Jerry Pinkney, award-winning illustrator, dies at 81

  • This combination of book cover images shows “The Tortoise & The Hare,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “The Lion and the Mouse,” by Caldecott Medalist Jerry Pinkney. (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers/via AP)

NEW YORK — Jerry Pinkney, a prize-winning children’s book illustrator known for his richly textured images of Black life, fables and fairy tales in works ranging from “The Lion and the Mouse” to “The Sunday Outing,” has died.