As you may have heard, Peter D. Sieruta, author of the Collecting Children's Books blog, passed away suddenly the other day.
I didn't know Peter personally at all, aside from the occasional comment exchange, but he has been one of my professional heroes for several years. In addition to his many thoughtful insights about children's literature, he set a certain tone of civility, humility and kindness that deeply enriched the discourse of our community. Just in the past few months, I've turned to Sam several times to say something like, "Peter Sieruta is such a kind, gentle person."
I will miss him, and I will be thinking of him next year on "Newbery Day."