Acclaimed children's book author and illustrator team up on US school shooting tribute story

The Associated Press

NEW YORK, N.Y. - The author of the children's classic "Sarah, Plain and Tall" is teaming up with an acclaimed illustrator for a tribute to the victims of last year's Connecticut school shooting.

Random House Children's Books announced Monday that it will publish the picture story "Snowflakes Fall," by Newbery Medal winner Patricia MacLachlan and her longtime friend and former resident of the community where the shooting occurred, Steven Kellogg.

The book comes out Nov. 12 and will feature words and images about the community where a gunman killed 20 students and six faculty members. The publisher will donate a portion of proceeds to an organization that helps the Sandy Hook community.

MacLachlan won the Newbery, given to the writer of the year's best U.S. children's book, in 1986 for "Sarah, Plain and Tall."