Exactly a week after the loss of Maurice Sendak, the children's book world has suffered another loss with the passing of Jean Craighead George. George wrote over 100 books and inspired generations of young adult readers with a love of nature. I still remember reading My Side of the Mountain as a child. I thought it sounded like a grand adventure, and I was ready to take off into the woods right away. I was fascinated by all the details about how Sam survived in the woods, and oh, did I want a falcon!
Sadly, the mainstream media seems to have missed this one, for the most part. There have been a few articles, but George deserves so much more. Please help us to create the tribute she deserves by sharing links or memories in the comments below.
Here's what we have so far:
- Newbery Winner Jean Craighead George Dies at 92 (School Library Journal)
- R.I.P. Jean Craighead George (Tribute from Cybils Social Media Evangelist Gina Ruiz)
- People: Frost, Ambrosi, Fuentes, and George (Publishers Lunch)
Edited to add:
- Oh, The Places We Went: My Travels with Jean By Wendell Minor