Laura Ingalls Wilder Award
Author and Illustrator Jerry Pinkney is the winner of the 2016 Laura Ingalls Wilder Award honoring an author or illustrator, published in the United States, whose books have made a substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children. His numerous works include [Julius Lester’s] “John Henry” (Dial Books for Young Readers, 1994) and [Patricia C. McKissack’s] “Mirandy and Brother Wind (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2009).
“Jerry Pinkney is an extraordinary visual storyteller. His subjects illuminate the African-American experience, the joys of classic literature, and the age-old wisdom embodied in familiar folktales,” said Wilder Award Committee Chair Chrystal Carr Jeter.