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July 6, 2015

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Acclaimed Author Judith St. George Dies at 81

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Judith St. George, known for her historical works and mysteries, died June 10 at 81. Her more than 40 works include the Caldecott-winning So You Want to Be President?

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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Floyd Dickman, who served on several committees during his membership in the Association for Library Service to Children and was a vital member of the library community, died on June 14.

Three-Time Caldecott Winner Marcia Brown Dies at 96

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Celebrated author and illustrator Marcia Brown, whose illustrious career was marked by three Caldecott wins and six Caldecott Honors, died on April 28 at her home in Laguna Hills, CA, due to complications from congestive heart failure. She was 96.

Celebrated YA Author Ellen Conford Dies at 73

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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.

“Discworld” Author Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

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Beloved fantasy author Terry Pratchett, best known for his “Discworld” novels, died at age 66 on March 12, following a long battle with Alzheimer’s.

Award-Winning YA Author Mal Peet Dies at 67

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

“Harry the Dirty Dog” Illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham Dies at 94

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Beloved children’s book illustrator Margaret Bloy Graham, best known for her “Harry the Dirty Dog” series, died January 22 at age 94 in Cambridge, MA.

Celebrated Author and Illustrator Bonnie Christensen Dies at 63

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Author and illustrator Bonnie Christensen, whose picture books took on subjects as varied as the Silk Road, Pompeii, and gardening, died on January 12 in Williston, VT, due to ovarian cancer.

Folklore Author Robert San Souci Dies at 68

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Acclaimed folklore author Robert San Souci, best known for his Caldecott-honored The Talking Eggs: A Folktale from the American South, died December 19 following a head injury resulting from a fall. He was 68.

“Clifford the Big Red Dog” Creator Norman Bridwell Dies at 86

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“The magic of…Clifford is that children can see themselves in this big dog who tries very hard to be good, but is somewhat clumsy and always bumping into things and making mistakes,” said Dick Robinson, Scholastic’s CEO.

Three-time Newbery Honoree Zilpha Keatley Snyder Dies at 87

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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

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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.

“Bloody Jack” Author Louis A. Meyer Jr. Passes at 71

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The artist and author’s “Bloody Jack” books star a feisty London orphan girl who dresses as a boy, changes her name from Mary to Jacky, and finds work on a ship.

Educator and Library Leader Kay E. Vandergrift Dies at 73

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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

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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.

‘Freaky Friday’ Author Mary Rodgers Dies at 83

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Mary Rodgers, author of the classic Freaky Friday and composer, died on June 26 at age 83 following a long illness.

‘Annie on My Mind’ Author Nancy Garden Dies at Age 76

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Award-winning author Nancy Garden, best known for the classic—and sometimes controversial—novel Annie on My Mind, one of the first YA titles to depict a lesbian relationship, died of a heart attack June 23 at age 76.

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

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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

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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.

Writer and Artist Kate Duke Dies at 57

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Kate Duke was known for her illustrated concept books featuring guinea pigs, including ‘One Guinea Pig Is Not Enough,’ which introduced young readers to counting.