Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Author and Illustrator Blair Lent Has Died

Caldecott Medal Winner Blair Lent Dies

Children’s book lovers around the world are mourning the loss of children’s book author and award-winning artist Blair Lent, who died recently at age 79 in Medford, Massachusetts of pneumonia.

Lent authored and illustrated a number of books, including Pistachio, Bayberry Bluff, Molasses Flood, and the more recent Ruby and Fred. He created his illustrations using a diverse range of techniques and media, such as cardboard cutout prints, colored pencils, and acrylic paints. Lent was awarded the Caldecott Medal in 1973 for his illustrations in The Funny Little Woman, a Japanese folktale retold by Arlene Mosel.

Read more about Lent’s accomplishments online in The New York Times and School Library Journal.

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