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


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!


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


...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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