Brian and Andrea Davis Pinkney
Brian Pinkney on his own is an incredible artist. Andrea on her own is a fabulous writer. Put these two together (they are husband and wife) and you get some remarkable books for children. They won the Coretta Scott King Award this year for Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America. Other fantastic books are Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down, Duke Ellington, Alvin Ailey, Ella Fitzgerald and many, many more. Both Brian and Andrea presented at the National Book Festival and talked about how they collaborate and the rules they set up so they’d make it past the collaboration with an intact marriage. It was funny listening to them. Andrea talked about how she got the idea for Hand in Hand and Brian talked about, and demonstrated, how he approached the art. They showed their latest book, Martin and Mahalia: His Words, Her Song. Up until reading this I had no idea that Mahalia Jackson and Martin Luther King, Jr. were friends. At the March On Washington it was Mahalia Jackson who shouted out, “Tell them your dream, Martin!” That made shivers run down my spine. Read this book – it’s wonderful. Here’s a photo of Andrea and Brian at the Festival as she lead us in song.