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Myles Pinkney

Children's Illustrator

When Myles Pinkney was in middle school, he discovered photography. Despite his interest in painting, photography quickly became his favorite way of capturing life’s images. Myles worked as a photojournalist for newspapers and magazines before opening his own portrait and freelance photography studio. In the year 2000, Myles and his wife, Sandra L. Pinkney, teamed up to produce Shades of Black, a photo-illustrated children’s book that won numerous awards. In 2002, they published A Rainbow All Around Me, another photo-illustrated book from Scholastic that celebrates the racial diversity of children. This newest book was nominated for the NAACP Image Award.

An Exclusive Interview

The organizers of the 2002 National Book Festival in Washington, DC invited six members of the Pinkney family to speak and sign books. Reading Rockets’ David Meissner interviewed Jerry, Brain, and Myles Pinkney at the festival. To watch video clips, read interview transcripts, or learn more about this multi-talented family, click on the links below.

About Myles Pinkney

Myles Pinkney worked as a photojournalist and freelance photographer before his recent entrance into the world of children’s books with his wife, Sandra. Myles’ stunning photographs have received awards and praise from parents, teachers, and children.

Although Jerry, Brian, and Myles live in different parts of New York State, they encourage each other and even collaborate on projects. Together they co-illustrated Gloria Jean Pinkney’s 2001 book, In the Forest of Your Remembrance. All three illustrate books that their wives write. So whether it is Jerry and Gloria Jean, Brian and Andrea, or Myles and Sandra, the Pinkney name is well known and easy to find on library shelves.

Books by this illustrator