Preschool play dates led to far more than friendship for Carol Deach and Lory Britain, the
creators of My Grandma Died: A Child’s Story about Grief and Loss.
Because their daughters attended the same northwest Washington preschool more than 25 years
ago and stayed close for a decade, Britain had a chance to see Deach’s drawings.
These gentle illustrations, modeled on the Deach children, were a perfect fit for
Britain’s first book, It’s MY Body, and for two later books by
Parenting Press on similar topics. When it came time to illustrate My Grandma Died, Deach was a
Although Deach has spent most of her career in education, she describes herself as
“always an art major.” And when she says
“always,” she means it. She got serious about drawing at age 5,
when a serious injury almost immobilized her for six months in a hip-to-ankle cast.
Today Deach continues to use pencil and paper not only for book illustrations that are seen by
hundreds of thousands of children around the globe, but for art therapy and to amuse her three
grandchildren. There is no better way to occupy a toddler in a restaurant, she chuckles, than with
a few quick strokes that create a face or a creature.
It’s MY Body
My Grandma Died