Sad news reported today…
My very favorite author, E.L. Konigsburg died on April 21, 2013 at the age of 83.
She is best known for winning the 1968 Newbery Award for:
and the same year won a Newbery Honor Award for:
I clearly remember in 1972, my 4th grade teacher reading aloud From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler to our class. Then, on my own, I checked out from the public library ALL of her books. By 1972, there was a shelf-full. She is the first author that I read and read and read everything she wrote. She is the first author I called “my favorite”.
She then kept writing and in 1997, she won the Newbery again for writing A View From Saturday.
I vow to reread and enjoy ALL of her books this summer…
Here they all are, as listed on her Wikopedia page:
- Jennifer, Hecate, Macbeth, William McKinley, and Me, Elizabeth (1967)
- From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (1967)
- About the B’nai Bagels (1969)
- George (1970)
- Altogether, One at a Time (1971), short story collection
- A Proud Taste for Scarlet and Miniver (1973)
- The Dragon in the Ghetto Caper (1974)
- The Second Mrs. Giaconda (1975)
- Father’s Arcane Daughter (1976)
- Throwing Shadows (1979), short story collection
- Journey to an 800 Number (1982)
- Up from Jericho Tel (1986)
- Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Colors (1990), picture book, illus. ELK
- Samuel Todd’s Book of Great Inventions (1991), picture book, illus. ELK
- Amy Elizabeth Explores Bloomingdale’s (1992), picture book, illus. ELK
- T-Backs, T-Shirts, COAT, and Suit (1993)
- TalkTalk: A Children’s Book Author Speaks to Grown-ups (1998), nine lectures and speeches
- The View from Saturday (1996)
- Silent to the Bone (2000)
- The Outcasts of 19 Schuyler Place (2004)
- The Mysterious Edge of the Heroic World (2007)
And as a teacher, I will ALWAYS introduce my students to her books.
We are lucky…though she is gone from this earth, her books, her stories, remain!