National Museum of Wildlife Art Honors Jerry Pinkney with Bull-Bransom Award

Children’s book author/illustrator Jerry Pinkney is the recipient of the inaugural Bull-Bransom Award, announced the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States, which presented the award to the artist at a July 8 ceremony in Jackson Hole, Wyo. The museum created the new annual award to recognize excellence in children’s book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus.

Pinkney was selected for the Bull-Bransom award for his 2009 picture book The Lion and the Mouse (Little Brown), a wordless retelling of the Aesop’s fable depicting a lifelike African Serengeti setting.

“The award is in the same spirit and rhythm that I had thought to do with my work,” said Pinkney about receiving the award, presented in the form of a medal featuring the heads of a bear and mountain lion by artists Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom.

Many Jerry Pinkney illustrations depict nature in vivid detail. In a video discussing his inspiration for The Lion and the Mouse, he talks about his choice of the Serengeti setting because of the region’s abundant wildlife.

Pinkney has more than 100 books to his credit. In addition to receiving the 2010 Caldecott Medal also for The Lion and the Mouse, Pinkney has received five Caldecott Honor Awards, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honor Awards. His books have been published in 14 countries and 11 languages.

The Bull-Bransom Award is named for Charles Livingston Bull and Paul Bransom, among the first American artist-illustrators to specialize in wildlife subjects. Both artists had tremendous impact on younger artists, both created children’s books, and both are well represented at the National Museum of Wildlife Art. The award will be given annually to a living North American children’s book illustrator for a book published during the previous calendar year.

A member of the Museums West consortium and accredited by the American Association of Museums, the National Museum of Wildlife Art of the United States provides an exciting calendar of exhibitions from its permanent collection and changing exhibitions from around the globe. A complete schedule is online at

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