illustrator

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Introduction


Jerry Pinkney is an author, illustrator, and artist. Since 1964 he has illustrated over 100 children's books and 14 novels, authored the re-telling of several beloved stories, and received over 100 awards and honors for his work. These awards include a Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards.

Growing up in Philadelphia, Pinkney fought through the difficulties associated with dyslexia and graduated from school with honors and then went on to attend the Philadelphia Museum College of Art on a full scholarship.

He continues to write, illustrate, and paint as he overlooks the scences of nature from his studio in New York.





Best Work


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Pinkney, J. (2009). The Lion & The Mouse. New York: Little Brown.

This first wordless picture book tells the classic story of one of Pinkney's favorite fables that he read while growing up.







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Lester, J. (1994) John Henry. New York: Dial.

The legend of John Henry is Pinkney's favorite book he has ever illustrated becasue he connected with the African-American main character as a child.






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Pinkney, J. (2006). The Little Red Hen. New York: Dial.

In this book, and several others, Jerry Pinkney paints himself into a character in the story. He is Mr. Miller in this story with his art supplies in the background.







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Pinkney, J. (2007). Little Red Riding Hood. New York: Little Brown.

The illustrations draw readers into this classic tale, exciting them all over again.







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Lester, J. (1996). Sam and the Tigers. New York: Dial.

This re-telling of a classic and controversal story is re-invented for a new generation.









Biography


Hedblad, A. (2009). Something About the Author, vol. 198. Detroit: Gale Research.
  • Read and learn about illustrator Jerry Pinkney's personal life, career, writings, works in progress, and adaptations of well-known books. This book also provides additional sources to learn more about Jerry Pinkney.

Holtze, S.H. (1989). Jerry Pinkney. 6th Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators (pp. 225-227). New York: The H.W. Wilson Company.
  • Illustrator Jerry Pickney discusses how he came to become an artist and develop his skills with the support of his family, how he overcame his difficulties in working through school with a learning disability, and what it felt like to illustrate his first book. This book has compiled a list of awards, accomplishments, and honors that illustrator and artist Jerry Pinkney has received up until the year of 1989. Additionally, a list of his books he has either written and/or illustrated up to the same year is provided.

Pinkney, J. (2010). Jerry Pinkney Studio. Retrieved from http://jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html .
  • Jerry Pinkney's website is a wealth of information on the illustrator, both current and past. All of the children's books and novels are listed that he was involved with, the numerous awards he has received, his artwork apart from books, and his personal biography.

Rollock, B. (1992). Jerry Pinkney. Black Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books, 2nd Edition (pp. 152-153). New York: Garland Publishing.
  • This reference book, while listing the awards Jerry Pinkney has received, also lists his art contributions beyond children's literature.



Autobiography


Pinkney, J. (Artist). (2010). A Video Interview with Jerry Pinkney. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/pinkneyj#interview .
  • Jerry Pinkney talks about growing up as a slow reader and the early encouragement he received as a young artist in this multipart video interview.

Pinkney, J. (Artist). (2010). Book Festival Webcast. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/author/Jerry_Pinkney .
  • In this video, illustrator Jerry Pinkney speaks at the 2010 National Book Festival about his process of writing and/or illustrating children's books.

Pinkney, J. (2010). Learning Differences. Retrieved from http://jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html .
  • Pinkney discusses the challenges he faced in school with his dyslexia and how he was able to graduate with honors with the help of his teachers, family, and his own dedication. He explains how his dyslexia helped push him into the field of art.




Professional Information


Bloom, S. (2003). {The Stone Lamp}. The Horn Book, 79(6), 765-6. Retrieved from Education Full Text databaase.
  • A review of The Stone Lamp, written by Karen Hesse and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

Bonnici, J. & Scherban, D. (2007). A Segmentation Analysis of an Illustrator's Quilt. Journal of Children's Literature, 33(2), 58-60. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
  • This article looks at Jerry Pinkney's illustrations for children's books and divides them into three distinct categories: cultural themes, values triumph over evil, and the triumph of the African-American experience over an adverse environment.

Carey, K. (2010). Sure to Be a Classic. Montessori Life, 22(2), 47. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
  • A review of The Lion & The Mouse, written and illustrated by Jerry Pinkney.

Zielinski, S. (2010, January 24). Children's Picturebook Collecting: A Book Collectors Perspective, Jerry Pinkney. Retrieved from http://1stedition.net/blog/2010/01/abcp_jerry_pinkney.html .
  • While this website is aimed more towards book collectors, it also provides information on how illustrator Jerry Pinkney came to be in the place he is now from when he had no noteriety.




Curriculum Connection


(2000). Poverty's Pain. The School Librarian's Workshop, 20(6), 12. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
  • Activities based on The Little Match Girl by Hans Christian Anderson, adapted by Jerry Pinkney. Provides activities relating to the book itself, Jerry Pinkney, Hans Christian Anderson, and famous fairy tales.

Brodie, C. (1998). Jerry Pinkney: Creator of Magic Through Watercolors. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 14, 46-7. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
  • This source provides a list of books illustrated by Jerry Pinkney along with some suggested activities to use in the classroom that are related to his books.

Quirk, A. (n.d.). Educators Guide: The Lion & the Mouse. Retrieved from http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_assets/guides/EG_9780316013567.pdf.
  • This four page resource developed specifically for The Lion & the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney provides curriculum and thematic connections, discussion questions, activities, and a short blurb about the book and the artist.

Reading Rockets. (n.d.) Visual Imagery. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/visual_imagery.
  • The classroom strategy of how to teach visual imagery is provided for teachers. It explains why you use visual imagery, how to use it, along with providing different resources and examples to use. Several book suggestions are given, including Aesop's Fables retold by Jerry Pinkney, to use with this lesson.



Personal Opinion


Jerry Pinkney is an artist that applies his trade in several differnet mediums; on a canvas and in a book. He is a talented man that has grown and evolved since he began drawing under his piano as a child and since his first illustrations were published in 1964. But, the most inspiring knowledge about Jerry Pinkney is that he fights against his dyslexia everyday. When he was growing up there was no diagnosis for his difficulties but he realized that he had to work harder in order to achieve success. He never gave up and found ways to work around it with the help of his teachers and classmates. This fight and determination can be taught to students in today's classroom and applied to their own lives. It is just as relevant today as it was when he was in school.

Additionally, readers can tell that Jerry Pinkney takes pride in his work because it has some meaning to him. He illustrates stories that have had some affect on his own life growing up and have stuck with him. In some of his pictures he incorporates his own self image into the story. So not only is he putting his name on something, but he is putting his own picture in it. This shows students to be proud of everything they try and to always work to the best of their ability.



References


(2000). Poverty's Pain. The School Librarian's Workshop, 20(6), 12. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
Bloom, S. (2003). {The Stone Lamp}. The Horn Book, 79(6), 765-6. Retrieved from Education Full Text databaase.
Bonnici, J. & Scherban, D. (2007). A Segmentation Analysis of an Illustrator's Quilt. Journal of Children's Literature, 33(2), 58-60. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
Brodie, C. (1998). Jerry Pinkney: Creator of Magic Through Watercolors. School Library Media Activities Monthly, 14, 46-7. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
Carey, K. (2010). Sure to Be a Classic. Montessori Life, 22(2), 47. Retrieved from Education Full Text database.
Hedblad, A. (2009). Something About the Author, vol. 198. Detroit: Gale Research.
Holtze, S.H. (1989). Jerry Pinkney. 6th Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators (pp. 225-227). New York: The H.W. Wilson Company.
Lester, J. (1994) John Henry. New York: Dial.
Lester, J. (1996). Sam and the Tigers. New York: Dial.
Pinkney, J. (2006). The Little Red Hen. New York: Dial.
Pinkney, J. (2007). Little Red Riding Hood. New York: Little Brown.
Pinkney, J. (2009). The Lion & The Mouse. New York: Little Brown.
Pinkney, J. (2010). Jerry Pinkney Studio. Retrieved from http://jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html .
Pinkney, J. (2010). Learning Differences. Retrieved from http://jerrypinkneystudio.com/frameset.html .
Pinkney, J. (Artist). (2010). A Video Interview with Jerry Pinkney. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/pinkneyj#interview .
Pinkney, J. (Artist). (2010). Book Festival Webcast. [Web]. Retrieved from http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/author/Jerry_Pinkney .
Quirk, A. (n.d.). Educators Guide: The Lion & the Mouse. Retrieved from http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/_assets/guides/EG_9780316013567.pdf.
Reading Rockets. (n.d.) Visual Imagery. Retrieved from http://www.readingrockets.org/strategies/visual_imagery.
Rollock, B. (1992). Jerry Pinkney. Black Authors and Illustrators of Children's Books, 2nd Edition (pp. 152-153). New York: Garland Publishing.
Zielinski, S. (2010, January 24). Children's Picturebook Collecting: A Book Collectors Perspective, Jerry Pinkney. Retrieved from http://1stedition.net/blog/2010/01/abcp_jerry_pinkney.html .