Barbara Park (66) and Charlotte Zolotow (98) both passed away this week. No more Junie B. Jones. No more books like William's Doll.
I am grateful for the love and toil these two women poured into the books they wrote and edited over the years - for the laughter and joy and poetry and understanding they sparked in young readers.
Hooray for their lives! Hooray for the gifts they have left behind! And hooray! Some of their readers will become writers and the legacy will continue.