Black Authors & Illustrators

By Jerry Pinkney

Format: print

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Author/Illustrator’s Website

Review of Pinkney’s Works

About the Artist
“A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children’s books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles and has been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, a Caldecott Medal, and five The New York Times “Best Illustrated Books”. He has received five Coretta Scott King Awards, and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. His books have been translated into sixteen languages and published in fourteen countries.

In addition to his work in children’s books, Jerry has had over thirty, one-man exhibitions…He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows within the USA, and has been exhibited in Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan, Jamaica, Bermuda, and Honolulu…His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum, the Brandywine River Art Museum, and the National Museum of Wildlife Art as well as in private collections…He lives with his wife, author, Gloria Jean in Westchester County, NY.”


The Library celebrates Black History Month this February by showcasing black authors. 

Below is a small sample of our collections. 

Stop by the Library to browse more on display!

The black unicorn: poems

By Audre Lorde

Format: print

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Author biography from

About the Audre Lorde Project
“The Audre Lorde Project is a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Two Spirit, Trans and Gender Non-Conforming People of Color center for community organizing, focusing on the New York City area. Through mobilization, education and capacity-building, we work for community wellness and progressive social and economic justice.”
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The autograph man: a novel

By Zadie Smith

Format: print

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Interview with the Author on her newest book, On Beauty

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