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Charlotte Zolotow, picture book author and Harper editor of books for older readers, died November 19, 2013, at age 98. Her picture book themes often explored friendships, family, and individuality, and included titles as William's Doll, Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, The Quarreling Book, My Grandson Lew, I Know a Lady, The Unfriendly Book, and MANY more.

Barbara Park, author of the best-selling Junie B. Jones series, died November 15, 2013, at age 66. Park's books were consistently favorites of children, as she was the recipient of more than 40 awards including several Children's Choice awards. Other popular titles by Barbara Park include: Mick Harte Was Here, The Kid in the Red Jacket, Skinnybones, and The Graduation of Jake Moon.

Diane Wolkstein, folklorist and author of more than 20 books, died January 31, 2013, at age 70. Her titles include The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folktales (1978) and The Banza (1981).

Jan Ormerod, Australia-born author and illustrator of more than 50 books, died January 23, 2013, at age 67. Her first picture book, Sunshine (1981), was named Australian Picture Book of the Year. She was also the author of Moonlight (1982), a companion book to Sunshine; 101 Things to Do with a Baby (1984); Miss Mouse's Day (2001); Lizzie Nonsense (2005), and Maudie and Bear (2012).

Antonio Frasconi, woodcut artist who illustrated more than 100 books, died January 8, 2013, at age 93. His The House That Jack Built was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1959.

Gerald McDermott, author, illustrator, and filmmaker known for his retellings of folk tales, died December 26, 2012, at age 71. He received the Caldecott Medal in 1975 for Arrow to the Sun. Two of his books, Anansi the Spider and Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest, were named Caldecott Honor Books in 1973 and 1994, respectively.

Shirley Climo, picture book author best known for adapting folk tales including The Egyptian Cinderella, The Korean Cinderella, The Persian Cinderella, and The Irish Cinderlad, died August 25, 2012, at age 83.

Jose Aruego, illustrator of more than 80 picture books, including Leo the Late Bloomer and Gregory the Terrible Eater, died August 9, 2012, at age 80.

Jean Merrill, best known for her novels The Pushcart War and The Toothpaste Millionaire, died August 2, 2012, at age 89.

Margaret Mahy, New Zealand author of both picture books and novels, died July 23, 2012, at age 76. Mahy was the recipient of the prestigious Carnegie Medal (the British equivalent to the Newbery Medal) twice and received the Hans Christian Andersen Award in 2006 for the body of her work.

Else Holmelund Minarik, author of the "Little Bear" series of easy readers, died July 12, 2012, at age 91. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak, Little Bear's Visit was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1962.

Donald Sobol, best known for his long-running series about boy detective Encyclopedia Brown, died July 11, 2012, at age 87. The series was honored with a special Edgar Award in 1976.

Leo Dillon, who in collaboration with his wife, Diane, illustrated more than 60 books, died May 26, 2012 at age 79. The Dillons were the recipients of two Caldecott Medals: for Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears retold by Verna Aardema in 1976 and for Ashanti to Zulu: African Traditions by Margaret Musgrove in 1977.

Jean Craighead George, author of more than 100 fiction and nonfiction titles, died May 15, 2012, at age 92. Known for her writing about the natural world, George received the Newbery Medal in 1973 for Julie of the Wolves and a Newbery Honor Book for My Side of the Mountain in 1960.

Maurice Sendak, renowned picture book artist, died May 8, 2012, at age 83. His classic Where the Wild Things Are won the Caldecott Medal in 1964. He garnered Caldecott Honor Book status for In the Night Kitchen in 1971 and for Outside Over There in 1982. Sendak received the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 1983 for his body of work and the international Hans Christian Andersen Award for "lasting contribution to children's literature" in 1970.

Jan Berenstain, co-author with her husband Stan (who died in 2005), of more than 300 books, most notably the Berenstain Bears series, died February 24, 2012, at age 88.

Simms Taback, author/illustrator of more than 40 books, died December 25, 2011, at age 79. Simms received the Caldecott Medal in 2001 for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat and a Caldecott Honor Book in 1998 for There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly.

William Sleator, author of fantasy and science fiction for young adults, died August 2, 2011, at age 66. His first book, a picture book, The Angry Moon, illustrated by Blair Lent, was named a Caldecott Honor Book in 1971.

Steven Kroll, author of nearly 100 picture books, chapter books, and young adult novels, died March 26, 2011, at age 69.

Brian Jacques, author of the popular Redwall series, died February 5, 2011, at age 71.

John Schoenherr, illustrator of over 40 books for children and recipient of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for Owl Moon by Jane Yolen, died April 8, 2010, at age 74. The illustrations in Owl Moon were inspired by scenes from his farm in rural New Jersey.

Sid Fleischman, the author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books for children and recipient of the Newbery Medal in 1986 for The Whipping Boy, died March 17, 2010, at age 90.

Patricia Lauber, author of more than 125 books for children, died March 12, 2010, at age 86. A master of nonfiction on a variety of topics, Lauber received Newbery Honor Book recognition for Volcano: The Eruption and Healing of Mount St. Helens in 1987.

Lucille Clifton, author of the Everett Anderson series and other titles, died February 13, 2010, at age 73. In addition to her children's books, Clifton was a renowned poet who received the National Book Award for Poetry in 2000 and the 2007 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize, which honors a U.S. poet whose "lifetime accomplishments warrant extraordinary recognition."

Fredrick L. McKissack, author of more than 100 books about the African American experience with his wife Patricia McKissack, died April 28, 2013, at age 73. They received the Coretta Scott King Author Award for A Long Hard Journey: The Story of the Pullman Porter (1990) and Christmas in the Big House, Christmas in the Quarters (1995). They were the recipients of numerous Honor Awards in this category. The McKissacks won the Regina Medal for their contributions to children's literature in 1998.

E.L. Konigsburg, much acclaimed author, died April 19, 2013, at age 83. She received the Newbery Medal in 1968 for From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. Her first book, Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, was named a Newbery Honor Book also in 1968. She is the only author to win a Newbery Medal and an Honor Book in the same year. In 1997, Konigsburg received the Newbery Medal once again for The View from Saturday.

Holly Meade, author/illustrator of more than 30 picture books died June 28, 2013, at age 56. Known for her extraordinary woodblock prints, Meade received a Caldecott Honor Book for Hush! A Thai Lullaby by Mingfong Ho in 1997. Her other titles include John Willy and Freddy McGee, Boss of the Plains by Laurie Carlson, Goose's Story by Cari Best, and David Elliott's poetry series, On the Farm, In the Wild, and In the Sea.

Carol Carrick, author of nearly 50 books, often with her husband, Donald Carrick, as illustrator, died June 6, 2013, at age 78. Among her best-known titles are Patrick's Dinosaurs and the Christopher series, including Lost in the Storm and The Accident.

Bernard Waber, author and illustrator of the beloved Lyle the Crocodile series, Ira Sleeps Over, I Was All Thumbs, A Firefly Named Torchy, and many other picture books, died May 16, 2013, at age 91.

Ann Jonas, noted picture book author and illustrator, died September 29, 2013, at age 81. Her unique perspective utilized bright colors and reflected her experience in graphic design. Included among her best known titles are her "turnabout" books, Round Trip and Reflections, as well as those with visual tricks in the illustrations, such as The Quilt, The Trek, and The 13th Clue.

Marc Simont, illustrator of nearly 100 books, died July 13, 2013, at age 97. His achievements include the Caldecott Medal in 1957 for A Tree in Nice by Janice May Udry and two Caldecott Honor Books - The Happy Day by Ruth Krauss in 1950 and The Stray Dog, which he both wrote and illustrated, in 2002.

Barbara Robinson, author of the popular Christmas classic, The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, and other titles died July 9, 2013, at age 85.

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