Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Rest in Peace Part 3--Children's Literature

We lost a lot of talented people in 2012. Children's authors, non-fiction writers, poets, and novelists. Over the next few weeks we will highlight some of their works and mourn the passing of some really wonderful people. This week we are focusing on the losses in the children's literature field.

Jose Aruego--(1932-2012)--he was a Filipino author and illustrator.   He was known for his drawings of amusing animals.  He died on his 80th birthday in New York City.

Jan Berenstain--(1923-2012)--she was the co-creator with her husband Stan (1923-2005) of the series the Berenstain Bears.  She was 88.

Leo Dillon--(1933-2012)--he along with his wife Diane, were an American team of illustrators.  They are the only two individuals to have won two consecutive Caldecott Medals.

Jean Craighead George--(1919-2012)--she was an American author of over 100 books for young adults.  She is best known for her Newbery Medal winning Julie of the Wolves and Newbery Honor book My Side of the Mountain.

Ellen Levine--(1939-2012)--was an American author whose books told stories of immigrants, slaves, and the fight for social justice.  She was a lawyer and producer for CBS documentaries before writing more than 20 books.

Margaret Mahy--(1936-2012)--she was a New Zealand author who wrote for both children and young adults.  She is one of only seven authors to have won two Carnegie Medals in Literature.  She was a librarian before becoming a full-time writer.

Jean Merrill--(1923-2012)--she was an American editor and author.  Her best-known book is The Pushcart War.  She died in Vermont at age 89.

Maurice Sendak--(1928-2012)--he was an American writer and illustrator.  The New York Times called him "the most important children's book artist of the 20th century."  He was best known for his award-winning book Where the Wild Things Are.

Donald J. Sobol--(1924-2012)--he was an American award-winning writer best known for his children's  Encyclopedia Brown mystery series.  He wrote more than 65 books.

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