Thanks for Annie, Nancy.

AnnieOnMyMind 198x300 Thanks for <i>Annie</i>, Nancy.I was very sorry to read that Nancy Garden died on Monday. While she wrote in just about every children’s-book genre there is, it’s Annie on My Mind that made her immortal, and led to her parallel, equally admirable, career as a defender of intellectual freedom in libraries and communities across the nation.

The first starred review I ever wrote was for Annie, for SLJ back in 1982. I revisited the book twenty-five years later for the Horn Book.

share save 171 16 Thanks for <i>Annie</i>, Nancy.
Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.


  1. Very sorry to hear this news. Such loving memories you have of her and her work.

  2. I adored ANNIE ON MY MIND. One of the best love stories in our field. I’m very sorry Nancy won’t be with us to continue to write her wonderful books. Too many losses, too much sadness. Walter Dean Myers. They were both too young.

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