Published Online: November 30, 2004
Published in Print: December 1, 2004, as Obituary: Expert on Children’s Literature Dies

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Obituary: Expert on Children’s Literature Dies

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Nancy Larrick, a nationally known expert on children’s literature who helped to found the International Reading Association, died on Nov. 14 in Winchester, Va. She was 93 and had pneumonia.

Ms. Larrick was the author of A Parent’s Guide to Children’s Reading, which became a best seller when it was published in 1958, in addition to more than a dozen anthologies of poetry for children.

In 1956, she helped found the reading association from a merger of two organizations, and she served as its second president.

Ms. Larrick, who worked as an editor of children’s books for Random House and as an editorial adviser for the Arrow Book Club, is also remembered for an influential 1965 article published in the Saturday Review. Called “The All-White World of Children’s Books,” the article is credited with helping to launch the movement for multicultural children’s literature in the United States.

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