The 2014 Arbuthnot Lecturer was Andrea Davis Pinkney, vice president and editor at large of Scholastic’s Trade Books, will deliver the 2014 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture. The announcement was made Monday, January 28, 2013 by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), during the ALA Midwinter Meeting held Jan. 25 – 29, in Seattle.
“We are honored to recognize Andrea Pinkney for her significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of African American heritage,” stated 2014 Arbuthnot Committee Chair Susan Moore.
Andrea Davis Pinkney is a New York Times best-selling writer of more than 20 books for children and young adults including picture books, novels and nonfiction. During the course of her career, Pinkney has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Hyperion Books for Children/Disney Publishing’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African American children’s book imprint at a major publishing company.
Pinkney’s work includes such award winning titles as “Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down,” illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Little, Brown and Company; “Sojourner Truth’s Step-Stomp Stride,” illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Disney/Jump at the Sun Books; “Let it Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters,” illustrated by Stephen Alcorn, published by Harcourt,a Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book;and “Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra,” illustrated by Brian Pinkney, published by Hyperion Books for Children, a Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor Book.
The University of Minnesota was selected as the host site for the 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture. The press release on the host selection can be read here. A digital exhibit, in conjunction with the 2014 Arbuthnot Lecture, can be accessed here.
The lecture can be viewed on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LC5y1RTGEZQ