Children’s author, illustrator of Llama Llama stories dies

CHESTER, Vt. — A best-selling children’s author and illustrator who gained fame with her series of Llama Llama stories has died in Vermont. Anna Dewdney was 50.

Dewdney had a 15-month battle with brain cancer. A spokeswoman for publisher Penguin Young Readers says she died Saturday at her home in Chester.

Dewdney began to gain success in the 1990s as the illustrator of “The Peppermint Race” by Dian Curtis Regan and other children’s books. She gained her greatest success with the series that began with the 2005 launch of “Llama Llama Red Pajama.”

That story of Baby Llama’s difficulties getting to sleep at bedtimes was a hit with critics and readers alike.

Dewdney also was a well-known advocate for children’s literacy.

According to Publisher’s Weekly, Dewdney requested that in lieu of a funeral service people read to a child instead.

The television series Reading Rainbow was among those who posted to social media following Dewdney’s death.  The show tweeted they will also honor Dewdney: