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Author of ‘Llama Llama’ children’s book series dies from brain cancer

NEW YORK — You may not know her name, but if you have a small child at home, chances are you've read one of her books.

The best selling children's author and illustrator of the wildly popular "Llama Llama" series, Anna Dewdney passed away at her home in Vermont after a 15-month battle with brain cancer.

A well known advocate for children's literacy, Dewdney launched her series centered around a baby Llama and the struggles of getting to bed in 2005 with book "Llama Llama Red Pajama"

In a 2013 interview with NJ.com she said the concept started out as something that entertained her own two daughters.

A spokeswoman for publisher Penguin Young Readers said that instead of a funeral, Dewdney asked that people read to a child instead.

The children's TV series "Reading Rainbow" also posted a tribute on social media saying, "Tonight, we'll be reading in honor of Anna Dewdney. We'll miss you, Llama Mama."