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StoryMakers with Andrea Davis Pinkney A POEM FOR PETER

StoryMakers | Andrea Davis Pinkney

In this episode of StoryMakers, Rocco talks to Andrea Davis Pinkney about her picture book biography: A POEM FOR PETER. Learn the history of Ezra Jack Keats and celebrate his 100th birthday while enjoying a beautiful narrative and inspiring illustrations. Andrea discusses the Red Mitten Project with First Book, a nonprofit organization dedicated to giving books to children in need and even mentions the lovely animated short, A Snowy Day, that aired on Amazon. By the end of the episode, Rocco surprises Andrea with a Peter plush toy from MerryMakers, the perfect companion to join you for your next story time!

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A Poem for Peter
Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Steve Johnson & Lou Fancher
For more than two decades, Ezra had kept pinned to his wall a series of photographs of an adorable African American child. In Keats’s hands, the boy morphed into Peter, a boy in a red snowsuit, out enjoying the pristine snow; the book became The Snowy Day, winner of the Caldecott Medal, the first mainstream book to feature an African American child. It was also the first of many books featuring Peter and the children of his and Keats’s neighborhood. Andrea Davis Pinkney’s lyrical narrative tells the inspiring story of a boy who pursued a dream, and who, in turn, inspired generations of other dreamers.

Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
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.


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.

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Executive Producer: Julie Gribble
DP: Alex Swerdlowe
Editor: Tiisetso Dladla
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