Myles C. Pinkney

Myles Pinkney, along with his wife Sandra Pinkney, is the creator of the NAACP Image Award winning Shades of Black, along with A Rainbow All Around Me, and Read and Rise, a collaboration with the National Urban League.

Myles illustrated each title in a dazzling multicultural photo essay style. They show the diversity of skin color and other characteristics of African American children, and feature appearances by their own children, Myles ("Leon"), Charnelle-Rene and Rashad.

Myles Pinkney is a free-lance photographer who, in addition to collaborating with his wife, has illustrated books by celebrated children's author, Nikki Grimes. Myles graduated from Marist College with a BA in communications; however he has been studying photography since he was a child.

Myles and Sandra Pinkney live in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Interest Level (Age)

  1. Ages 1 - 3 (1)
  2. Ages 4 - 6 (1)

Interest Level (Grade)

  1. Grades PreK - K (1)


Subject & Themes



  1. Non-Fiction (1)


  1. English (1)

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    Shades of Black: A Celebration of Our Children

    by Sandra L. Pinkney, Photographs By Myles C. Pinkney

    Ages 3 – 5 . Grades PreK – Kindergarten

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