Althea Braithwaite – ‘Althea’ – died last month aged 80.
Primary school libraries and classrooms were particularly full of her slim, informative and accessible titles during the last three decades of the 20th century.
In recent years, she was better known, particularly in East Anglia, as an artist specialising in brightly coloured fused glass.
Sorry to learn of the recent death of children’s illustrator Althea Braithwaite, (1940 – 2020) who went under the simple name of Althea. In later years she turned her talents to ceramics, and she created this wonderful glass dish #althea #AltheaBraithwaite pic.twitter.com/lM3fW2Pgeo
— Colin West (@mooseandmouse) September 24, 2020
The Guardian obituary, published 20 September and linked to below, is an excellent summary of her life and career. As is the Books for Keeps Authorgraph, published while Althea was still alive:
Indeed, given only minimal entries in the standard reference books on Children’s Literature, these two sources of information together represent the best available information on Althea’s place in the history of children’s books.
If further obituaries appear, they will be added to this post.