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On Rudine Sims Bishop’s “The Pinkney Family: In the Tradition” (from 1996)

“With their art and their writing, the Pinkneys have enriched American children’s literature by illuminating the experiences of African Americans and of others as well. They are committed to telling the untold stories of African Americans, to making connections across cultures, to demonstrating, as Jerry says, that ‘we as a people are as good as anyone,’ and to producing work of high quality with the aim of reaching a wide audience.”

—Rudine Sims Bishop in the January/February 1996 Horn Book Magazine

Did you watch Roger’s video interview with Andrea Davis Pinkney about her and Brian Pinkney’s Martin Rising: Requiem for a King? Roger calls Martin Rising “a resplendent volume of poetry and painting” (and over on Facebook, he refers to Andrea as a “dream interview”); spend a few minutes listening in on their lively conversation.

The Pinkneys, of course, are children’s book royalty; children’s literature scholar Rudine Sims Bishop celebrated two generations of Pinkneys more than twenty years ago in her article, “The Pinkney Family: In the Tradition,” from the January/February 1996 issue of the Magazine. (What I’d like to know is how Andrea has not aged in twenty-two years.)

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Kitty Flynn is consulting editor for The Horn Book, Inc.

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