Dear Benjamin Banneker

By Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
(Voyager Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780152018924, 32pp.)

Publication Date: September 1998

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Benjamin Banneker was born free when most blacks in this country were still enslaved. But it troubled him that not all blacks were free. An accomplished astronomer and mathematician, he decided to take a stand against slavery by writing to then-Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson. This is the story of their extraordinary correspondence.




About the Author
Andrea Davis Pinkney is the "New York Times" best-selling author of several books for young readers, including the novel "Bird in a Box", a Today Show Al Roker Book Club for Kids pick, and "Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America, "winner of the Coretta Scott King Author Award. Additional works include the""Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Honor book "Duke Ellington, " illustrated by her husband, Brian Pinkney; and "Let It Shine: Stories of Black Women Freedom Fighters, " a Coretta Scott King Honor book and winner of the Carter G. Woodson Award. Andrea Davis Pinkney lives in New York City.

Acclaimed artist Brian Pinkney is the illustrator of several highly-praised picture books including "The Faithful Friend, In the Time of the Drums", and "Duke Ellington". He is a graduate of the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and holds a master's degree in illustration from the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He lives in Brooklyn, New York with his wife Andrea, with whom he often collaborates, and his two children. His and Andrea's latest collaboration, "Sit-In: How Four Friends Stood Up by Sitting Down", was on "the New York Times" bestseller list for three weeks.

Brian has won numerous awards including two Caldecott Honors, four Coretta Scott King Honors and a Coretta Scott King Award, and the Boston Globe/Horn Book Award. He has been exhibited at The Art Institute of Chicago, Cedar Rapids Museum of Art, The Detroit Institute of Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art, The School of Visual Arts, and The Society of Illustrators.

He has been published by Greenwillow Books, Hyperion Books for Young Readers, Harcourt Children's Books, Simon & Schuster, and Random House. His work has also appeared in "New York Times Magazine, Women's Day, Business Tokyo, Ebony Man", and "Instructor".

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