Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction and nonfiction.
Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, four NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, as well as several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations.
Andrea was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, and is among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” cited by Children’s Health Magazine. She is the recipient of the Medgar Evers College Lifetime Achievement Award.
Andrea was selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. This honor recognizes her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of children’s books and their impact.
In addition to her work as an author, Andrea has had an illustrious career as a children’s book publisher and editor. She has acquired and published a robust mix of titles by authors such as Christopher Paul Curtis, Allen Say, Marilyn Nelson, Sharon G. Flake, Lois Lowry and Toni Morrison.
During the course of her career, Andrea has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African-American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company; the hugely popular Cheetah Girls series, and the teen book Serving from the Hip by world-class tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams, an Oprah featured selection.
Andrea is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a former member of the Newhouse School’s Board of Trustees. She lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney:
Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney are a remarkable couple who have made outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature, both as individuals and as an author/artist team. Between them, the husband/wife team have published more than 50 children’s books, a rich treasury of words and images reflecting a wide range of interests for children—experiences that are both specific and universal.
Brian Pinkney’s work as a children’s book illustrator and fine artist is known worldwide. He has illustrated numerous books for children, including two Caldecott Honor Books, The Faithful Friend by Robert D. San Souci and Duke Ellington by Andrea Davis Pinkney; and Alvin Ailey, a Parenting Publication gold medal winner, also authored by Andrea.
Not only is Brian a visual artist, he is also a writer, and has authored several acclaimed picture books based on his own experiences and interests—books such as Cosmo and the Robot, JoJo’s Flying Sidekick, and The Adventures of Sparrowboy, winner of the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. Additionally, Brian’s book Max Found Two Sticks was hailed by The Horn Books one of the classic children’s books of all time. Brian’s books have been translated into several languages, thus reaching a broad and diverse mix of children.
Brian has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration on three occasions and the Coretta Scott King medal once, for In the Time of the Drums by Kim L. Siegelson. He is an NAACP Image Award nominee, the recipient of more than a dozen American Library Association Notable Book citations, and was recently acknowledged by the National Council for Teachers of English for his vast contribution to the field of children’s literature.
As a fine artist, Brian’s painting are exhibited in museums and select gallery showings, and are also part of many distinguished private collections.
Brian and Andrea speak in schools and at educational conferences nationwide about their work as children’s book creators. Each year they inspire more than 10,000 school children and educators with their presentations and workshops.
Brian Pinkney is the grown son of Caldecott medal winning illustrator Jerry Pinkney and acclaimed children’s book author Gloria Jean Pinkney.
For more information about Andrea and Brian, check out this New York Daily News article.
To learn more about Jerry Pinkney, please visit www.jerrypinkneystudio.com.
To learn more about the Pinkney family, check out this USA Today article.