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Jerry Pinkney to Speak at Effie Lee Morris Lecture

For Immediate Release
Contact: Michelle Jeffers
(415) 557-4282; mjeffers@sfpl.org

April 24, 2012

Illustrator and Author Jerry Pinkney to Speak at San Francisco Public Library’s 16th Annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture

Tuesday, May 15, 2012, San Francisco Main Library

Jerry Pinkney, renowned illustrator and winner of the 2010 Caldecott Medal for The Lion & the Mouse, will deliver San Francisco Public Library’s 16th annual Effie Lee Morris Lecture May 15.

Cover of the Lion and the MouseMr. Pinkney, a native of Philadelphia, has been illustrating children's books since 1964, and his lush, colorful watercolors have graced more than 100 titles. His large body of work includes illustrations for numerous folk tales from around the world and collaborations with authors such as Julius Lester, Robert D. San Souci, and Patricia McKissack. His illustrations for The Patchwork Quilt by Valerie Flournoy, a book that celebrates the strength of African-American families, won the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration in 1986.

In receiving the Caldecott Medal in 2010, which is given annually to an artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children, Mr. Pinkney became the first individual African American to win the prestigious award. Mr. Pinkney also has been recognized with five Caldecott honor medals, five New York Times’ “best illustrated books,” recognitions, five Coretta Scott King awards, and four Coretta Scott King honor awards.

Photo of Jerry PickneyMr. Pinkney’s lecture, “A Sense of Place Real and Imagined,” will begin at 6 p.m., May 15, in the Koret Auditorium, San Francisco Main Library, 100 Larkin St. A reception and book signing at 5 p.m. will precede the program. In addition, an exhibition of Mr. Pinkney’s facsimiles of original manuscript illustrations and artists’ tools is on view through May 31, 2012, in the Fisher Children’s Center, Second Floor, San Francisco Main Library.

The Effie Lee Morris Lecture was established in 1996 to expand upon the idea of looking at children through their literature. The series is named in honor of Effie Lee Morris, who was the first coordinator of children’s services at the San Fran­cisco Public Library from 1963 to 1977. As one of the pioneer children’s services leaders in the country, Morris was responsible for the development of the broad range of Library services now available to the children of San Francisco. She also developed the children’s historical and research collection—which is also named in her honor—to meet the needs of Bay Area researchers studying our view of children and their world as reflected in the books written for them.

Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the local chapter of the Women’s National Book Association together sponsor the annual lecture series.

The program and exhibit are free and open to the public. For more information, contact (415) 557-4277.