Andrea Davis Pinkney
Bestselling Author, Media/Publishing Executive, Diversity Commentator

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of numerous books for children and young adults, including picture books, novels, works of historical fiction, and nonfiction.


Her books have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, four NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, as well as several Parenting Publication Gold Medals, and American Library Association Notable Book citations.


Andrea was named one of the “25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal and is among “The 25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” cited by Children’s Health Magazine. She is the recipient of the Medgar Evers College Lifetime Achievement Award, Literacy Partners Champion of Literacy Award, and the Africana Book Award,  just to name a few. Andrea and her work have been featured on the Today show with Al Roker, National Public Radio, the Oprah Winfrey Show, as well as Oprah Radio, and in USA Today.


Voted the 2019 Champion of Literacy Award, Andrea’s extraordinary contribution for over thirty years has greatly impacted the children’s and young adult literary world.  She was selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. This honor recognizes Andrea’s significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of children’s books and their impact.


With interactive and inspiring keynotes, workshops, presentations, and commencement speeches, Andrea Davis Pinkney brings a wealth of experience in topics ranging from diversity to career/family balance, parenting, relationships, media trends, literacy, education, and special needs.  She speaks to corporate executives, media leaders, educators, students, advocacy organizations, and parenting groups. Additionally, Andrea has spoken at fifteen leading colleges and universities, and at the United Nations. She is a seasoned presenter, available for conferences, benefits, fundraisers, graduations, management retreats, podcasts, and more.


Colleges and universities looking for a “First-Year Experience” book and speaker can read Andrea’s Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound, which explores the social, political, cultural, and historical constructs of black music and entertainment, and how race and bias affect perceptions.


In addition to her work as an author, Andrea has had an illustrious career as a children’s book publisher and editor. She has acquired and published a robust mix of titles by authors such as Christopher Paul Curtis, Allen Say, Marilyn Nelson, Sharon G. Flake, Lois Lowry, and Toni Morrison. During the course of her career, Andrea 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; the hugely popular Cheetah Girls series, and the teen book Serving from the Hip by world-class tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams, an Oprah featured selection.


Andrea Davis Pinkney is a graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Public Communications and is a former member of the Newhouse School’s Board of Trustees. She frequently contributes to the New York Times, Huffington Post, Essence, Bustle, and the Creativity Project. She lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.


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RHYTHM RIDEA Road Trip Through the Motown Sound
Roaring Brook Press

From award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney comes the story of the music that defined a generation and a movement that changed the world.

Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

The story of twelve year old Amira, whose peaceful Sudanese village is shattered when the Janjaweed arrive.

Sit-InHow Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

This picture book is a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the momentous Woolworth's lunch counter sit-in, when four college students staged a peaceful protest that became a defining moment in the struggle for racial equality and the growing civil rights movement.

Diversity Success Strategies Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than 30 books. She has been named “One of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal. With more than three decades of corporate diversity experience, including her work as a Senior Editor at Essence magazine, and as the founder of her own African American branded entity at the Walt Disney Company, Andrea is uniquely qualified to impart insights and inspiration on fostering workplace diversity and communicating diversity in popular media.
Getting the Life, Career, and Family You Want Named on one the”25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine and “One of the 25 Most Influential Black Women in Business” by The Network Journal, Andrea Davis Pinkney brings a unique perspective to balancing career and family. She is the working mother of a daughter and a son, a corporate executive, and the New York Times bestselling author of more than 30 books for children, teenagers, and adults.
Parenting Children with Learning and Attention Struggles Andrea Davis Pinkney has been named on one the”25 Most Influential People in Our Children’s Lives” by Children’s Health magazine. She is a former trustee for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, and the mother of a daughter and a son with learning and attention issues. In her inspiring keynotes and workshops, Andrea offers practical strategies for helping children succeed in school, working with your child’s teachers to get his or her academic needs met, and helping children learn to self-advocate to achieve academic and social success with peers and in a school setting.
Advice for New Writers As a publishing executive and an acclaimed author in her own right, Andrea Davis Pinkney is uniquely qualified to impart step-by-step strategies for getting published and for creating lasting, meaningful work.
School Visits with Andrea Davis Pinkney Andrea Davis Pinkney's school visits involve a PowerPoint, singing, audience participation, and interactive feedback from participants. Topics range from the civil rights and social justice to music, “nonfiction with a twist,” and strategies for engaging readers, even those who are most reluctant to pick up a book!

Read Andrea’s op-ed for NPR about the importance of reading Black stories aloud to kids.

Andrea was honored at the 2019 CBC Diversity Awards.

Read Publishers Weekly starred book review for Martin Rising.

Listen to an interview with Andrea Davis Pinkney on NPR’s Tell Me More.

Check her out on NPR’s Weekend Edition.

Watch on KidLit TV as she chats with illustrator Sophie Blackall.

Read interviews with Andrea Davis Pinkney from The Texas Library Association and on the Today Show.

Check out Andrea Davis Pinkney’s Facebook page, and follow her on Twitter.

Learn more about Andrea Davis Pinkney here.

Praise for Andrea Davis Pinkney:
"Andrea was great! She stressed the importance and power of nonfiction books and the details of historical events in her books which is such an important message. The audience loved her, and all went well with the book-signing, she had a nice crowd."
- Teachers College Summer Institute

"I just wanted to thank you for all your help in bringing Andrea to us. I can’t tell you what a thrill it was to work with her, and the kids just loved her. She is such a gentle, kind person. Meeting her has been the highlight of my professional career, and I don’t see that ever changing."
- Josephine Nolfi, Youngstown and Mahoning County Libraries

Praise for Andrea Davis Pinkney's work:
"Andrea's stunning poetic requiem, illustrated with Brian's lyrical and colorful artwork, brings a fresh perspective to Martin Luther King, the Gandhi-like, peace-loving activist whose dream of equality, and whose courage to make it happen, changed the course of American history."

“Dawnie is a wonderfully drawn character whose lively and poignant diary entries including letters to her hero, Jackie Robinson—detail her dreams, fears, frustrations, and achievements, personalizing segregation’s and integration’s diverse impacts.”

“Coretta Scott King Award–winner Pinkney provides an outstanding contribution to the Dear America series with the diary of the (fictional) first African-American student to integrate the segregated schools of Hadley, VA…. A solid entry in an ever-popular series.”
- Kirkus Reviews

“The author seamlessly incorporates historical events into the child’s journal. The end matter contains age-appropriate photographs, a time line, and brief biographical sketches of the people mentioned. A first purchase.”
- School Library Journal