Gina Calleja (1928-2017)

GCallejaIt is with deep sadness that we announce that Canadian children’s author/illustrator Gina Calleja passed away suddenly on March 7, 2017, due to complications from lymphoma. Born in Lowestoft, England, Gina studied at Reading University Department of Fine Arts and the Slade School of Fine Art, University of London. She taught in England for several years before immigrating to Canada in 1958.

Gina’s works included Peas Again for Lunch, Spaghetti Word Race, Those Words, Tobo Hates Purple, Wizzo and the Cookie Babies, Bloor and Christie: The Mystery of the Bright Red Ribbons and Great Food for Happy Kids.

Gina is survived by her husband of 58 years, Joseph, her daughter Anna, son-in-law Allan and grandsons Marcel and Antoine.

Our condolences go out to Gina’s family and friends.