May 25, 2017

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Patricia McKissack, Beloved Award-Winning Author, Passes Away

McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.

Anna Dewdney, Creator of “Llama Llama” Series, Dies

The 50-year-old author and illustrator requested, instead of a funeral service, that people read to a child.

Morton Schindel, Founder of Weston Woods Studios, Dies at 98

The work of this prolific producer of audiovisual materials adapted from award-winning children’s books had been translated into more than 20 languages.

Trailblazing Author Lois Duncan Dies at 82

Lois Duncan, one of the best-loved authors of teen suspense novels, continued in her craft even after personal tragedy.

YA Author Louise Rennison Dies

Rennison, best known for the wildly popular “Confessions of Georgia Nicholson” series, was as beloved in the U.S. as in her native England.

Larry Romans, Hero of LGBTQ Literature for Young People, Dies at 68

Larry Romans, beloved as a staunch advocate for quality books for young people relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender experience, passed away on January 28, 2016 after a battle with cancer.

In Memoriam 2015

Our annual tribute to those we lost this past year, notables who not only contributed to the community but helped to define it with their literary, scholarly, and artistic accomplishments.

Peter Dickinson Dies at 88

Peter Dickinson, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.

Two-Time Caldecott Honoree Vera B. Williams Dies at 88

Acclaimed author and illustrator, whose picture books A Chair for My Mother and “More More More,” Said the Baby were Caldecott Honors, died Friday, October 16.

Barbara Carle, Cofounder of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, Has Died at 76

Barbara Carle, an educator who served as the first board chair of the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, died on September 7 in North Carolina, following a brief illness. She was 76.

“Stone Soup” Author Ann McGovern Dies at 85

Best known for her retelling of Stone Soup, children’s book author Ann McGovern wrote more than 40 other published works, tackling subjects including history, poetry, and biographies.

Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 84

Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 84. Her more than 40 works include the Caldecott-winning So You Want to Be President?

Celebrated YA Author Ellen Conford Dies at 73

Celebrated YA author Ellen Conford, who wrote more than 30 books, including the “Annabel the Actress” and “Jenny Archer” series. died March 20 on her 73rd birthday.

Award-Winning YA Author Mal Peet Dies at 67

Award-winning English author Mal Peet, best known for his YA novels, including Keeper, Tamar, and Exposure, died March 2 at age 67.

Three-time Newbery Honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at 87

Three-time Newbery honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder, best known for her middle-grade mystery The Egypt Game, died on October 8. She was 87.

Award-Winning Author Elaine Marie Alphin Dies at 58

Elaine Marie Alphin, a celebrated and award-winning children’s book and young adult writer, died August 19, following a long illness. She was 58.

Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

An esteemed educator and leader in the field of children’s and young adult literature, Kay E. Vandergrift was also an early web innovator, using her site to connect and inform educators.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

“Spot the Dog” Author and Illustrator Eric Hill Passes at 86

Eric Hill, author and illustrator of the “Spot the Dog” books, died on June 6 at the age of 86 following a short illness.

Beloved Children’s Book Editor Frances Foster Dies at 83

Renowned children’s book editor Frances Foster, who worked with illustrious authors including Roald Dahl, Louis Sachar, Peter Sís, died June 8 at age 83.