I always forget in the beginning of the year who the literary world lost the previous year. When I look it up, I am always saddened at the loss of so many great writers and illustrators with whom I have grown up, and who I read and loved as an adult.

In 2012, we saluted Bill Wallace, Jan Berenstain, Maurice Sendak, Jean Craighead George, Donald J. Sobol, and Else Homelund Minarik, among others.