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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In Memory: David Gale

 

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

David Gale, talented and beloved editor, died Oct. 9 after a long illness. He was 65.

Obituary: David Gale from Publishers Weekly. Peek:

“Children’s book editor David Gale…shaped a distinguished roster of award-winning titles and proudly championed works of LGBTQ literature….”

Children’s Publishing Remembers David Gale, Editor Who Championed LGBTQ Literature from School Library Journal.

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In Memory: Joanna Cole

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Joanna Cole, the popular and beloved creator of The Magic School Bus Series, died from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis on July 12 in Sioux City, Iowa. She was 75.

Joanna Cole, Who Imagined Fantastical Bus Rides, Dies at 75 from The New York Times. Peek: “Her ‘Magic School Bus’ children’s books were wild, and wildly popular. They were also educational.”

Obituary: Joanna Cole from Publishers Weekly by Shannon Maughan.

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In Memory: Rudolfo Anaya

By Stephani Martinell Eaton, above photo by Peter Norby

Rudolfo Anaya, groundbreaking and much-celebrated author, died after a long illness on June 28 at his home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He was 82.

Rudolfo Anaya, a Father of Chicano Literature, Dies at 82 from The New York Times. Peek: “His coming-of-age novel ‘Bless Me, Ultima’ reframed the way many in New Mexico viewed their own history,

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In Memory: Jerry Wermund

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Our deepest sympathies to the friends, family, colleagues, and readers of Texas children’s author and poet Jerry Wermund, who died July 15 at age 94. He’s pictured above at a Texas Library Association conference.

A founding member of Austin’s SCBWI chapter, Jerry was a geologist who began writing for children after retiring from the Bureau of Economic Geology at The University of Texas at Austin.

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In Memory: Kathleen Duey

By Stephani Martinell Eaton, above photo by Lisa Ratnavira

Kathleen Duey, award-winning and beloved author, teacher, and mentor died from cardiac arrest on June 26 at her home in Fallbrook, California. She was 69.

Kathleen Duey, a Mentoring Children’s Book Author, Dies at 69 from The New York Times. Peek: “A prolific writer, she published more than 75 books, including a Best Seller and a National Book Award finalist,

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In Memory: Representative John Lewis

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Representative John Lewis, Georgia congressman, icon of the civil rights movement, and award-winning author of the March trilogy (Top Shelf), died July 17. He was 80.

John Lewis, Towering Figure of Civil Rights Era, Dies at 80 by Katharine Q. Seelye from The New York Times. Peek: “Representative John Lewis,

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In Memory: Karen Blumenthal

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Our deepest sympathies to the friends, family, colleagues and readers of fellow Texas author Karen Blumenthal.

From Karen’s website bio:

“As a long-time journalist, Karen writes nonfiction for young people with the belief that nonfiction brings context to a complicated world.

“She is particularly fascinated by social change, how it happens and why.”

Obituaries

Former WSJ Bureau Chief and Columnist Karen Blumenthal Dies at 61 from The Wall Street Journal.

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In Memory: Thomas Low, Co-Founder of Lee & Low Books

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Our deepest sympathies to the friends, family, colleagues and readers of Thomas Low, co-founder of Lee & Low Books.

Obituary: Thomas Low by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek:

“Tom Low had been a successful businessman in New York heading his own temporary personnel agency when he changed course and teamed up with fellow Chinese-American businessman Philip Lee to co-found Lee &

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In Memory: Robert Kimmel Smith

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Robert Kimmel Smith, award-winning children’s author, died April 18 in Manhattan, New York of natural causes. He was 89. Since 2015, Smith had been living with Alzheimer’s disease.

Obituary: Robert Kimmel Smith by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “…known for such popular middle grade novels as Chocolate Fever (1972) and The War with Grandpa (1984) died April 18 at his home….”

Smith was born on July 31,

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