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Eloise Greenfield (1929-2021)

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The inimitable and beloved poet, author, and memoirist Eloise Greenfield has passed away at the age of 92. Teaching for Change offers a beautiful remembrance. See also her 2018 Coretta Scott King-Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award speech; "Lift Every Voice: Words and Music" from the May/June 2019 Horn Book Magazine: Special...

R.I.P. Floyd Cooper

We were so sad to learn about the death last week of prolific illustrator Floyd Cooper. A 2021 Boston Globe-Horn Book honoree for Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre by Carole Boston Weatherford -- she calls it his "masterpiece" -- Cooper was well known for his mesmerizing eraser technique; see "Studio Views: Erasing Pictures."   Read more by...

Barbara Bader (1927-2021)

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We were saddened to learn from her daughter Emily that Barbara Bader died earlier this week. Barbara was a Horn Book stalwart and one of the "Great Ladies" of our publication. The September/October issue of the Magazine will include an appreciation (and see Kevin Henkes's own, from 2018); and you...

Goodbye to Two of the Greats

We were sorry to lose Lois Ehlert (May 25th) and Eric Carle (May 23rd), both of whose picture books for young children are everywhere in library collections and tucked into strollers, piled on night tables, scattered among toys and best beloved stuffies. Master collagists and colorists both, Eric and Lois added...

Beverly Cleary 1916-2021

Beloved children's author Beverly Cleary has passed away, at the age of 104. To celebrate the occasion of her centennial, on April 12, 2016, The Horn Book Magazine's March/April issue devoted a series of articles to "Beverly Cleary at 100." "The Real Ramona" by David Reuther, longtime Cleary editor and publisher Nonfiction author...

Norton Passes Go

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A poem by Jane Yolen in remembrance of her friend Norton Juster (1929-2021): So, the unexpected, which he always expected, happened when he had lost the ability to expect anything at all. At the same time he became a phantom, he became a father to us all. If there is...

R.I.P. Norton Juster

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I was lucky enough to hear Norton Juster (1929–2021) speak at the Boston Public Library a few years ago, and brought a copy of The Phantom Tollbooth that had been passed down from my mother to me. I half-apologized for its well-loved appearance. “It’s either well-loved or well-hated,” he said. “Well-loved,” I repeated....

In Memoriam: Jill Paton Walsh (1937–2020)

It’s a trick of the human mind that we rarely remember experiences in sequence. Rather, our brain does something scattershot, collaged. When emotion inflects memory, as happens at the death of a friend, it can be a struggle to organize the onrush of the past into narrative coherence. The news...

Ava Weiss (1925-2020)

We were sorry to learn that longtime Greenwillow Books art director Ava Weiss has died, at the age of ninety-five. She was with Greenwillow from its beginnings in 1974 (having followed founder Susan Hirschman from Macmillan), retiring in 2002. Greenwillow’s Facebook page called her “brilliant” and said: “Ava designed the Greenwillow logo (inspired by Janina Domanska’s etchings in Under the Green...
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