Posted on 02/25/2022 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek

A prolific and colorful — in many ways — children's author has died.

Leonard Kessler passed away February 16 at age 101, according to his daughter.

Over the course of a lengthy career, he wrote and illustrated more than 300 books, according to the New York Times.

Among them: Do Baby Bears Sit in Chairs? (inspired by a question his young son posed), The Big Red Bus (chosen as one of the best picture books of 1957), and Mr. Pine’s Purple House, which found new life in the early 2000s when a former software engineer essentially founded a publishing house in order to re-release it.

Check out Kessler's obituary to learn more about him, including his memorable living situations.

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