In Memory: Irving Toddy

By Bree Bender

Award-winning artist and children’s book illustrator Irving James Toddy died Nov. 25, 2020. He was 69 years old.

Obituary: Irving James Toddy from The Navajo Times. Peek: “Irving was born Feb. 4, 1951, in Ganado, Arizona, into the Bit’ahnii (Folded Arms People Clan), born for Red Streak Across Forehead (Zuni). He passed away Nov. 25, 2020, in Farmington.

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In Memory: Marianne Carus

By Bree Bender

Cricket Media editor-in-chief and founder, Marianne Carus died March 3 at age 92.

Obituary: Marianne Carus by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “The Caruses began to field requests from teachers for additional high-caliber literature, but in an even shorter format. Marianne’s research for such content sparked the idea for launching a children’s literary magazine to publish the work of contemporary writers,

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In Memory: Beverly Cleary

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Beverly Cleary, beloved, iconic, award-winning author died on March 25 in Carmel, California. She was 104.

Obituary: Beverly Cleary from Publishers Weekly by Shannon Maughan. Peek: “Cleary’s desire to read funny stories about kids like herself is something that drove her as she eventually became an avid reader, and later, a librarian, and author.”

Beverly Cleary, beloved author who chronicled schoolyard scrapes and feisty kids,

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In Memory: Norton Juster

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Norton Juster, beloved author, died on March 8 at his home in Northampton, Massachusetts after complications from a stroke. He was 91.

Obituary: Norton Juster from Publishers Weekly by Shannon Maughan. Peek: “Children’s author Norton Juster, widely praised for the wordplay in his clever and whimsical books for young readers, including the much-loved The Phantom Tollbooth, died on March 8 at his home in Northampton,

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In Memory: George Ancona

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

George Ancona, prolific author, photographer, and art director died on Jan. 1 at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico. He was 91.

Obituary: George Ancona from Publishers Weekly by Shannon Maughan. Peek: “Mexican American children’s book author, photographer, and filmmaker George Ancona, widely acclaimed for his crisp slice-of-life photoessays introducing children to new experiences or cultures, or depicting laborers doing the everyday work in a community….”

George Ancona,

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In Memory: Mitsumasa Anno

By Bree Bender

Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Mitsumasa Anno died Dec. 24, 2020. He was 94.

Obituary: Mitsumasa Anno by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “He grew up in Tsuwano, a small town surrounded by mountains, where his talent for drawing and an aptitude for mathematics began to shine, and where his dream of becoming an artist first took root.”

Artist Mitsumasa Anno is Dead at 94 by Michael Schaub from Kirkus Reviews.

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In Memory: Kathleen Krull

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Kathleen Krull, award-winning author and editor, died after a brief illness on Jan. 15. She was 68.

Author Kathleen Krull Remembered After Unexpected Death from School Library Journal. Peek: “Children’s author Kathleen Krull died unexpectedly over the weekend. Her sister-in-law announced her death on Krull’s Facebook page, sharing that Krull had been diagnosed with cancer a few months ago but the original prognosis was good.”

Obituary: Kathleen Krull by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly.

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In Memory: Virginia Buckley

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Virginia Buckley, esteemed and beloved editor, died on Oct. 21 at her home in Leonia, New Jersey. She was 91.

Obituary: Virginia Buckley from Publishers Weekly by Shannon Maughan. Peek: “Buckley was a novice editor at the publisher Thomas Y. Cromwell in 1971 when she was paired with a writer named Katherine Paterson, who had submitted the manuscript for her first novel.”

Born on May 11,

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In Memory: Sam McBratney

By Suma Subramaniam

Sam McBratney, author of nearly 70 books for children and young adults, died Sept. 18 at his home in County Antrum, Northern Ireland. He was seventy-seven.

Sam McBratney is best known as the author of the best-selling children’s book Guess How Much I Love You illustrated by Anita Jeram (Candlewick, 1994), which has sold more than 50 million copies worldwide,

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In Memory: Jennifer Lane Wilson

By Suma Subramaniam

Jennifer Lane Wilson—a beloved author, loving mother, and wife—passed away from cancer Oct. 13 in Topeka, Kansas. She was forty-eight.

Obituary: Her family and friends shared their reflections here.

As news of her death broke, Jennifer’s friends shared their reflections: Clelia Gore, Michele Helsel, Jody Jensen Shaffer,

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