Natalie Babbitt, children’s writer and illustrator, passed away at her home Monday at the age of 84. She wrote over a dozen books with her most famous novel, Tuck Everlasting, selling over 3.5 million copies.
Tuck Everlasting, which was adapted into two movies and a Broadway play, was one of my favorite books when I was younger. Babbitt’s story was melancholic and hopeful. One would think that a book centered around the concept of death and the possibility of living forever wouldn’t make a good children’s book, but I truly learned a lot from it.
According to GalleyCat, “She was the U.S. nominee for the biennial international Hans Christian Andersen Award in 1982 and in 2002 won the inaugural E.B. White Award for achievement in children’s literature by the American Academy of Arts and Letters.”
Babbitt’s husband, Samuel Fisher Babbitt told The Guardian that Natalie was a “‘remarkable’…’loving and wonderful’ woman who left her mark in the world with her writing.”
You will be missed Mrs. Babbitt!
“Don’t be afraid of death; be afraid of an unlived life. You don’t have to live forever, you just have to live.”
? Natalie Babbitt,
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