Richard Jackson (1935-2019)

We were sad to hear of the death last week of "legendary children's book publisher" Richard Jackson. Jackson chronicled his long and distinguished career in publishing in a 1992 interview with Anita Silvey, "WE." In 2016, he revisited the topic in the Horn Book's pages with an amusing and informative "Interview with Self." At one time his Horn Book bio read: "Since editor Richard Jackson 'retired' in 2005, his books have been awarded a Newbery Medal, four Sibert Honors and a Caldecott Medal" (read his profile of Brian Floca here). According to Simon & Schuster (via Publishers Weekly's obituary): "Recognition for the books Jackson has edited or published across the span of his time in publishing include 16 Newbery or Newbery Honors, five Caldecott or Caldecott Honors, one National Book Award, two Coretta Scott King Medals or Honors, one Edgar Award, two Sibert Honors, seven Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards or Honors, one Scott O’Dell Award, one Charlotte Zolotow Award and two Mildred L. Batchelder Awards." A long legacy indeed.

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