This may be old news to many of you, but many of our readers don’t follow children’s literature news. The month of May has witnessed some tragic deaths in the world of children’s literature–tragic because the three listed below did SO much for children’s literature. Some of my all-time favorites and some of the most prolific in their respective fields. I’m afraid this is only going to increase as many of my favorite childhood authors/illustrators are now aging.
Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are and MANY more) died earlier this month after suffering a stroke.
Jean Craighead George (My Side of the Mountain, Julie of the Wolves, and MANY more) died mid-May.
Leo Dillon (half of the Dillon pair; illustrated Pish, Posh Said Hieronymus Bosh, The Sorceror’s Apprentice, The People Could Fly, Mother Goose Numbers on the Loose, and countless others) died this week. (See this biography as well)