Build literacy skills and social responsibility as you explore ways that Jerry Pinkney helped to diversify children’s literature.
Throughout his career Jerry Pinkney has taken on projects that help to tell about the lives and experiences of African Americans. When he first started working as an illustrator however, these stories were not often told. As a matter of fact, in books for both children and adults, African Americans were often shown in negative ways.
Jerry Pinkney helped to change this by finding opportunities to work on books about African American heroes. One of these books was John Henry. Jerry Pinkney explained, “John Henry, gave me the chance to “create an African American hero that would inspire all.”
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