In Memory: Andrew Clements

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Andrew Clements, beloved and prolific author, died Nov. 28 in West Baldwin, Maine. He was 70.

Obituary: Andrew Clements by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Clements shared…that he credited his parents, both avid readers, with instilling a love of books and reading in him and his siblings, and noted that tech-free family summers spent at a cabin on a lake in Maine helped him ‘begin to think like a writer.’”

Frindle Author Remembered from School Library Journal.

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In Memory: Richard Jackson

By Gail Vannelli

Richard “Dick” Jackson, legendary children’s editor, publisher, and author, died Oct. 2, 2019. He was 84.

Richard Jackson, Who Had an Ear for Children’s Books, Dies at 84 by Neil Genzlinger from The New York Times. Peek: “[I]t was his work as an editor beginning in the 1960s that changed…literature for young people. At a time when many people still thought of Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys mysteries as the height of sophistication for young readers,

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In Memory: Mordicai Gerstein

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Mordicai Gerstein, Caldecott winning author and illustrator, died Sept. 24. He was 83.

Remembering Caldecott Winner Mordicai Gerstein by Kara Yorio from School Library Journal. Peek:

“‘Mordicai Gerstein was a genius, a master of both art and text,’ said Grace Maccarone, executive editor at Holiday House. ‘Mordicai wrote with humor and insight, and he painted with skill and with all his heart.’”

Obituary: Mordicai Gerstein by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly.

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In Memory: Lee Bennett Hopkins

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Lee Bennett Hopkins, celebrated and renowned poet, educator, and anthologist, died Aug. 8 in Cape Coral, Florida. He was 81.

Obituary: Lee Bennett Hopkins from The New York Times. Peek:

Mr. Hopkins was famed in the children’s book world for championing poetry as well as for the sheer volume of his output.

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In Memory: Judith Kerr

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Judith Kerr, beloved and inspirational author and illustrator, died May 22 at home after a brief illness. She was 95.

Obituary: Judith Kerr from BBC News. Peek:

“She was still producing stories and illustrations well into her 90s.

Best known for The Tiger Who Came to Tea and a series of picture books about Mog the cat,

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In Memory: Marjorie Weinman Sharmat

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Marjorie Weinman Sharmat, the author of more than 130 books for children and young adults, died on March 12 in Munster, Indiana. She was 90 years old.

She is best known for creating the young sleuth, Nate the Great (Putnam, 1972). According to a Washington Post article by Emily Langer, the books about Nate, who was named after Marjorie’s father,

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In Memory: Paul B. Janeczko

By Stephani Martinell Eaton

Paul B. Janeczko, celebrated poet and dedicated teacher, died Feb. 19. He was 73.

Obituary: Paul B. Janeczko by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek:

“Liz Bicknell, executive v-p and editorial director at Candlewick…paid tribute to the author: ‘Paul Janeczko—or PBJ, as we affectionately call him in-house—is really synonymous with Candlewick’s poetry list.

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In Memory: Patricia Hermes


By Gayleen Rabakukk

Author Patricia Hermes died July 11, while Cynsations was on hiatus. She was 82.

After writing articles for national parenting magazines and an Op-Ed piece for The New York Times, a literary agent approached Hermes about writing for children.

“Hermes promptly wrote What If They Knew (Harcourt, 1980), a middle grade novel about a girl with epilepsy—something she had suffered from in childhood—starting at a new school.

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In Memory: David R. Davis

By Gayleen Rabakukk

David R. Davis died May 24 as Cynsations was beginning summer hiatus.

Author David Davis Was a Friend, wrote Glenn Dromgoole for The Eagle. Peek:

“I’m sad to report that David Davis, one of my favorite Texas children’s authors and a good friend, died May 24… 

“David had a wonderful sense of humor and often teamed up with fellow Fort Worth children’s author Jan Peck to put on delightful programs for schools,

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In Memory: Richard Peck

By Robin Galbraith

Author Richard Peck died on May 23 in New York City. He was 84.

SCBWI Remembers Richard Peck. Peek:

“Mr. Peck was one of the giants of contemporary children’s literature. Among his many awards was the Newbery Medal in 2001 for A Year Down Yonder (Dial, 2000), a Newbery Honor in 1999 for A Long Way from Chicago (Dial,1998),…”

Remembering Author Richard Peck by Gwen Glazer from the New York Public Library.

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