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The Children’s Literature Community Responds to the Passing of Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert

Two monumental children’s book creators, Eric Carle and Lois Ehlert, passed away this week. When you saw any of their books, you knew instantly who created them. And when you read them, you were always in the hands of a master.

I never met Eric Carle, but I did once kindly ask him to be my tattoo artist. And he did comment on this blog once. It was in response to this ridiculous post. What a good guy. What an artist.

Like Carle, Lois Ehlert just kept on making great books late into her life. Ehlert’s The Scraps Books remains my favorite picture book autobiography of all time.

After the news broke, the children’s book community (and the world) shared their love for these two legends.

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.