Assemblywoman Galef Meets with Award Winning Local Author/Illustrators Gloria and Jerry Pinkney on "Dear Sandy"

January 4, 2011

Sandy looks at original illustrations and discusses books by local author/illustrators Jerry and Gloria Pinkney on her TV Show "Dear Sandy."

Assemblywoman Sandy Galef hosts husband and wife illustrating team Jerry and Gloria Jean Pinkney of Cortlandt on her television show “Dear Sandy.” Galef and the Pinkneys discuss what is behind the success of the Pinkney’s amazing illustrations.

The Pinkneys have illustrated and written over a hundred children’s and adult books, and Jerry Pinkney has just won the Caldecott Medal for best children’s illustrator of 2010. During this interview they explore what makes them choose a book to illustrate, and how they incorporate their African American heritage into their work. The discussion covers a variety of other topics, such as dyslexia, family, motivation, and how they became such successful children’s book illustrators.

Jerry Pinkney has received over seventy five awards since 1960. In addition to books, he has designed postage stamps, worked on the African American Center Burial Ground in New York City, produced publicity documents for the local Harry Chapin Run in Croton, and designed the White House Christmas decor in Washington for the Bushes, to name but a few of his other pursuits.

“It is exciting to chat with the ‘first family of children's book publishing' and to have them share what has contributed to their enormous success,” said Galef. “I know that my constituents and I are proud to call the Pinkneys our neighbors.”

To learn more, tune in to cable television at the following dates and times.

“Writing & Illustrating from Life Experiences” airs as follows:

Fridays, January 14, 21, 28 & February 4
at 9:00 P.M. on
Ossining and Peekskill Channel 15
(Briarcliff, Ossining, Scarborough, Buchanan, Cortlandt, Croton, Garrison, Montrose, Peekskill, Philipstown South, Verplanck)

at 8:30 P.M. on
Yorktown Channel 74
(Lake Peekskill, Putnam Valley)
Wappingers Falls Channel 21
(Cold Spring, Philipstown North)

Fridays, January 14, 21 & 28
at 7:30 pm
Carmel, Kent, Mahopac & Putnam Valley Channel 8

Verizon FiOS Customers
Please check your local listings for specific air times.