Caldecott Winner Ed Young Dies at 91

Young won the prestigious Caldecott Medal in 1990 for Lon Po Po, which he also wrote.

Caldecott Medal winner Ed Young died on September 29 at age 91.

Literacy agency McIntosh & Otis released a statement announcing his death, tweeting: "We’re sharing today with heavy hearts that our longtime esteemed client Ed Young has died at 91. A Caldecott Medalist, Mr. Young was best known for his retellings of folktales and legends from his homeland of China."

Ed Young. Photo credit: Gina M. Randaz

The illustrator of more than 100 books, Young won the Caldecott in 1990 for Lon Po Po, a Chinese version of Little Red Riding Hood, which he also wrote.

Nikki Grimes tweeted a photo of her book Tai Chi Morning: Snapshots from China, which Young illustrated, with this: "Sad to hear of the passing of Ed Young, an extraordinary talent. I remember being stunned and excited when he agreed to illustrate this book! As it turned out, we’d both been in China around the same time. Our pairing felt like a divine appointment. He will be missed by many.”

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Children's author Bruce Hale tweeted, "So sorry to hear of Ed Young's passing. Another children's book great is gone. I recall seeing him speak when I was a prepublished wannabe, and I was touched by his kindness, gentility, and talent. #RIP

Read the full obituary from McIntosh& Otis below.


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