The world of early literacy- and perhaps just literacy in general- lost a wonderful writer this past weekend. Anna Dewdney, the beloved author of the Llama Llama series, passed away after battling brain cancer.
Anna has long been a proponent for children’s literacy, sharing this statement in an open editorial for the Wall Street Journal in 2013, “By reading with a child, we are teaching that child to be human…When we open a book, and share our voice and imagination with a child, that child learns to see the world through someone else's eyes." Such poignant words are really at the heart of our early literacy mission: Read to children. It matters.
Rather than a funeral, Anna asked simply that we, “Remember her by reading to a child”. So, please spread the word! Spread her mission and read all the best, funny, sad, wonderful books out there to everyone that will listen- big or small! We will remember you and share your stories fondly Anna. Thank you for your art and your passion.
To read Anna Dewdney’s full Wall Street journal piece, click here