Brian Pinkney

From a very young age, Brian Pinkney loved to draw and paint. Using old brushes and scraps of paper, he tried to replicate his father’s watercolor art. Brian painted in a large closet that his mother had converted into a child-sized art studio. His passion for drawing and painting eventually led him to the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

While earning a master’s degree in Illustration, Brian discovered scratchboard – a lesser-used medium that actually scratches designs into an inked board. His scratchboard art has since won two Caldecott Honor Medals and two Coretta Scott King Awards. Brian illustrates his own stories and those of other authors. He most often collaborates with his wife, author Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Books by This Author

Max Found Two Sticks

Age Level: 3-6

Max recreates the city rhythms all around him with his two sticks. His imaginative play reaches a climax when a real marching band comes down his street and a drummer gives him a pair of drumsticks. Pinkney’s animated scratchboard illustrations further enliven the text.

The Adventures of Sparrowboy

Age Level: 3-6
Mild-mannered paperboy Henry collides with a sparrow and turns into Sparrowboy just like his hero, Falconman – a superhero who not only delivers the paper but also helps out the neighborhood. When Henry returns from his comic-strip fantasy, things seem just a bit better than before.

Books by This Illustrator

Bill Pickett: Rodeo-Ridin' Cowboy

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9
The most celebrated black cowboy was Bill Pickett, a fearless rodeo star with a knack for taming bulls that brought the crowds to their feet. The closing note in this book provides an overview of the history of rodeos and black cowboys.

Busy-Busy Little Chick

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 3-6
Little Chick is not distracted like his mother, Mama Nsoso. He only chases tasty treats after their ilome, a warm new home of grass and mud, for his family is complete. This lively telling based on a fable told by Nkundo people of Central Africa is illustrated with swirling, animated illustrations, complementing the alliterative, onomatopoeic language.

Ella Fitzgerald: The Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 6-9

From her early days in Harlem to becoming the First Lady of Jazz, the story of Ella Fitzgerald is presented by a cool feline named Scat Cat Monroe. As Scat Cat steals through the pages of this book, Ella Fitzgerald�s life and work are revealed in jazz-inspired language accompanied by dramatic scratchboard illustrations. The result is a lively and loving picture book biography.

Feliz Cumpleaños, Martin Luther King

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 3-6
En un paquete atractivo se presenta la importancia e influencia del Dr King y por qué se celebra su cumpleaños. Un texto fluido combinado con maravillosas ilustraciones hechas en esgrafiado y pintura para presentar a los niños un tema que a veces resulta difícil.

Happy Birthday, Martin Luther King

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 3-6

The significance and impact of Dr. King and why his birthday is celebrated is presented in a handsome package. Fluid text combines with stunning illustrations done in scratchboard and paint, to make a sometimes difficult subject accessible to younger children. Also available in Spanish.

Hip-Hop Lollipop

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 3-6

Watch as Lollipop grooves her way through her bedtime routine, brushing her teeth to the beat and shimmying into pjs. She sways along with her sister, her parents, and even some enthusiastic pets until, finally, Lollie closes her eyes and dances through her dreams.

Pretty Brown Face

Illustrated by: Brian Pinkney
Age Level: 0-3

Who is that beautiful face in the mirror? Why it is baby, held by a loving daddy. This simple yet appealing book is presented in a format appropriate for the youngest reader to hold.

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