Assemblywoman Sandy Galef Hosts Husband and Wife Illustrating Team, Jerry and Gloria Jean Pinkney, on Her Television Show, “Dear Sandy”

January 4, 2010

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

“It is exciting to chat with the ‘first family of children book publishing and to have you share what has contributed to your enormous success,” said Galef. “I and my constituents are proud to call you 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.