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This Beloved Children's Author's Final Request Will Make You Cry

Anna Dewdney, the author and illustrator of Llama Llama Red Pajama, died last week at the age of 50.

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The first book in the series, Llama Llama Red Pajama, was released in 2005 and quickly captivated kids, parents, and educators with its effortless rhymes and familial warmth.

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Dewdney told NJ.com that she was inspired to write the books by her two daughters, with whom she often made animal sounds.

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But the most touching tributes came from those who honored Dewdney's final request that — in lieu of a funeral service — people read to a child instead.

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Of course, the books they chose to read were from the Llama Llama series.

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There were moms doing the reading...

In your honor @AnnaDewdney ... We will miss you!

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Classroom teachers...

We read to k4 at IES today in memory of Anna Dewdney, Lama Lama and the Bully Goat. @dollyslibrary

Reading teachers...

Honoring author Anna Dewdney's wishes by reading Llama Llama books together ! #2020HowardWinn @saramarleygrimm

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...and lots...

Reading Llama Llama books with my baby tonight #adyingwish #llamallama #AnnaDewdney

...of people...

Enjoyed a bedtime story last night in memory of and tribute to Anna Dewdney.

...all to honor one incredible children's author gone too soon.

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