November 17, 2017

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Writer and Artist Kate Duke Dies at 57

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.

Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

Sue Townsend, Author of the ‘Original Bridget Jones’ Series, Passes Away at 68

Sue Townsend, author of the wildly popular British YA “Adrian Mole” book series, died April 10 in Leicester, England after a stroke. She was 68 years old.

Children’s Book Author and Toymaker Tim Kehoe Dies at 43

Timothy Kehoe, author of The Unusual Mind of Vincent Shadow and its sequel The Top Secret Toys died unexpectedly in St. Paul, Minnesota at age 43 on February 27, reports the Star Tribune.

Children’s Book Author Phyllis Krasilovsky Dies at 87

Phyllis Krasilovsky, an author of books for young children illustrated artists including Barbara Cooney and Peter Spier, died on February 26 in Redding, Connecticut at the age of 87.

Memorial Service for E. L. Konigsburg Held at Metropolitan Museum

Friends and family of E. L. Konigsburg gathered at the Metropolitan Museum of Art to celebrate her life and work on February 21. The memorial took place in the museum’s Patron’s Lounge over looking a snowy Central Park in NYC.

Lillian Morrison, Librarian and Poet, Dies at 96

Lillian Morrison, a noted librarian, poet and anthologist whose books included ‘Yours Till Niagara Falls,’ died on Monday, January 27 at the age of 96.

Betty Ren Wright Frederiksen, Children’s Mystery Author, Dies at 86

Betty Ren Wright Frederiksen, award-winning author of numerous ghost stories and mysteries for children, died in Racine, WI, on December 31, 2013. She was 86.

In Memoriam 2013

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.

Ned Vizzini, Young Adult Author and Screenwriter, Dies at 32

Award-winning young adult author and screenwriter Ned Vizzini died Thursday, December 19, in New York City. He was 32. According to the LA Times, the NYC medical examiner reports the cause as suicide. He will be remembered as a passionate and talented storyteller, his colleagues and fans say.

Lila Perl, Children’s Book Author, Dies at 92

Lila Perl, author of the award-winning children’s book Four Perfect Pebbles: A Holocaust Story , has died at the age of 92, according to her editor at IG Publishing. The prolific author was renowned for her strong female characters and, in later years, for her nonfiction titles.

Charlotte Zolotow, Distinguished Children’s Book Editor and Author, Dies at 98

Charlotte Zolotow—the distinguished children’s book editor, poet, and award-winning author of more than 70 books for young readers—died on Tuesday, November 19, in her home in Hastings-on-Hudson, NY. She was 98.

Barbara Park, ‘Junie B. Jones’ Author, Dies at 66

Barbara Park, creator of the loveable and impish children’s book character Junie B. Jones, died on November 15 after a long battle with ovarian cancer. She was 66.

Ann Jonas, Award-Winning Children’s Book Creator, Dies at 81

Ann Jonas, award-winning writer and illustrator of numerous children’s books, died September 29 in Rhinebeck, NY. She is perhaps best known for Round Trip, which was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.

Lloyd Moss, Children’s Book Author and Radio Host, Dies at 86

Classical music radio host Lloyd Moss, who transferred his love of music to several acclaimed children’s books, including the Caldecott Honoree Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin! (S&S, 1995), died on August 3 in Westchester County, NY. He was 86.

Marc Simont, Beloved Caldecott Medalist, Dies at 97

Acclaimed children’s book creator Marc Simont, who illustrated nearly 100 children’s books, died on Saturday, July 13. He was 97. His many honors include a Caldecott Medal for the art in Janice May Udry’s A Tree is Nice, and Caldecott Honors for illustrating Ruth Krauss’s The Happy Day, and his own The Stray Dog.

Barbara Robinson, ‘Best Christmas Pageant Author,’ Dies at 85

Barbara Robinson, author of the now-classic children’s novel The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Harper, 1972), died on July 9, 2013. She was 85. The book was named an ALA Notable Children’s book and received the Georgia Children’s Book Award, the Indiana’s Young Hoosier Book Award, and Minnesota’s Maud Hart Lovelace Book Award.

Holly Meade, Artist and Kids’ Book Author/Illustrator, Dies at 56

Holly Louise Meade, an artist and award-winning children’s book author and illustrator, died on June 28, 2013, at Blue Hill Memorial Hospital near her home in Sedgwick, ME, the local Newburyport Daily News has reported. She was 56.

Elaine Landau, Prolific Nonfiction Kids’ Author, Dies at 65

Elaine Landau, author of more than 300 books that supported schools’ curriculum and children’s quest for information, died on June 29 in Miami, FL, due to complications from autoimmune disease. She was 65. Her death was announced by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI), Florida.

Author/Illustrator Bernard Waber, Lyle the Crocodile Creator, Dies at 91

Author/illustrator Bernard Waber, creator of the iconic character Lyle the crocodile and more than two dozen picture books for children, died on May 16 after a long illness. He was 88.