Jerry Pinkney: 'Get involved - visit your local library.'


“Our Authors, Our Advocates,” ALA Past President Roberta Stevens’ library advocacy initiative, features well-known and passionate authors speaking out about the value of and importance of libraries.
Celebrated author and illustrator, Jerry Pinkney, participated in the project by taping this video public service announcement.

A native of Philadelphia, Jerry 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 and has been the recipient of  a Caldecott  Medal, five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, and  four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. Some of his best-known works include:The  Lion & The Mouse (2009), The Little Red Hen (2006) and Sweethearts of Rhythm: The Story of the Greatest All-Girl Swing Band in the World (2009), written by Marilyn Nelson.

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“A sense of community has always been important to me. I understood very early that I could not grow as an artist or as a person without being connected to institutions and clients that served the community.”

 – Jerry Pinkney

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