Children’s authors and illustrators who died in 2013

A gloomy title, I know, but here’s a reminder of the story conjurers who, as of 2013, are no longer with us.

January 2013

Jan Ormerod, Australian illustrator
Obituary in the Guardian
Diane Wolkstein, American Author and storyteller
New York Times Obituary
Aaron Frisch, Non-Fiction picture book writer and editor
Publishers Weekly obituary
Gerald McDermott, Caldecott Medal winning illustrator
School Library Journal obituary


Otfried Preußler, German author
The Independent obituary
Maurice Rosy, Belgian comics writer
Tintinologist’s obituary
Jean Rodgers, Alaskan picture book author
Ktoo’s obituary
Barbara Firth, British illustrator
Guardian obituary


E. L. Konigsburg, American author and illustrator, Newbery medel winner
New York Times obituary
Fredrick L. McKissack, American Author with particular interest in African-American history
Publishers Weekly obituary


Gregory Rogers, Australian author
Sydney Morning Herald obituary
Bernard Waber, American author
New York Times obituary
Elsa Bornemann, Argentine author
Buenos Aires Herald obituary


Carol Carrick, American author
Vineyard Gazette obituary


Gokulananda Mahapatra, Indian science fiction and children’s author.
Times of India obituary
Barbara Robinson, American author
Publishers Weekly obituary
Marc Simont, French-born American illustrator and Caldecott Medal winner
New York Times obituary
Pauline Clarke, English author, Carnegie Medal and Deutscher Jugendliteraturpreis winner
Wikipedia entry
Holly Meade, American author and illustrator
School Library Journal obituary


Claire Mackay, Canadian author
Globe and Mail obituary
Lloyd Moss, American author and Caldecott honoree
School Library Journal obituary


Robert Leeson, English author, Eleanor Farjeon award winner
Guardian obituary
Ann Jonas, American author and illustrator
Publishers Weekly obituary


Jenny Dalenoord, Dutch illustrator and cartoon artist
Wikipedia entry
Carol Odell, British-born Australian author
Sydney Morning Herald obituary


Charlotte Zolotow, American author and poet
New York Times obituary
Barbara Park, American author
Los Angeles Times obituary
Hari Krishna Devsare, Indian author and magazine editor
Times of India obituary
Nick Cardy, American comic book artist
Comic Book Resources obituary


Charles Grigg, British comics artist
British Comics from the past present and future blog obituary

3 Responses


    Zoe, thanks for presenting this. It’s sad, disappointing and sobering but i think we should have it encourage us to continue giving our whole being to the creation of picturebook making.

  2. Zoe

    Hi Simone, it is sad, but it was also lovely to pause and think of these people. I haven’t read books by all of them – some of them I discovered in the process of researching this post – and that was a gift too.

    Yes Alex, lots of memories which are exciting, comforting and lovely to revisit.

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