About the Exhibit

A digital exhibit, in conjunction with the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture of the Association of Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.

About the exhibit

This exhibit displays original manuscript pages, artist dummies, picture book proofs, and original art and sketches selected from among Andrea Davis Pinkney’s more than 20 published children’s and young adult titles. The exhibit will provide insight into one writer’s creative process as well as a peek into editorial practice.

Shelf Awareness's article on the Arbuthnot Lecture

About Andrea Davis Pinkney

Writer, editor, and publisher Andrea Davis Pinkney, vice president and editor at large of Scholastic’s Trade Books, will delivered the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture on May 3, 2014 at the University of Minnesota.

The American Library Association’s Arbuthnot committee recognized Pinkney for her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of African American heritage.

Watch the lecture here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC5y1RTGEZQ

View an interview with Andrea Davis and Brian Pinkney.

A profile of Andrea Davis Pinkney at The Horn Book

Andrea Davis Pinkney's Biography at Scholastic

Brian Pinkney's art website.

View the Educator's Guide.

Books written by Andrea Davis Pinkney:

  • Alvin Ailey. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion books for Children, 1993.
  • Seven Candles for Kwanzaa. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Dial Books for Young Readers, 1993.
  • Hold Fast To Dreams. William Morrow and Company, 1995.
  • Dear Benjamin Banneker. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Harcourt Brace and Company, 1996.
  • Solo Girl. illustrated by Nneka Bennerr. Hyperion Books for Children, 1997.
  • Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney, 1998.
  • Raven in a Dove House. Harcourt Brace, 1998.
  • Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story. Hyperion Books for Children, 1999.
  • Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters. Illustrated by Stephen Alcorn. Harcourt, 2000.
  • Abraham Lincoln: Letters From A Slave Girl. Winslow Press, 2001.
  • Mim's Christmas Jam. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Harcourt, 2001.
  • Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa. Jump at the Sun/Hyperion Books for Children, 2002.
  • Fishing Day. Illustrated by Shane Evans. Hyperion Books for Children/Jump at the Sun, 2003.
  • Peggony-Po: A Whale of a Tale. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Hyperion Books for Children/Jump at the Sun, 2006.
  • Boycott Blues: How Rosa Parks Inspired A Nation. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Greenwillow Books, 2008.
  • Sojourner Truth's Step-Stomp Stride. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Disney/jump at the Sun, 2009.
  • Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown, 2010.
  • Bird in a Box. Illustrated by Sean Qualls. Little, Brown, 2011.
  • With the Might if Angels: The Diary of Dawnie Rae Johnson. Scholastic Press, 2011.
  • Hand In Hand, Ten Black Men Who Changed America.Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Disney/Jump at the Sun, 2012.
  • Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song. Illustrated by Brian Pinkney. Little, Brown, 2013.

This exhibit presented by the Children's Literature Research Collections.

About the Exhibit