In Memory: Vera B. Williams

Compiled by Cynthia Leitich Smith for Cynsations

Vera B. Williams, 88, Dies; Brought Working Class to Children’s Books by Margalit Fox from The New York Times. Peek “Vera B. Williams, a writer and illustrator for young people whose picture books centered on the lives of working-class families, a highly unusual subject when she began her work in the 1970s, died on Friday at her home in Narrowsburg, N.Y. She was 88.”

Acclaimed Children’s Author Vera Williams Passes by  Fritz Mayer for The River Reporter (“upper Delaware River Valley region”). Peek: “Williams was born in 1927…. Her parents were immigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Poland. She and her sister Naomi went to the Bronx House, a cultural and arts center started by wealthy individuals, women in particular, to help immigrant families adapt to American life.”

Vera B. Williams (1927-2015) by Martha V. Parravano from The Horn Book. Peek: “Both A Chair for My Mother and “More More More,” Said the Baby were Caldecott honor books (in 1983 and 1991, respectively), and they stand out among their fellows for their contemporary, unglossy settings, their sense of inclusiveness, and the forefronting of the loving relationships they portray.”

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