In Memory: Rebecca Bond

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author-illustrator Rebecca Bond died in August while Cynsations was on summer hiatus.

Obituary: Rebecca Bond by Emily Kantor from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Rebecca Bond, who created 10 books for young readers, died on August 2 after a brief illness. She was 45.

“Bond was named a PW Flying Start in 1999 for her debut picture book,

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In Memory: Michael Bond

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Author Michael Bond died in June while Cynsations was on summer hiatus.

Obituary: Michael Bond by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Bond, widely known for his books starring the duffle-coat-donning Paddington bear, died at his home in London following a brief illness. He was 91.”

Veronica Horwell wrote in The Guardian of Paddington’s beginnings.

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In Memory: Jill McElmurry

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

 Author-illustrator Jill McElmurry died in August while Cynsations was on summer hiatus.

Obituary: Jill McElmurry by Jill Kantor from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Acclaimed children’s book author and illustrator Jill McElmurry…died of breast cancer on August 3, at her home in Taos, N.M. She was 62 years old.

“…McElmurry illustrated more than 20 picture books, of which she also wrote four.

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In Memory: Patricia C. McKissack

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Patricia C. McKissack, honored children’s author from Chesterfield, dies at 72 by Jane Henderson
from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Peek: “…’I think my mother died of a broken heart.’ Fredrick McKissack Jr. said his mother and father were ‘best friends and partners.’”

Before becoming an author, Patricia earned a master’s degree from Webster’s University and taught English at a junior high school in Kirkwood,

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In Memory: Amy Krouse Rosenthal

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, Children’s Author and Filmmaker, Dies at 51 by Sam Roberts from the New York Times. In addition to 28 children’s books and two memoirs, she also wrote many essays, including the recent You May Want to Marry My Husband, published just 10 days before her death. When her obituary was published March 13, 2017, the Times reported it had been read online 4.5 million times.

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In Memory: Josanne La Valley

Compiled by Gayleen Rabakukk

Josanne La Valley obituary from The New York Times.

Peek: “Josanne received degrees from St. Lawrence University, Smith College and Vermont College of Fine Arts. She worked in arts management and as a professional musician before she turned to writing.”

A few members of the children’s literature community shared their thoughts about Josanne.

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In Memory: Anna Dewdney

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Anna Dewdney Dies; Author of ‘Llama Llama’ Books Was 50 from the New York Times.

Anna illustrated a number of books in the 1990s, then became an author/illustrator with the publication of Llama, Lama Red Pajama (Viking, 2005). Since then, Llama Llama and his Mama have appeared in 18 additional titles and sold more than 10 million copies. Continue Reading In Memory: Anna Dewdney »

In Memory: Tom Shefelman

By Gayleen Rabakukk

Austin architect contributed modernist buildings to city’s landscape by Michael Barnes from The Austin American Statesman. Peek:

Thomas ‘Tom’ Shefelman, who helped design several of Austin’s outstanding modernist buildings…. Seattle-born Shefelman, a graduate of the University of Texas School of Architecture and the Harvard Graduate School of Design, also illustrated children’s books and painted watercolor scenes from his travels,

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In Memory: Paul Goble

Compiled by Gayleen Rabakukk

Author Paul Goble, Dead at 83
(Rapid City Journal, Jan. 5, 2017). 

Paul Goble’s work – writing, illustrating, or both – were included in more than 40 books.

In 1979, he won the Caldecott Medal for The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses (Simon & Schuster, 1978).

Peek: “’The
world of children’s literature is poorer for his loss, and the world in

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In Memory: Yumi Heo

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Obituary: Yumi Heo by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “[Henry] Holt’s Laura Godwin shared this remembrance:

Yumi was extremely gracious, enthusiastic, and inquisitive,’ she said. ‘I loved the way she incorporated ‘mistakes’ into her art rather than erasing or deleting them.

“If she drew a squiggle where she hadn’t intended, it would show up in the final art as a tree or a rabbit or whatever struck her fancy.

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