Thanks to the Leslie Riedel Memorial Lecture for Young Readers, acclaimed illustrator Jerry Pinkney visited the Concord Free Public Library Saturday night (despite the temptation to take the exit leading to the Cape instead). With his wife Gloria’s help, Pinkney walked us through his acclaimed career–which spans almost half a century–as an illustrator of children’s books.
As a child, Pinkney drew on the bedroom walls and grew up in a household full of storytelling, so much so that he considers it among the few possessions his grandparents brought with them when they moved from the South to Philly. The animation and spirit of live storytelling is a quality he tries to capture in his artwork. (more…)