6 minute read

Jerry Pinkney (1939-) Biography

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

Born 1939, in Philadelphia, PA; Education: Attended Philadelphia Museum College of Art (now University of the Arts), 1957-59. Hobbies and other interests: "I am a lover of music, with a large music collection. I enjoy all kinds of music: jazz, classical, rock, and pop."

Society of Illustrators.


The Tales of Uncle Remus (also see below), Dial (New York, NY), 1987.

More Tales of Uncle Remus: Further Adventures of Brer Rabbit, His Friends, Enemies, and Others (also see below), Dial (New York, NY), 1988.

Further Tales of Uncle Remus: The Misadventures of Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox, Brer Wolf, the Doodang, and All the Other Creatures (also see below), Dial (New York, NY), 1990.

John Henry, Dial (New York, NY), 1994.

The Last Tales of Uncle Remus (also see below), Dial (New York, NY), 1994.

Sam and the Tigers: A New Telling of Little Black Sambo, Dial (New York, NY), 1996.

Black Cowboy, Wild Horses: A True Story, Dial (New York, NY), 1998.

Uncle Remus: The Complete Tales (contains The Tales of Uncle Remus, More Tales of Uncle Remus, Further Tales of Uncle Remus, and The Last Tales of Uncle Remus), Phyllis Fogelman Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Albidaro and the Mischievous Dream, Phyllis Fogelman Books (New York, NY), 2000.

The Old African, Dial (New York, NY), 2004.


Rudyard Kipling, Rikki-Tikki-Tavi, Morrow (New York, NY), 1997.

Hans Christian Andersen, The Little Match Girl, Phyllis Fogelman Books (New York, NY), 1999.

Hans Christian Andersen, The Ugly Duckling, Morrow (New York, NY), 1999.

Aesop's Fables, SeaStar Books (New York, NY), 2000.

Hans Christian Andersen, The Nightingale, Phyllis Fogelman Books (New York, NY), 2002.

Noah's Ark, SeaStar Books (New York, NY), 2002.


Joyce Cooper Arkhurst, reteller, The Adventures of Spider: West African Folk Tales, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1964.

Adeline McCall, This Is Music, Allyn & Bacon (Boston, MA), 1965.

V. Mikhailovich Garshin, The Traveling Frog, McGraw (New York, NY), 1966.

Lila Green, compiler, Folktales and Fairytales of Africa, Silver Burdett (Morristown, NJ), 1967.

Ken Sobol, The Clock Museum, McGraw (New York, NY), 1967.

Harold J. Saleh, Even Tiny Ants Must Sleep, McGraw (New York, NY), 1967.

John W. Spellman, editor, The Beautiful Blue Jay, and Other Tales of India, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1967.

Ralph Dale, Shoes, Pennies, and Rockets, L. W. Singer (Syracuse, NY), 1968.

Traudl (pseudonym of Traudl Flaxman), Kostas the Rooster, Lothrop (New York, NY), 1968.

Cora Annett, Homerhenry, Addison-Wesley (Boston, MA), 1969.

Irv Phillips, The Twin Witches of Fingle Fu, L. W. Singer (Syracuse, NY), 1969.

Fern Powell, The Porcupine and the Tiger, Lothrop (New York, NY), 1969.

Ann Trofimuk, Babushka and the Pig, Houghton (Boston, MA), 1969.

Thelma Shaw, Juano and the Wonderful Fresh Fish, Addison-Wesley (Boston, MA), 1969.

Ken Sobol, Sizes and Shapes, McGraw (New York, NY), 1969.

Francine Jacobs, adapter, The King's Ditch: A Hawaiian Tale, Coward (New York, NY), 1971.

Joyce Cooper Arkhurst, More Adventures of Spider, Scholastic (New York, NY), 1972.

Adjai Robinson, Femi and Old Grandaddie, Coward (New York, NY), 1972.

Mari Evans, JD, Doubleday (Garden City, NY), 1973.

Adjai Robinson, Kasho and the Twin Flutes, Coward (New York, NY), 1973.

Berniece Freschet, Prince Littlefoot, Ginn (Lexington, MA), 1973.

Beth P. Wilson, The Great Minu, Follett (Chicago, IL), 1974.

Mildred D. Taylor, Song of the Trees, Dial (New York, NY), 1975.

Cruz Martel, Yagua Days, Dial (New York, NY), 1976.

Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry, Dial (New York, NY), 1976, reprinted as Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry: Twenty-Fifth Anniversary Edition, Penguin (New York, NY), 2000.

Phyllis Green, Mildred Murphy, How Does Your Garden Grow?, Addison-Wesley (Boston, MA), 1977.

Eloise Greenfield, Mary McLeod Bethune (biography), Crowell (New York, NY), 1977.

Verna Aardema, Ji-Nongo-Nongo Means Riddles, Four Winds Press (New York, NY), 1978.

Lila Green, reteller, Tales from Africa, Silver Burdett (Morristown, NJ), 1979.

Rosebud Yellow Robe, reteller, Tonweya and the Eagles, and Other Lakota Indian Tales, Dial (New York, NY), 1979.

Eloise Greenfield and Lessie Jones Little, Childtimes: A Three-Generation Memoir, Crowell (New York, NY), 1979.

Virginia Hamilton, Jahdu, Greenwillow (New York, NY), 1980.

Claudia Zaslavsky, Count on Your Fingers African Style, Crowell (New York, NY), 1980.

William Wise, Monster Myths of Ancient Greece, Putnam (New York, NY), 1981.

Barbara Michels and Bettye White, editors, Apples on a Stick: The Folklore of Black Children, Coward (New York, NY), 1983.

Valerie Flournoy, The Patchwork Quilt, Dial (New York, NY), 1985.

Crescent Dragonwagon, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1986.

Barbara Gibson, Creatures of the Desert World and Strange Animals of the Sea, edited by Donald J. Crump, National Geographic Society (Washington, DC), 1987.

Nancy White Carlstrom, Wild, Wild Sunflower Child Anna, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1987.

Julia Fields, The Green Lion of Zion Street, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1988.

Pat McKissack, Mirandy and Brother Wind, Knopf (New York, NY), 1988.

Verna Aardema, Rabbit Makes a Monkey of Lion, Dial (New York, NY), 1989.

Robert D. San Souci, The Talking Eggs, Dial (New York, NY), 1989.

Marilyn Singer, Turtle in July, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1989.

Crescent Dragonwagon, Home Place, Macmillan (New York, NY), 1990.

Jean Marzollo, Pretend You're a Cat, Dial (New York, NY), 1990.

Sonia Levitin, The Man Who Kept His Heart in a Bucket, Dial (New York, NY), 1991.

Arnold Adoff, In for Winter, Out for Spring, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1991.

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God, University of Illinois Press (Urbana, IL), 1991.

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

Gloria Jean Pinkney, Back Home, Penguin (New York, NY), 1992.

Colin Eisler, selector, David's Songs: His Psalms and Their Story, Dial (New York, NY), 1992.

Thylias Moss, I Want to Be, Dial (New York, NY), 1993.

Johanna Hurwitz, New Shoes for Silvia, Morrow (New York, NY), 1993.

Nancy Willard, A Starlit Somersault Downhill, Little, Brown (Boston, MA), 1993.

Gloria Jean Pinkney, The Sunday Outing, Dial (New York, NY), 1994.

Valerie Flournoy, Tanya's Reunion, Dial (New York, NY), 1995.

Rudyard Kipling, The Jungle Book: The Mowgli Stories, Morrow (New York, NY), 1995.

Alan Schroeder, Minty: A Story of Young Harriet Tubman, Dial (New York, NY), 1996.

Robert D. San Souci, reteller, The Hired Hand: An African-American Folktale, Dial (New York, NY), 1997.

Gary Paulsen, Sarny, A Life Remembered, Delacorte (New York, NY), 1997.

Barbara Diamond Goldin, reteller, Journeys with Elijah: Eight Tales of the Prophet, Harcourt (San Diego, CA), 1999.

Johanna Hurwitz, New Shoes for Sylvia, Morrow (New York, NY), 1999.

Patricia C. McKissack, Goin' Someplace Special, Atheneum (New York, NY), 2000.

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

Arthur Herzog Jr. and Billie Holiday, God Bless the Child, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2003.

(With Brian and Myles C. Pinkney) Gloria Jean Pinkney, compiler, Music from Our Lord's Holy Heaven, HarperCollins (New York, NY), 2005.

Contributor of illustrations to textbooks and magazines, including Boys' Life, Contact, Essence, Post, and Seventeen. Also illustrator of Helen Fletcher's The Year around Book, and of a series of limited-edition books for adults published by Franklin Library that includes Wuthering Heights, The Winthrop Covenant, Early Autumn, Rabbit Run, Gulliver's Travels, Selected Plays, Tom Jones, The Flowering of New England, These Thirteen, The Covenant, Lolita, Rabbit Redux, and The Education of Henry Adams.

The Patchwork Quilt, Half a Moon and One Whole Star, and Yagua Days were presented on Reading Rainbow, PBS-TV; John Henry, Rikki Tikki Tavi, The Ugly Duckling, and Noah's Ark were adapted for audio and video by Weston Woods (Norwalk, CT).

Additional topics

Brief BiographiesBiographies: Jan Peck Biography - Personal to David Randall (1972–) Biography - Personal