I was deeply saddened to read yesterday of the death of Sheila K. McCullagh MBE ( 3 December 1920 – 7 July 2014 ) . She was an author who touched the hearts of children growing up in the 60's, 70's 80's and 90's with numerous series of schoolbooks. Although never reaching the best sellers lists or Hollywood she created stories that held magic, mystery and in some cases pirates. Her stories although falling out of favour with the educators in the late 90's will continue to live on in the hearts and memories of the children that she taught and encouraged to read. Thank you Sheila for encouraging so many children to learn about the magic of stories and books.