Society of
Children's Book Writers
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Remembering Kathy Krull


The SCBWI is saddened to learn of the passing of author and longtime SCBWI member, Kathleen Krull, from complications of lung cancer. Kathy created a body of nonfiction books known not only for their research and accuracy, but also for their wit and enjoyability. As a writer and as a person, she was ever curious and had the rare skill of making everything interesting.  A frequent speaker at SCBWI, and an active member of the San Diego chapter, Kathy supported fellow creators and was a vital part of the children’s book community.  Her friend and associate, Joy Chu, has written that:

“Kathy wrote over one hundred books for children, among her most beloved books are the series The Lives of the Artists, The Lives of the Musicians, Writers, Presidents and many others in the Lives of Series.

Her most recent books, Starstruck: The Cosmic Journey of Neil DeGrasse Tyson, No Truth Without Ruth: The Life of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stay Curious: A Brief History Of Stephen Hawkins, attest to her unquenchable passion and curiosity for awakening the light of knowledge in the minds of children.

Kathy was a voracious reader who had a mercurial mind and talent for translating enough knowledge into a language filled with wit and humor so that a child’s mind would be swept away into this rich world that Kathy loved.

We will miss her dearly but her words and books will live long into the future in the minds of children yet to be born and the child within us all.”

The SCBWI mourns her loss and sends condolences to Kathy’s husband, Paul, and her extended family.

She touched the lives of thousands, especially her readers to whom she brought a wealth of information and a love of learning.  Her books will continue to engage children’s curiosity about the world, its people, its history, and its wonders.  We at the SCBWI who cherished her will always remember her enormous contribution to our field and to our members.  A good person and a good writer, gone too soon.  Rest in Peace.