SACRAMENTO – Award-winning husband and wife illustrator and author team, Brian Pinkney and Andrea Davis Pinkney will be the featured guest speakers as The UC Davis School of Education presents its annual celebration of children’s literature, Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature next week.
The Pinkneys will present an evening lecture at the Tsakopoulos Library Galleria on Wednesday, February 12, adjacent to the Central Library branch in downtown Sacramento and on February 13, they will address up to 1,400 students and their teachers at Freeborn Hall at UC Davis. The lectures are presented in partnership with Sutter Children’s Center, Sacramento, and Sacramento Public Library.
Andrea Davis Pinkney has authored more than 20 books. She received the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 2013 for “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America” and the Coretta Scott King Honor in 2001 for “Let It Shine: Black Women Freedom Fighters.”
Her husband Brian Pinkney received the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award in 2000 for “In the Time of the Drums” and for “Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and his Orchestra,” he was awarded the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor and Caldecott Honor in 1999. He was also awarded the Caldecott Honor in 1996 for “The Faithful Friend.” “SIT-IN: How Four Friends Stood Up By Sitting Down,” written by Andrea Davis Pinkney, was on the New York Times Picture Book Best Seller List in February 2010. The Pinkneys’ latest book is “Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Song.”
Over the last 10 years, authors as diverse as Laurence Yep, Pam Muñoz Ryan, and Ying Chang Compestine have presented to more than 10,000 adults and children, celebrating the authors’ unique contributions to the best children’s literature. For the first time, the evening lecture is free to the public and presented in Sacramento, thanks to the partnership with the Sacramento Public Library.
Because seats for the Pinkneys’ February 12 lecture are limited, the public is asked to register in advance at http://www.saclibrary.org.