Saturday, November 9, 2013

Children's Book Friends that we have lost in the Year 2013

Charlotte Zolotow
Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro was born in Norfolk, Va., on June 26, 1915. She died on Tuesday, November 19, 2013 at her home in Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y. She was 98.

Among Ms. Zolotow’s most famous titles are “Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present” (1962), the story of a girl’s search for a gift for her mother, with tender, quasi-Impressionist illustrations by a young Maurice Sendak; “My Grandson Lew” (1974), illustrated by William Pène du Bois, about a grandparent’s death; and “William’s Doll” (1972), illustrated by Mr. du Bois, about a boy who, despite his father’s embarrassed reluctance, realizes his wish to have a doll. That story was adapted as a song (with lyrics by Mary Rodgers and music by Sheldon Harnick), recorded in 1972 on the popular children’s album “Free to Be ... You and Me.”

As an editor, Ms. Zolotow worked at Harper & Brothers, which became Harper & Row (now HarperCollins Publishers), where she presided over her own imprint, Charlotte Zolotow Books.
The celebrated writers on her roster included M. E. Kerr (author of the 1986 novel “Night Kites” and the 1983 autobiography “Me, Me, Me, Me, Me”); Karla Kuskin (“The Philharmonic Gets Dressed,” 1982); and Patricia MacLachlan, whose 1985 novella for Ms. Zolotow, “Sarah, Plain and Tall,” about a mail-order bride newly arrived on the American prairie, won a Newbery Medal, the country’s highest honor for children’s writing.


Barbara Park
Barbara Lynne Tidswell was born on April 21, 1947, in Mount Holly Township, N.J.  She died Friday, November 15, 2013 at her home in Scottsdale, AZ.  She was only 66.  

Barbara Park's children’s books starring Junie B. Jones, a 6-year-old dispenser of abundant opinions, Runyonesque wisecracks and dubious syntax, have sold tens of millions of copies and delighted all but the most grammatically puritanical grown-ups.

Junie B., First Grader: Turkeys We Have Loved and Eaten (and Other Thankful Stuff)


Ann Jonas
Ann Jonas, author and illustrator, died in Rhinebeck, N.Y., on September 29, 2013 at the age of 81. Born in Flushing, Jonas attended The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, where she met her future husband, Donald Crews. 

In the late 1970s, Crews began writing and illustrating children’s books and convinced Ann to follow suit several years later. She published her first picture book, When You Were a Baby, in 1982. Her books include Round Trip (1983), an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, Aardvarks, Disembark! (1990), and Bird Talk (1999).

“I’ve been trying to explore other ways of stretching children’s imaginations,” said Jonas of her work. “I find myself drawn more and more often to designing books that involve some sort of visual play. It seems like a wonderful opportunity to encourage children to look at familiar things in different ways while offering the appeal of a game or a puzzle. If I can also deal, even only lightly, with some of a child’s deeper concerns, then I feel that I’ve served him or her as well as I can.”

Round Trip
by Ann Jonas


Lloyd Moss   
Lloyd Moss was a classical music radio announcer for WQXR and retired in 2006. In the 1990s, Moss began writing books for children, starting with Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin, an introduction to the instruments of a chamber orchestra (1995, Simon & Schuster), and followed by Our Marching Band and Music Is.  He spent his childhood in Brooklyn, New York and began announcing for the Armed Forces Radio in Seoul, Korea in the 1940s.  He died at his home in Croton-on-Hudson on August 3, 2013.

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

by Lloyd Moss
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman


Marc Simont   
Marc Simont was born in Paris to Catalan parents on November 23, 1915.  He died on July 13, 2013 at his home in Cornwall, Conn. 
He was 97.  Mr. Simont received the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for 
“A Tree Is Nice,” written by Janice May Udry.  He received the Caldecott Honor Award for both "The Happy Day” by Ruth Krauss (1949) and “The Stray Dog,” based on a story by Reiko Sassa, published in 2001.


Barbara Robinson   
Barbara Jean Webb was born on October 24, 1927, in Portsmouth, Ohio. She was an only child. Her father, Theodore, died when she was 3.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in theater at Allegheny College.  “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” is an expanded version of a story she wrote for McCall’s Magazine in 1971.  She died July 9, 2013 at her home in Berwyn, Pennsylvania. 

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

By Barbara Robinson
Pictures by Judith Gwyn Brown


Holly Meade   
Holly Louise Meade was born Sept. 14, 1956, in Winchester, Mass.  She passed away Friday, June 28, 2013.  She was only 56.  Holly lived in Sedgwick, Maine, where she worked as an artist and children's book illustrator.  In 1978, Holly completed a BFA in Painting from Rhode Island School of Design. She received the Caldecott Honor Award for Hush! A Thai Lullaby.

Hush! A Thai Lullaby

By Minfong Ho
Pictures by Holly Meade

These illustrations were created 
with cut paper collage and ink


Vineyard Gazette file photo by Mark Lovewell
Carol Carrick
Carol Hatfield was born May 20, 1935 in Plainfield, NJ., and died June 6, 2013 in Martha's Vineyard Hospital. She lived in West Tisbury, Massachusetts.

The Foundling

By Carol Carrick
Pictures by her husband, Donald Carrick


Bernard Waber  
Bernard Waber was born on Sept. 27, 1921, in Philadelphia and died on May 16, 2013 at his home in Baldwin, N.Y. He was 91.


Fredrick L. McKissack    
Fredrick Lemuel McKissack was born on Aug. 12, 1939, in Nashville. He died on April 28, 2013 in Chesterfield, Mo., a St. Louis suburb. He was 73. He wrote with his wife, Patricia C. McKissack, and among their over 100 titles is “Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters,” which won the Coretta Scott King Author Award in 1995.

Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters

By Patricia C. McKissack and Fredrick L. McKissack
Illustrated by John Thompson


E. L. Konigsburg   
Elaine Lobl was born Feb. 10, 1930, in Manhattan. She died on April 19, 2013 in Falls Church, Virginia.  Mrs. Konigsburg was the only author to ever win both the Newbery Medal and the Newbery Honor Award in the same year.

From the Mixed-Up files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

Written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth 
Written and illustrated by E. L. Konigsburg

These entries are arranged in descending order according to the date of death

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