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Bernard Waber (1921-2013)

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 Says Goodbye). His beloved crocodile also starred in a 1987 HBO animated musical and in various theatrical productions, and his book A Firefly Named Torchy was a 1971 Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor Book.

For archival Horn Book Magazine reviews of selected titles by Bernard Waber, click here.

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. In homage to Bernard Waber, I’ve written a book entitled, “Mackenzie and Blankie” about a little girl who wants to take her puppy and blankie with her to kindergarten. Sound familiar? Check it out on, or What a wonderful contribution this man made to children’s literature!

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