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The Children’s Literature Community Reacts to the Passing of Richard Peck

Best Man

I met Richard Peck once – in a signing line. I’m usually pretty quiet while getting a book signed. I always think “There are so many people here and I don’t want to hold things up, I’ll just get my book signed and be on my way.”

But when I got to the front of the line, Richard Peck clearly wasn’t going to let me be a wallflower.

He was courteous and (as advertised) sharply dressed. But more importantly, he was curious.

He asked me where I was from, and when I replied, he followed up with more questions. We ended up talking for a while. It was clear he was eager to make a connection. And he did. And I’ll never forget our conversation.

Richard Peck passed away yesterday. And to my utter non-surprise, I’m seeing that many, many others had the same sort of story to tell about this great writer.

About Travis Jonker

Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at scopenotes@gmail.com, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.


  1. I need to add mine: https://geekmom.com/2018/05/a-belated-thank-you-to-richard-peck

    Reading these has made me even sadder that I never got to meet him.