The Kerlan Award: Andrea Davis Pinkney

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Tuesday, October 11, 6:00 pm Central
Please join us to celebrate the winner of the 2022 Kerlan Award, the renowned Andrea Davis Pinkney! This is a free event.

The Kerlan Award is given annually by the Friends of the Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature at the University of Minnesota Libraries in recognition of singular attainments in the field, and that certainly applies here: Andrea Davis Pinkney is the distinguished and bestselling author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and nonfiction. Her books have received multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Honor citations, nominations for the NAACP Image Awards, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, and many other accolades. In addition to her work as an author, Ms. Pinkney has had an illustrious career as a children’s book publisher and editor, including as founder of the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company, Jump at the Sun.

Pinkney also is the librettist for the Houston Grand Opera’s “The Snowy Day Opera,” based on the beloved bestselling children’s picture book classic “The Snowy Day” by Ezra Jack Keats. She has served on the creative teams for several theatrical and audio productions based on works for young people, including those drawn from among her acclaimed books, “Martin Rising: Requiem for a King,” “The Red Pencil,” and “Rhythm Ride: A Trip through the Motown Sound.”She lives in Brooklyn, NY. 

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About the Kerlan Collection

The Kerlan Collection of Children’s Literature stands at the forefront of children’s literature archives worldwide. An internationally recognized children’s literature library and archive, the Kerlan holds more than 100,000 children’s books, original manuscripts, correspondence, artworks, galleys, color proofs, and other material for more than 1,700 authors and illustrators. Open to the public at the University of Minnesota’s Elmer L. Andersen Library, the Kerlan is a rich resource for researchers, educators, families, and all who love children’s literature.