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Andrea Davis Pinkney: Writing the Road

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January 2017 MFAC Residency
Keynote Speaker:
Andrea Davis Pinkney
Andrea's Website

Each residency, our distinguished MFAC faculty are joined by special guests. The lineup of guests includes a guest author chosen by the graduating class to give the commencement address. This winter, we are honored and thrilled to welcome the extraordinarily talented children’s book author, Andrea Davis Pinkney, as the MFAC's Keynote Speaker.

Andrea’s Keynote address is titled "Writing the Road," and the ceremony is free and open to the public.

Mark Your Calendar:
Sunday, January 15th 2017
3:30 pm in the Anne Simley Theater

About Andrea

Andrea Davis Pinkney is a prolific children's book author with numerous bestsellers and accolades, including winning the prestigious Coretta Scott King Author Award. She has written more than thirty books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, and works of historical fiction and nonfiction. 

By day, she is the Vice President, Executive Editor of trade books at Scholastic. She was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, and is among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” cited by Children’s Health Magazine.

In 2014, Andrea was selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. This distinguished honor recognizes her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of literacy for children and young adults.


Selected picture books & Awards

A Poem for Peter: The Story of Ezra Jack Keats and the Creation of The Snowy Day
Viking Books for Young Readers, Nov. 2016
A Chicago Public Library, Kirkus Reviews, & Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year 2016

Martin & Mahalia: His Words, Her Songs
Little, Brown Books, 2013
School Library Journal Best Books list & NAACP Image Award Nominee

Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
Little, Brown Books, 2010
Parents' Choice Award winner & NYT Bestseller

Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride
Hyperion Books, 2009 
2010 Jane Addams Honor Book & School Library Journal Best Book of the Year


Selected novels & Awards

The Red Pencil
Little, Brown Books, 2014
New York Times Notable Book & Children’s Africana Book Award Winner

Bird in a Box
Little, Brown Books, 2011
The Judy Lopez Memorial Award for Children’s Literature Honor

Dear America: With the Might of Angels
Scholastic, 2011
Parents’ Choice Award Silver Honors Winner


selected Narrative nonfiction

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
Roaring Brook Press, 2015
SLJ's Best Books of 2015; ALA Notable Book; Booklist Editor's Choice 2015

Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America
Disney-Hyperion, 2012
Jane Addams Book Award Honor Book & Coretta Scott King Award Winner

Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters
Harcourt, 2001
Coretta Scott King Honor Book & the Carter G. Woodson Award for historical works for young people

Find a full list of Andrea's books on her website.


more links and information

Andrea lives in New York City with her husband and frequent collaborator, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children. 

Andrea on NPR's Morning Addition: A Poem for Peter Recalls One Unforgettable Snowy Day

Andrea at Scholastic: Why I Write (full video). "We have the stories of our people. We have a legacy. A lineage, expressed through a textual tradition that lands on the pages of so many books. And that is why I write."  

Keep up with Andrea on Facebook and on Twitter @AndreaDavisPink