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

Award-winning
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
general,

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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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In Memory: Natalie Babbitt

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”

Tuck Everlasting

‘Tuck Everlasting’ Author Natalie Babbitt, Of Hamden, Dies At Age 84 by the Associated Press from The Hartford Courant. Peek: “Babbitt’s literary career started in 1966, when she illustrated a children’s book written by her husband and was encouraged by its editor to continue writing and illustrating children’s books herself.”

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Guest Post: Carol Lynch Williams in Memory of Rick Walton

By Carol Lynch Williams

In the early part of last year, Rick Walton, one of my best friends and a prolific picture book writer, was diagnosed with a terminal and aggressive brain tumor.

For many years before this diagnosis, Rick battled early-onset Parkinson’s disease.

Recently, the tumors returned (after a surgery that left Rick partially paralyzed) and as I write this, my friend, my hilarious,

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In Memory: Barbara Seuling

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

From Barbara Seuling’s Author Website: “…children’s book editor, author, illustrator and teacher. For several years Barbara worked as an editor for Delacorte Press and Yearling Books at Dell Publishing Company. Later, she moved to J. B. Lippincott & Co.

“As author and/or illustrator of her own books, Barbara became a featured speaker at many educational and writers’ conferences and served for many years on the Society of Children’s Book Writers &

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In Memory: Lois Duncan

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Author Lois Duncan died in June while Cynsations was on summer hiatus.

Lois Duncan Obituary: Bestselling author of fiction for young adults, including the thriller I Know What You Did Last Summer by Julia Eccleshare from The Guardian. Peek: “She was born Lois Duncan Steinmetz in Philadelphia, and grew up in Sarasota, Florida. Lois wanted to be a writer from childhood,

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In Memory: Harry Mazer

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Harry Mazer: Obituary from Legacy.com. Peek: “…died on April 7, 2016, 71 years after he leapt out of a B-17 bomber that had been shot down over Pilsen, Czechoslovakia, during the last mission of World War II.

“Harry was one of the few survivors of the crew, a story he loved to tell and re-created in a fictionalized form in his young adult novel,

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In Memory: James Cross Giblin

From Macmillan

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Obituary: James Cross Giblin by Shannon Maughan from Publishers Weekly. Peek: “Publisher, editor, and award-winning children’s book author James Cross Giblin died on Sunday, April 10, following a long illness.”

James Cross Giblin, 82, Wide-Ranging Author of Books for Children, Dies by Margalit Fox from The New York Times. Peek: “…for many years also a prominent children’s-book editor and publisher,

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In Memory: Louise Rennison

By Cynthia Leitich Smith

Louise Rennison (1951-2016), author – obituary: ‘Queen of Teen’ whose comic novels captured the horrors and occasional triumphs of adolescence from The Telegraph. Peek: “Louise Rennison, the author, who has died aged 64, was the creator of Georgia Nicolson, the 14-year-old protagonist of such young adult novels as Angus, Thongs and Full-Frontal Snogging and Startled by his Furry Shorts; the series achieved sales of 2.6 million in Britain alone.”

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