Andrea Davis Pinkney is the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of more than thirty books for children and adults.
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.
With interactive and inspiring keynotes, workshops, presentations, and commencement speeches, Andrea 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.
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.
Her novels and other works have been awarded multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, NAACP Image Award nominations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, New York Times Notable Book and Editors’ Pick citations, and have received several Parenting Publication Gold Medals.
Andrea was selected to deliver the May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture. This honor recognizes her 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.
Andrea’s recent novel, The Red Pencil, is set in the height of the Darfur genocide and the war in Sudan. The book has received five starred reviews. It is a New York Times Notable Book, a New York Times Editors’ pick, and an NAACP Image Award nominee. It was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year, a Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year, a Bank Street Best Book, and a Junior Library Guild selection. Additionally, The Red Pencil was named an ALA Notable Book and a Kids’ Indie Next List “Inspired Recommendations for Kids from Indie Booksellers” selection. A motion picture based on The Red Pencil is currently in development.
In addition to her work as an author, Andrea has had an illustrious career as a publisher and editor. She has launched many high-profile publishing and entertainment entities, including Disney’s Jump at the Sun imprint, the first African-American book imprint at a major company; the hugely popular Cheetah Girls series, and the teen book Serving from the Hip by world-class tennis pros Venus and Serena Williams.
Andrea 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. Andrea has also served as a trustee for the National Center for Learning Disabilities.
She lives in New York City with her husband, award-winning illustrator Brian Pinkney, and their two children.
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!
"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:
“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