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Discussion and Book Signing with Jerry Pinkney

Discussion and Book Signing with Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney. Photo by Thomas Kristich
Jerry Pinkney. Photo by Thomas Kristich

As part of First Sundays for Families, Jerry Pinkney will discuss his creative process and distinguished career as an artist and illustrator.

Noon–1 p.m.
Jerry Pinkney will sign copies of his books, which will be available for purchase in the Museum Shop.

1:30 p.m.
Pinkney will discuss his creative process and distinguished career as an artist and illustrator.


Artist Jerry Pinkney has illustrated over 100 children’s books and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Caldecott Medal, five Caldecott Honors and five new York Times “Best Illustrated Books.” He has received five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. His titles include The Lion and the Mouse, The Little Red Hen, Noah’s Ark, Aesop’s Fables and Little Red Riding Hood.

Pinkney describes his inspiration to begin a project: “I am a storyteller at heart. So each project begins with the question, ‘Is this story worth telling? Is the manuscript an interesting read? Is it surprising and challenging? Will I, in the process of making pictures, learn something new?’”

“I have illustrated over a hundred children’s books. The most favorite is always the work in progress on the drawing board, because my strongest feelings about a particular book are tied to the experience of creating it. I love the act of making marks on paper and seeing those marks develop into a picture. My intent and hope is to lead the viewer into a world that only exists because of that picture. Many of these speak to my culture, while other works are based on my experience of being Black in America.”