April 20, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

“I Spy” Author Jean Marzollo Remembered for Her Generosity, Love of Words

Marzollo published more than 100 children’s books and was best known best for the “I Spy” series, a collaboration with artist and photographer Walter Wick.

Remembering Sheila Barry, Publisher of Groundwood Books

Barry, the influential and beloved publisher of Groundwood Books, died on November 15.

Remembering Dianne de Las Casas, Founder of Picture Book Month

Friends and family members gathered in Metairie, LA, to celebrate the life of de Las Casas, author, storyteller, and creator of Picture Book Month.

Paddington Bear Creator Michael Bond Dies at 91

The image of Paddington in a train station with a note pinned to his duffel coat came from Bond’s memories of seeing refugee children during World War II.

Caldecott Medalist Peter Spier Dies

Spier was known for his detailed drawings that encouraged deep looking and provided a new perspective to familiar stories, places, and songs.

Longtime ALSC Member Floyd Dickman Dies at 76

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

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.

“Discworld” Author Terry Pratchett Dies at 66

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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.

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

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

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.

‘Freaky Friday’ Author Mary Rodgers Dies at 83

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

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.