Obituaries

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

Frances Foster

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We’re sad to hear of the death yesterday of Frances Foster, publisher of Frances Foster Books at FSG. At the link, please read Leonard S. Marcus’s interview with her from the September/October 2003 issue.

Books in Remembrance of Maya Angelou (1928-2014)

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We were saddened to hear of the passing of Maya Angelou. Here are some books by which to help remember the great author and poet. Adoff, Arnold and Andrews, Benny, Editors I Am the Darker Brother: An Anthology of Modern Poems by African Americans 208 pp. Simon 1997. ISBN 0-689-81241-8 PE ISBN 0-689-80869-0 YA (New […]

R.I.P. Charlotte Zolotow

illustration by Maurice Sendak, from Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present.

Former publisher of children’s books at HarperCollins and immortal author of picture books Charlotte Zolotow has died at the age of 98. As an editor and publisher she was quite a force, bringing us such revelations as The Pigman and Weetzie Bat; as an author, she is without peer in her particular realm: the quiet […]

Remembering Marc Simont

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Anne Hoppe, editor of Marc Simont’s 2002 Caldecott Honor Book The Stray Dog, spoke at the memorial held for the acclaimed illustrator in Old Cornwall, Connecticut, on August 24, 2013. We are honored to share her remarks with our readers. For more from The Horn Book about Monsieur Simont, click here. I’ve been a children’s […]

Marc Simont (1915-2013)

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Illustrator extraordinaire Marc Simont died July 13, 2013, in Cornwall, Connecticut, at ninety-seven. Three of his picture books received Caldecott recognition — the 1957 Medal for A Tree Is Nice (text by Janice May Udry); 1950 and 2002 Honors for The Happy Day (text by Ruth Krauss) and The Stray Dog — while many other […]

Bernard Waber (1921-2013)

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We are saddened to learn of the death of author-illustrator Bernard Waber last week. Waber, the author of more than thirty children’s books, is best known for his books featuring urban crocodile Lyle (The House on East 88th Street; Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile; Lovable Lyle; and more) and those about every-child Ira (Ira Sleeps Over, Ira […]

Remembering Elaine Konigsburg

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We mourn the death (last Friday) of E.L. Konigsburg, who never wrote a book I didn’t want to read. (Not that I love them all, but even where she went wrong, she did so magnetically.) I remember a slightly uneasy conversation with Konigsburg’s editor Jean Karl right after Elaine had won her second Newbery Medal […]

E. L. Konigsburg (1930-2013)

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We were very sad to hear about the recent passing of E. L. Konigsburg. Konigsburg was the author of Newbery Award-winners From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and The View from Saturday, along with Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth, which won a Newbery Honor the same year as Mixed-Up Files won […]

Gerald McDermott in Paris

Photo credit: Angela Schellenberg

During one of the last times Gerald was here in Paris, we went off hunting for an oyster restaurant. We finally found one in the Quartier Montorgueil on Rue des Petits Carreaux. The owner shipped oysters from his own farm on the Brittany coast so they were guaranteed to be fresh. We ordered a plate […]

Rembering Margaret Mahy: March 21, 1936-July 23, 2012

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There was never anyone quite like her. Other amazing children’s writers have won the Hans Christian Andersen Award, but none had her extra‑ordinary range: verse; picture-book texts; books for every conceivable age group; scripts for radio, television, film; serials for newspapers and magazines. “I have been such a tradesman all my professional writing life,” she […]