Books by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Released: Aug. 6, 2013

A well-illustrated and meticulously researched story of the inextricably intertwined lives of two important African-American historical figures.

From its opening poem, "You Are Here," printed on a simple watercolor map of a road, to its backmatter about the history and art behind the story, this historical account of civil rights activist Martin Luther King Jr. and spiritual contralto vocalist Mahalia Jackson delivers inspiration and information equally. Read full book review >

Released: Oct. 23, 2012

"A feast for readers whose eyes are (or should be) on the prize, in a volume as well-turned-out as the dapper W.E.B. Dubois, who was "more handsome than a fresh-cut paycheck." (timeline, index, lists of recommended reading and viewing) (Collective biography. 10-15)"
Addressing the appetites of readers "hungry for role models," this presents compellingly oratorical pictures of the lives and characters of 10 African-American men who exemplify a "birthright of excellence." Read full book review >
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Sept. 1, 2011

Coretta Scott King Award-winner Pinkney provides an outstanding contribution to the Dear America series with the diary of the (fictional) first African-American student to integrate the segregated schools of Hadley, Va.

Pinkney paints a vivid picture of a bright 12-year-old who is athletic, fun-loving and full of dreams. Read full book review >

BIRD IN A BOX by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FICTION
Released: April 12, 2011

It's the era of Joe Louis at Yankee Stadium, Ella Fitzgerald and Duke Ellington at the Savoy and Philco radios in living rooms across the country, hope and dreams afloat on the airwaves. Read full book review >

SOJOURNER TRUTH’S STEP-STOMP STRIDE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FICTION
Released: Nov. 24, 2009

The Pinkneys (Boycott Blues, 2008, etc.) collaborate on an upbeat yet nuanced picture biography of Sojourner Truth, whose slave name was Isabella. Read full book review >

FICTION
Released: Oct. 1, 2008

Grounded in the events of the 1955 Montgomery Bus Boycott, this hybrid of fact and fiction is leavened by a guitar-picking hound dog's blues-imbued narration. Read full book review >

PEGGONY-PO by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: April 1, 2006

A fearless young whaler leads a fearsome whale on a merry chase, triggering the Great Whale Bet of 1847. Read full book review >

SLEEPING CUTIE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
ANIMALS
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

Cutie LaRue is sweet as cream—until bedtime rolls around. Read full book review >

FISHING DAY by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FICTION
Released: Nov. 1, 2003

Reenie and her mom are having fun and great success while fishing in Jim Crow River, while Peter and his father are fishing for food and have nothing to show for it. Read full book review >

MIM’S CHRISTMAS JAM by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: Oct. 1, 2001

It's 1915 and Pap is in New York City, working on the construction of the subway system. Read full book review >

ELLA FITZGERALD by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 2001

In this terrific picture-book biography, Scat Cat Monroe, a slick, fast-talking cat tells the story of Ella Fitzgerald, the Queen of Scat. Read full book review >

NONFICTION
Released: Sept. 1, 2000

This exciting collective biography features ten important women in the historic struggle to win freedom and civil rights. Read full book review >

RAVEN IN A DOVE HOUSE by Andrea Davis Pinkney
FAMILY AND GROWING UP
Released: April 1, 1998

A surprisingly awkward novel from Pinkney (Bill Pickett, 1996, etc.) about the comings and goings in an African-American family; it captures the pace of life in a small town in upstate New York at the cost of losing readers along the way. Read full book review >

DUKE ELLINGTON by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: April 1, 1998

PLB 0-7868-2150-7 Addressing readers directly—"You ever heard of the jazz-playin' man, the man with the cats who could swing with his band?"—the Pinkneys embark on a cool and vibrant tour of Duke Ellington's musical career, from the pool hall ragtime that "set Duke's fingers to wiggling," to his 1943 Carnegie Hall concert, also giving some of the soloists that played with him, and songwriter Billy Strayhorn, a chance to step forward. Read full book review >

BILL PICKETT by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

From the creators of Dear Benjamin Banneker (1994), rip-snorting picture-book biography of the first African-American cowboy inducted into the National Cowboy Hall of Fame. Read full book review >

DEAR BENJAMIN BANNEKER by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 1, 1994

This outline of the accomplishments of the distinguished African-American astronomer and mathematician focuses on the landmark publication of his first almanac and an eloquent 1791 letter to Thomas Jefferson. Read full book review >

ALVIN AILEY by Andrea Davis Pinkney
BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 11, 1993

A slightly fictionalized account of the great dancer- choreographer's (1931-89) early training and rise to fame, ending with the triumphant 1960 production of Revelations. Read full book review >

SEVEN CANDLES FOR KWANZAA by Andrea Davis Pinkney
HOLIDAYS & FESTIVALS
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

An introduction to the history, symbols, and customary celebration of this African-American holiday. Read full book review >