McKissack’s impact on the realm of literature, her devotion to her husband, and her captivating laugh are remembered by those closest to her.
The 50-year-old author and illustrator requested, instead of a funeral service, that people read to a child.
The work of this prolific producer of audiovisual materials adapted from award-winning children’s books had been translated into more than 20 languages.
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, 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.
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, a unique brand of novelist who captivated audiences on both sides of the Atlantic, passed away on his 88th birthday.
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, 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.
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.
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?
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, best known for her middle-grade mystery The Egypt Game, died on October 8. She was 87.
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.
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.
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.