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Happy Birthday To Croton’s Jerry Pinkney

Jerry Pinkney turns 74 on Sunday.
Jerry Pinkney turns 74 on Sunday.

CORTLANDT, N.Y. -- Happy Birthday to Croton’s Jerry Pinkney!

Jerry Pinkney, who lives in Croton-on-Hudson turns 74 on Sunday.

Pinkney, an illustrator of children's books, was born Dec. 22, 1939, in Philadelphia. He won the 2010 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing "The Lion & the Mouse," which he also wriote, a version of Aesop's fable.

Pinkney also has five Caldecott Honors, five Coretta Scott King Awards, four New York Times Best Illustrated Awards (most recently in 2006 for "Little Red Hen"), four Gold and four Silver medals from the Society of Illustrators, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award ("John Henry", 1994). In 2000 he was given the Virginia Hamilton Literary award from Kent State University and in 2004 the University of Southern Mississippi Medallion for outstanding contributions in the field of children’s literature.

For his contribution as a children's illustrator, Pinkney was U.S. nominee in 1998 for the biennial, international Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international recognition for creators of children's books.

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