RIP: E.L. Konigsburg
April 21, 2013
E.L. Konigsburg (Elaine Lobl), the children’s book author and illustrator passed away April 19th. She was one of only five authors to win two Newbery Medals. Her books From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth were published in 1967; the first won the Newbery Medal and the second took home a Newbery Honor, making Konigsburg the only author to win both in one year. 29 years later she won her second Newbery Medal with A View From Saturday.
“Many of Konigsburg’s stories feature childhood and adolescent struggles that are easy for school-age readers to understand. Often her characters are striving to find the answers to big questions that will help shape their identities. Many of them are based on her own experiences as a child, the observations she made of children while a teacher, and the experiences or observations of her children.” Eighth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators
Her books are timeless as the characters and situations resonate with every generation of children. They offer terrific opportunities to read with your child and discuss the happenings of their day.