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Obituaries

Death notices and remembrances of children's-book people.

My friend Susan

We said goodbye yesterday to a friend of mine and of the Horn Book, Susan P. Bloom. I met Susan thirty years ago, when she and Cathie Mercier invited me to teach Simmons’s Summer Children’s Literature Institute. That year’s theme, “Masquerade” was aptly borne out when Susan and Cathie Mercier picked me up at the […]

Susan P. Bloom (1938-2019)

The Horn Book office will be closed this afternoon as we attend the funeral of Susan P. Bloom, Director Emerita of the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons University. Susan was a great Friend of the Horn Book and a beloved mentor to many of us. She twice served on the Boston […]

Judith Kerr (1923-2019)

Author/illustrator Judith Kerr has passed away at the age of ninety-five. Kerr’s first book was the picture-book classic The Tiger Who Came to Tea. She is also the creator of a long-running series about Mog, the Forgetful Cat; and more recently Mister Cleghorn’s Seal, The Crocodile Under the Bed, One Night in the Zoo, and […]

For Paul Janeczko

Naomi Shihab Nye, helped out by Lynne Rae Perkins, remembers the recently departed Paul B. Janeczko. He will be missed.     For Paul Janeczko, who Changed the World We were set up to do a reading together in Portland, Maine once — HIS TOWN — and the only attendee was a dog. As we […]

In Memoriam: Jane Langton

I first met Jane in the spring of 1975. Invited for lunch, I showed up at her beautiful home in Lincoln determined to make a lasting impression. At Harvard Square I had bought the cheapest flowers I could find — daffodils — and I arrived in her kitchen with twelve dozen daffodils. She called into […]

R.I.P. Tomi Ungerer and a Letter from Leda

We were sorry to hear about the death of Tomi Ungerer, whose is the name I hear mentioned most frequently when illustrators talk about their heroes. The New York Times has a sympathetic and informative obit of the artist but takes one cheap shot up with which Leda Schubert, dear friend of the Horn Book, will […]

RIP William Goldman

There’s a history in this office of Feelings about The Princess Bride. Some Horn Bookers find it irritating how often people quote it. (I can’t imagine why.) And others believe that this story within a story is a dweam wiffin a dweam. That “Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Poison. True love. Fate. Revenge…” is only the beginning. […]

In Memoriam: Remembering Julius Lester

When I contacted Julius Lester (1939–2018) in 2014 to ask if he would join us at my gallery to accept the seventh annual Reader to Reader Norton Juster Award for Devotion to Literacy, he said he was pleased to be celebrated and would get back to me after checking the football schedule. I wasn’t surprised. […]

Ann Durell (1931-2018)

Renowned editor and publisher Ann Durell died May 6, 2018, in New York City. She was eighty-seven. She entered the children’s book field in the 1950s, first as an apprentice and secretary at Doubleday, then taking over as head of the Junior Literary Guild, then moving to Holt, Rinehart and Winston as a children’s book […]

Richard Peck (1934-2018)

We were very saddened to hear from Roger about the death of Richard Peck late last night. Winner of the Newbery Medal (in 2001 for A Year Down Yonder), the Margaret A. Edwards Award “for significant and lasting contribution to young adult literature,” the Scott O’Dell Award, a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Award, and many others, […]