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Brian Pinkney

$16.99 US | $19.99 CAN
Available Feb. 3, 2010

  • Genre: Juvenile Nonfiction
  • Age Range: 6 & up
  • Grade Level: 1-17
  • Pages: 40
  • Dimensions: 9" x 11-3/4"
  • ISBN-13: 9780316070164

  About The Book

It was February 1, 1960.
They didn't need menus. Their order was simple.
A doughnut and coffee, with cream on the side.

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 uses poetic, powerful prose to tell the story of these four young men, who followed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s words of peaceful protest and dared to sit at the "whites only" Woolworth's lunch counter. Brian Pinkney embraces a new artistic style, creating expressive paintings filled with emotion that mirror the hope, strength, and determination that fueled the dreams of not only these four young men, but also countless others.



Praise for Sit-In:
"Food-related wordplay adds layers to the free verse... [and] at the core of the exciting narrative are scenes that show the difficulty of facing hatred... Even young children will grasp the powerful, elemental, and historic story of those who stood up to oppressive authority and changed the world." - Booklist (starred review)

Praise for Duke Ellington:
* "The husband-and-wife team captures the spirit of an individual, an era and a musical style." - PW (starred review)

"Brian Pinkney's ... paintings are a harmonious complement to Andrea Pinkney's text ...  It is the blending of words, symbols, and pictures that bring this subject to life." - SLJ

A Caldecott Honor Book.

A Coretta Scott King Honor Book.

Praise for Ella Fitzgerald
"The prose is jazzy and rhythmic in the voice of a hipster, and it's expertly illustrated... " - Kirkus

"This beautifully rendered tribute to the "Vocal Virtuosa" will be a welcome addition in all libraries." - SLJ

* "A `skippity-hop-doo-dee-bop' picture book."
- PW

Praise for Boycott Blues
"Color and movement are vibrant components in this extraordinary book about Rosa Parks's efforts to take down Jim Crow. Text and illustration work in perfect sync.... Children unfamiliar with the historic events of the period will find the tale uplifting and memorable, and for librarians, teachers, and parents, this story will read aloud well, mesmerizing listeners." - SLJ

A Parents' Choice Recommended Book.

—School Library Journal


Pinkney, Andrea (1521634)

Andrea Davis Pinkney is the bestselling and award-winning author of many books for children, including Bird in a Box, Sit -In, Hand in Hand, and Martin & Mahalia.

Shane W. Evans is the illustrator of many books for young readers, including the Coretta Scott King award winner Underground: Finding the Light to Freedom.