The Canadian children’s literature community is mourning Children’s Book Store founder and kidlit advocate Judy Sarick, who died in Toronto on Feb. 15.
“I have an ache in my heart knowing that Judy has died,” says author and librarian Ken Setterington, a longtime friend of Sarick’s. “She was a huge force in the world of children’s books. Not just in Canada but all around the world. The Children’s Book Store was a destination for visitors to Toronto.”
Sarick was a beloved and revered fixture of the early days of Canadian kidlit, “one of the pioneers in the coming-of-age of Canadian children’s literature in the 1970s and ′80s,” says Judith Saltman