Holly Meade Memorial

It is utterly heartbreaking to think there will not be another children’s book illustrated by Holly Meade.  The children’s book community and community of readers mourns the loss of Caldecott Honor winner Holly Meade who passed on June 28th near her home in Maine.

In memory of Holly, Curious City encourages those that love her children’s book work to donate a copy or copies of her picture books to the Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP) for an in-house library and for distribution to the children they serve.  The incredible MCCP team integrates books into their care whenever they can and is exploring a future children’s illustration art gallery.

If you care to participate, you might…

1) Order Holly’s books from Amazon | IndieBound | B&N

2) Have them shipped to:
Debra Matson
Maine Children’s Cancer Program (MCCP)
100 Campus Drive, Suite 107
Scarborough, ME 04074

Curious City will provide bookplates to MCCP that read, “Readers and friends of children’s book illustrator Holly Meade offer this book to you in her memory.  May the beauty of her pictures take you around the world.”

Thanks for considering honoring Holly’s legacy this way.  This is purely Curious City’s way of remembering Holly.  Those wanting to honor Holly by other means should be in touch with her marvelous family.





  1. kirsten- what a wonderful tribute to holly- i’ve been told that her daughter will keep her gallery open this summer- i will see if there are any signed copies of her book there and send some on- if not, i will buy some at a local bookstore- thanks so much for doing this- margaret

  2. Once again, Keeks, you’ve hit just the right note. I’ll be sending books ASAP.

    • You and Holly were brilliant together, David. ON THE FARM, IN THE SEA, and IN THE WILD remain in the royalty of picture books.

  3. This is a perfect and fitting tribute to Holly. Thank you.

  4. I just picked and shelled a basket of peas thinking of her first book “This is the Hat” – I always loved the illustration of the woman shelling peas in that book and I think of Holly and that picture whenever I harvest my garden peas –
    This is a lovely way to remember Holly and to bless the world with her beauty.
    Thank you!

    • Shelling peas is a great way to remember Holly.


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