Ann Jonas, award-winning writer and illustrator of numerous children’s books, died September 29, 2013 in Rhinebeck, NY. Between 1982 and 1999, Jonas created a total of 16 books for young readers, including The Quilt, (Greenwillow, 1984), Aardvarks, Disembark! (Greenwillow, 1990), and Bird Talk (Greenwillow Books, 1999). She is perhaps best known for Round Trip (Greenwillow, 1983), which was named an ALA Notable Book and a New York Times Best Illustrated Book.
After her early experience working in the graphic design field, Jonas was encouraged to try her hand at a children’s book by publisher Susan Hirschman and her husband, the children’s book illustrator Donald Crews. In 1982, she published her first book, When You Were a Baby (Greenwillow) under her maiden name. The book shows an infant’s progress through various developmental stages.
Jonas was born on January 28, 1932, in Flushing, New York, to Herbert and Dorothy Jonas. She lived most of her childhood on Long Island. While attending Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, she met her husband, Donald Crews. The two were married in Germany on January 28, 1963, and had two daughters, Nina and Amy. The family lived in Greenwich Village and Brooklyn before moving to Germantown, NY in 1996. Jonas is survived by her husband, daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandchildren, and a brother. [From School Library Journal].
New CLA “Briefings” Newsletter
Check out the new “Briefings” newsletter from the Youth Services division of the California Library Association: http://www.cla-net.org/displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=261 (and click on the October issue). This newsletter is an all-volunteer production, containing wonderful articles on library programming for youth, an interview with author Mac Barnett, and news from around the state. Congratulations to editor Celeste Stewart on a wonderful newsletter!