The news of Dick Robinson’s death came as a great shock to the publishing industry, the thousands of Scholastic employees, as well as to the many authors and illustrators who had been published by his company for years, if not decades. A number of Scholastic’s writers paid tribute to him in statements, lauding his vision, his passion, and his unwavering support for children’s books and authors, including Jim Benton, Ruby Bridges, Suzanne Collins, Alan Gratz, Varian Johnson, Sonia Manzano, Ann M. Martin, Alyssa Milano, Jon J Muth, Jennifer A. Nielsen, Peter Reynolds, J.K. Rowling, David Shannon, Maggie Stiefvater, Francisco X. Stork, and Raina Telgemeier.
“Dick Robinson created a family at Scholastic, and I’m proud to say I’ve been a part of that family for almost 30 years,“ said Brian Selznick. Kazu Kibuishi praised him as “a phenomenal leader; his steadying presence was felt throughout the entire organization.” Tami Charles said, “A legend may have left us, but his legacy is everlasting. I’m so grateful for the impact that Scholastic has had on my life... as a parent, as a teacher, and now, author.” Dav Pilkey said, “Dick Robinson was more than just a visionary and a publisher. He was a brave explorer who didn’t worry about risks. He opened the door for us to dream big.”
“Like so many, I am heartbroken to lose Dick Robinson,” said Pam Muñoz Ryan, “someone who has been an ardent champion for educators, children, book creators, and the Scholastic family. He left his gifts on our doorstep: his enthusiasm, his commitment to the power of every story, his generous and kind spirit, and his stalwart presence which became for many of us, a reassuring mooring.”
“Dick Robinson was a true visionary,” Kelly Yang said. “He pictured a world where every child could see themselves represented in a book. I am so grateful to Dick for bringing so many wonderful books into the world, getting them in the hands of children, and in the process helping to change the world. We are honored to continue his work and mission at Scholastic.”
“So many of us owe our early love of literature to Scholastic, but more specifically, Dick Robinson’s Scholastic,” said Leah Johnson. “What an honorable legacy he leaves behind in each of us, and in the work we’re able to do because of his singular vision.” Gordon Korman said, “For more than three quarters of my life, it has been my honor and privilege to know his friendship and support. I am devastated and deeply saddened to hear of his passing.” And Kacen Callender said, “I’m grateful for the passion and dedication he showed to creating pathways for writers and illustrators. The ripple effects of his work and his passion and his love of children’s storytelling have touched countless lives, my own included. I celebrate the life he lived with awe and gratitude.”