Anne Jordan Crouse Dec. 11, 1943 – Feb. 2, 2013

CHILDREN READINGAnne Devereaux Wilson Jordan Crouse, 69, of Mansfield Center, Connecticut passed away on the afternoon of Feb. 2, 2013 after battling lung cancer.

She was a graduate of the University of Michigan (B.A. and M.A) where in 1968, she received the Avery and Jule Hopwood Awards in poetry and short stories.

She is best known for founding the Children’s Literature Association in 1973; she served as its Executive Secretary/Treasurer, as well as Director of the Annual Conference in Children’s Literature until 1976.

In 1992, she was the first recipient of the “Anne Devereaux Jordan Award,” an award established in her honor and now given annually by The Children’s Literature Association for outstanding contributions to the field of children’s literature.

Anne Jordan is the author of eleven books under her name, and worked as the ghost writer for an adult nonfiction book on Black history, as well as nine adolescent nonfiction books. Additionally, she reviewed books for the New York Times Book Review, published poetry in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, and Star *Line, the magazine of the Science Fiction Poetry Association.

Anne Jordan spent much of her career teaching, with positions at Eastern Connecticut State University, Wesleyan University, Central Connecticut State University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Hartford and Western Michigan University.

She was an editor of The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction for ten years, from 1979-1989.

From 1994 to 1998, she was a senior editor of TALL (Teaching and Learning Literature for Children and Young Adults), for which she also wrote two bimonthly columns.

She has also served as a literary consultant with a number of legal firms.

She is survived by one child, David Frederic Crouse of Alexandria Virginia.

Services will be held at 5 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 10 at Saint Philip the Apostle Parish in Ashford, CT.

There will be no calling hours. Arrangements are being handled by www.potterfuneralhome.com

Posted February 9, 2013

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