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Sad News. Tomie dePaola, groundbreaker in the field of children’s literature, artist, storyteller, mentor to a generation of children’s book artists died on Thursday as a result of a head injury.
Perhaps best known for his telling of Strega Nona, Tomie also wrote and illustrated the groundbreaking Oliver Button is a Sissy. Generations of families coped with grieving sharing Nana Upstairs, Nana Downstairs. His early chapter book memoir 26 Fairmont Avenue is the perfect mentor text for emergent readers and writers to tell their own stories. We ask that you share a story, light a candle, read one of his books aloud.

Thomas Anthony “Tomie” dePaola was an American writer and illustrator who had 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.