Andrea Davis Pinkney

Friday, February 22, 2013

Andrea Davis Pinkney was born September 25th in Washington, D.C. She majored in journalism at Syracuse University, graduating in 1985, largely inspired by Mary Richards on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Her first job was as an editor at Mechanics Illustrated. She then became a senior editor for Essence. After marrying children's book illustrator Brian Pinkney in 1991, she took his encouragement and switched her interest to writing children's literature. After a time at Hyperion as the managing editor of their imprint Jump at the Sun, Ms. Davis Pinkney is now the publisher at Houghton Mifflin Children's Books. Her books include Dear Benjamin Banneker, Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra, Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, and Ella Fitzgerald: the Tale of a Vocal Virtuosa.