Many wonderful authors, illustrators, and other dedicated professionals in the world of children’s literature and libraries passed away in 2013. Their work has enriched our lives and collections and brought joy to countless children. School Library Journal regrets any omissions. Please add to our list in the comments section.
January 8: Antonio Frasconi, 93, award-winning children’s book creator and illustrator who is best known for his woodcuts.
January 23: Jan Ormerod, 66, British author and illustrator of many books for young children.
January 31: Diane Wolkstein, 70, acclaimed storyteller, folklorist and author.
March 12: Nancy Wood, 76, award-winning poet, author, and photographer.
March 20: eva efron, 66, New York school librarian and school library advocate.
April 15: Carolyn Feller Bauer, 77, librarian, educator, and champion of children’s literature.
April 19: E.L. Konigsburg, 83, Newbery medalist for From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and author of 18 other books.
April 28: Fredrick McKissack, 73, author, with his wife Patricia, ofmore than a hundred books for children capturing the black American experience.
May 16: Bernard Waber, 91, creator of the iconic character Lyle the crocodile and more than two dozen picture books for children.
June 9: Anna Held Audette, teacher and artist.
June 28: Holly Meade, 56, artist and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator.
June 29: Elaine Landau, 65, author of more than 300 books that supported schools’ curriculum.
July 3: Madeleine Comora, 50, coauthor of the multi-award-winning picture book George Washington’s Teeth and of Rembrandt & Titus: Artist & Son.
July 9: Barbara Robinson, 85, author of the popular kid’s novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.
July 10: Bobbye S. Goldstein, 93, author of Bear in Mind illustrated by William Pene du Bois and Mother Goose on the Loose.
July 13: Marc Simont, 97, 1956 Caldecott medalist for the picture book A Tree is Nice.
August 3: Lloyd Moss, 86, classical music radio host, who transferred his love of music to several acclaimed children’s books including the Caldecott Honoree Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin!
September 29: Ann Jonas, 81 award-winning writer and illustrator of numerous children’s books, including Round Trip.
November 15: Barbara Park, 66, creator of the loveable and impish children’s book character Junie B. Jones.
November 19: Charlotte Zolotow, 98, children’s book editor, poet, and award-winning author.
December 4: Lila Perl, 92, author of the award-winning children’s book Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story.
December 19: Ned Vizzini, 32, award-winning young adult author and screenwriter.