Monday, April 22, 2013

E.L. Konigsburg

Rest in Peace to an author whose books I loved.

E.L. Konigsburg died at age 83.

According to a short article in Huffington Post:

“She won the John Newbery Medal in 1997 for her book ‘The View from Saturday’ and in 1968 for ‘From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler.’ The Newbery is one of the top honors for children's literature. Her family says she wrote 16 children's novels and illustrated 3 picture books.

“Her first book, ‘Jennifer, Hecate, MacBeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth’ was also a Newbery honor book in 1968, making her the only author to be a winner and runner-up in the same year.”

My wife and I used to read the Newbery and Caldecott books. Both The Mixed-up Files and the Jennifer, Hecate . . . . books were among my favorites.


pattinase (abbott) said...

Few writers gave my kids more pleasure.

Joe Barone said...

Ann and I read those books as a part of a little project to read through most of the children's award winning books. By the time our son was born (later in life) he was into comic books and tons of Science Fiction. As a small child he loved books like WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE and THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR. Those were the days!