Children’s author and illustrator , Tomie dePaola has died, according to a statement posted online on March. 30, 2020.
Tomie dePaola, the prolific children’s author and illustrator who delighted generations with tales of Strega Nona, the kindly and helpful old witch in Italy, died Monday at age 85.
DePaola died at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, according to his literary agent, Doug Whiteman. He was badly injured in a fall last week and died of complications following surgery.
We learned of the deceased through the following tribute posted on social media.,
Cause of Death.
We have no information at the moment on of caused death . This post will be updated as soon as we have that information.
The following are some tributes posted on social media to honor the life and the legacy of the deceased.
The children’s book writing community is a tight one. So many of us have known and loved each other for decades. I adore Tomie. That won’t change with his moving on to the next place. I’ll miss him like crazy. But today and always – I adore #tomiedepaola https://t.co/Hv94RIEg4L
— Jacqueline Woodson (@JackieWoodson) March 31, 2020
This is fucked. I didn’t even remember I remembered Tomie DePaola til I remembered him. Who knee Strega Nona was such a literary staple? https://t.co/Q5uTMGzdie
— rone’s gamblin corner (@_rone) March 31, 2020
As a kid, I grew up reading Tomie dePaola. His children’s books and artwork are some of be fondest memories of my childhood. I once wrote to him, and he replied, and is, to this day, one of my all-time favorite authors. RIP Tomie and my prayers are with his family. pic.twitter.com/OMkpkD64DH
— aggiefrogger (@aggiefrogger) March 31, 2020
when “This It Not My Hat” won the Caldecott, Tomie dePaola, who I’d only met once briefly, sent me a long handwritten letter of congratulations/welcome & talked about the book & it was almost more crazy than winning the damn thing. I’ll miss waving at him sheepishly across rooms.
Rest in peace to Tomie dePaola, one of my favorite gay children’s book authors author of Strega Nona, who also wrote a semi-autobiographical picture book called “Oliver Button Is a Sissy” (1979) which is about a boy who likes “sissy” things like dolls, dancing and picking flowers
Rae Anne Locke
We lost a bit of magic today with the passing of children’s book creator Tomie DePaola. The creator of Strega Nona and her overflowing pasta, Big Anthony, and Nana Upstairs and Nana Downstairs (260 books in total) will never be forgotten for his amazing talent and kindness.