As a child, Brian Pinkney loved drawing pictures on every piece of paper he could find. He also loved watching his father, Jerry Pinkney, illustrate books for children. Today Brian Pinkney is a New York Times bestselling illustrator who has illustrated numerous books for young readers, including two Caldecott Honor Books. Brian has been awarded the Coretta Scott King Honor Award for illustration on three occasions, and the Coretta Scott King medal. He is a five-time NAACP Image Award nominee, the recipient of many American Library Association Notable Book citations, and was acknowledged by National Council for Teachers of English for his vast contribution to the field of children’s literature.
Brian is also a writer who has authored several acclaimed picture books based on his own experiences and interests. Brian was named among the “25 Most Influential People in our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. He has served on the faculty in the Master’s Degree of Illustration department at the School of Visual Arts. He is a former chairperson for the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show.
Brian Pinkney lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife and frequent collaborator, author Andrea Davis Pinkney, their two children.