Allison's Book Bag

Young People’s Authors We Lost in 2017

Posted on: January 5, 2018

Now an annual tradition here at Allison’s Book Bag, what follows is my tribute to those authors for young people whose died this last year. I’m not familiar with the writings of Amy Krouse Rosenthal, but grew up reading Michael Bond and Paula Fox. I have the complete Paddington Bear series, and even a Paddington Bear doll.

After the photo collage, you’ll find a list of the featured authors. If the author had a website, I added the link to the author’s name. Besides the name is a description of the works that made the author famous. On the next line, I added a photo credit. If I’ve reviewed any books by the author, I added a note in the third paragraph, along with any relevant links.


Michael Bond is the English children’s author who created the beloved Paddington Bear. While working as a television cameraman for the BBC, he first came up with the idea for Paddington. He bought a small toy bear on Christmas Eve 1956 as a present for my wife Brenda and named it Paddington because they were living near Paddington Station at the time. He wrote some stories about the bear, more for fun than with the idea of having them published, and within days he had completed a book. In addition to the Paddington bear series, he wrote a television series The Herbs, books about a guinea pig called Olga da Polga and adult novels about a French detective turned food guide inspector. In total Michael Bond wrote almost 150 books, including his autobiography ‘Bears and Forebears’ that now is a collector’s item.
Photo Credit:, Micheal Bond the Creator of Paddington.
You can read my review of one of his books here: Paddington Here and Now

Paula Fox is best known for her children’s book “The Slave Dancer” which won the 1974 Newbery Medal. Based on historical accounts, it tells the tale of a white 13-year-old boy who witnessed first-hand the African slave trade. He is put on board a slave ship to play his pipe for slaves forced to “dance” as exercise. A Place Apart won a US National Book award and One-Eyed Cat was a Newbery Honor winner. Fox was awarded the Hans Christian Andersen Award, the highest international award for children’s literature, in 1978.
Photo Credit: GoodReads Paula Fox

Norah McClintock was a bestselling Canadian writer of young adult fiction. Her first book, Shakespeare and Legs, was published in 1987 and she continued to write prolifically until she became a full-time writer in 2000. Though that first book was a teen romance, McClintock became most famous for her crime fiction. She wrote more than 60 books for young readers, including the popular Robyn Hunter mysteries, Chloe & Levesque mysteries and the Mike & Riel mysteries. McClintock was the only female writer to contribute to Orca’s popular Seven Series and Seven Sequels. She won five Arthur Ellis Awards for crime fiction for young people.
Photo Credit: GoodReads Paula Fox

Amy Krouse Rosenthal, a prolific children’s book author, as best known for her many children’s books, including “Duck! Rabbit!” “I Wish You More,” and “Uni the Unicorn,” among others. Amy’s Poehler’s Smart Girls features Rosenthal.
Photo Credit: Twitter

The above list is based on searching many web pages for reports about those young people’s authors we lost in 2017. If you know of others I missed, please add them in the comments. Thank you!

4 Responses to "Young People’s Authors We Lost in 2017"

I’ve a new website: Comedy Plus

Have a great day. ☺

Wow! Nice website. Thanks for the news.

I took a month break from blogging, but will be back in February with new reviews and pet updates. Have a great week!

May they all rest in peace. So much talent they had.

Have a fabulous day, Allison. ♥

This month I’ve been enjoying reading memoirs by various authors. Yes, many talented literary folks. Have a great weekend!

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