Here are tributes to 10 notable authors who died in 2020 …
Some were theologians, others were writers or other public figures who have shaped our work. They all will be missed!
Thomas Anthony “Tomie” dePaola (September 15, 1934 – March 30, 2020) was an American writer and illustrator who created more than 260 children’s books such as Strega Nona. He received the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for his lifetime contribution to American children’s literature in 2011. (via Wikipedia)
Tomie announced at age four that when he grew up, he would write and draw stories for children, and sing and tap dance on the stage. As an adult, he proudly declared that he had done all of those things, and even gotten paid for the latter.
In his 20s, he was active creating liturgical art for churches and monasteries in New England, and artwork for galleries.
But, he is best known for his books for children: over 270 written and/or illustrated, twenty-five million, or so, sold, and numerous awards and recognitions. He was particularly delighted when the American Library Association honored him with the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award (now known as the Children’s Literature Legacy Award) for his lasting and substantial contribution to children’s literature.
- Excerpt from the obituary on his website.
Image Credit: The Forthcoming book The Worlds of Tomie dePaola by Barbara Elleman [Pre-order now]
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