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Jerry Pinkney: 1939-2021

The great Jerry Pinkney passed away yesterday at 81.

I had a chance to talk with him once. We were seated next to each other at the 2013 Newbery/Caldecott Banquet. He was kind and gracious, down-to-earth, and funny. I’ve always treasured that night.

He was an incredible artist and one of the best picture book makers to ever do it, with seven (!) Caldecott Honor awards before winning the Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse.

What a wonderful person and what a loss.

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About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.