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(Jerry) Brian (J. Brian Pinkney) Pinkney (1961-) Biography

Career, Awards, Honors, SidelightsPersonal, Member, Writings, Adaptations

Born 1961, in Boston, MA; married Brian Pinkney Andrea R. Davis (an editor and writer), October 12, 1991; Education: Philadelphia College of Art, B.F.A., 1983; School of Visual Arts, M.F.A., 1990. Hobbies and other interests: Tae kwon do, playing drums.

Society of Illustrators, Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Graphic Arts Guild.


Max Found Two Sticks, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1994.

JoJo's Flying Side Kick, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1995.

The Adventures of Sparrowboy, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.

Cosmo and the Robot, Greenwillow Books (New York, NY), 2000.


(As J. Brian Pinkney) Roy Wandelmaier, Shipwrecked on Mystery Island, Troll (Mahwah, NJ), 1985.

(As J. Brian Pinkney) R. Rozanne Knudson, Julie Brown: Racing with the World (biography), Viking (New York, NY), 1988.

(As J. Brian Pinkney) Robert D. San Souci, The Boy and the Ghost, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1989.

William H. Hooks, The Ballad of Belle Dorcus, Knopf (New York, NY), 1990.

Polly Carter, Harriet Tubman and Black History Month, Silver Press (Englewood Cliffs, NJ), 1990.

Burton Albert, Where Does the Trail Lead?, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1991.

Lynn Joseph, A Wave in Her Pocket: Stories from Trinidad, Clarion (New York, NY), 1991.

Christopher Cat and Countee Cullin, The Lost Zoo, Silver Burdett (Englewood Cliff, NJ), 1992.

Virginia Hamilton, Drylongso, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1992.

Robert D. San Souci, Sukey and the Mermaid, Four Winds (New York, NY), 1992.

Patricia C. McKissack, The Dark-Thirty: Southern Tales of the Supernatural, Knopf (New York, NY), 1992.

Judy Sierra, The Elephant's Wrestling Match, Lodestar (New York, NY), 1992.

Robert D. San Souci, Cut from the Same Cloth, Philomel Books (New York, NY), 1993.

(As J. Brian Pinkney) Jean Marzollo, Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1993.

Maxine Rose Schur, Day of Delight: A Jewish Sabbath in Ethiopia, Dial (New York, NY), 1994.

Langston Hughes, The Dream Keeper, and Other Poems, Knopf (New York, NY), 1994.

Robert D. San Souci, The Faithful Friend, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1995.

Maxine Rose Schur, When I Left My Village, Dial (New York, NY), 1996.

Judy Sierra, reteller, Wiley and the Hairy Man, Dutton (New York, NY), 1996.

Robert D. San Souci, Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 1997.

Kim L. Siegelson, In the Time of the Drums, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1999.

(With Jerry Pinkney and Myles C. Pinkney) Gloria Jean Pinkney, In the Forest of Your Remembrance: Thirty-three Goodly News Tellings for the Whole Family, Phyllis Fogelman (New York, NY), 2001.

Karen Hesse, The Stone Lamp: A Hanukkah Collection: Eight Days of Dark, Eight Nights of Light, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002.

(With Jerry and Myles Pinkney) Gloria Jean Pinkney, compiler, Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven, Harper-Collins (New York, NY), 2003.

Marybeth Lorbiecki, Jackie's Bat, Simon & Schuster (New York, NY), 2003.

(And reteller) Hans Christian Andersen, Thumbelina, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 2003.

Contributed illustrations to Jump Back, Honey: The Poems of Paul Laurence Dunbar, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1999. Work has appeared in New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man, and Instructor.


Alvin Ailey, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1993.

Seven Candles for Kwanzaa, Dial (New York, NY), 1993.

Dear Benjamin Banneker, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1994.

Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1996.

I Smell Honey, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

Pretty Brown Face, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

Shake Shake Shake, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, Hyperion (New York, NY), 1997.

Watch Me Dance, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1997.

Mim's Christmas Jam, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 2001.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa, Hyperion (New York, NY), 2002.

Sleeping Cutie, Gulliver Books (San Diego, CA), 2004.

The story Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra was adapted for audio cassette, read by Forest Whitaker, Disney, 2001, and adapted for video cassette, also read by Forest Whitaker, Scholastic, 2000.

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