Mr. Jerry Pinkney, celebrated illustrator, and his wife, Mrs. Gloria Jean Pinkney, a published author, visited the 6th grade class this January. Students had been enjoying Mr. Pinkney’s work and studying his life during their weekly reading classes in the library. He shared his sketchbooks, artistic process, and inspiration. Students were awed by his artwork and especially by his incredible ability to sketch a likeness of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in mere moments. Mrs. Pinkney engaged students with her warmth and stories, and ended the presentation by leading the students in a sing-along. As one student wrote in her thank you note, “You both are great people with inspiring stories and talents that motivated me to do more.”
We are incredibly grateful to the Pinkneys for their visit and to the fabulous staff at the Norman Rockwell Museum for making this opportunity happen. Mr. Pinkney has won the Caldecott Medal (for America’s most distinguished picture book for children) numerous times, the Coretta Scott King – Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement, the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award, and countless others.