Children's author Anna Dewdney had one final request: Read to your kids.

The Englewood, N.J., native, and author of the best-selling "Llama, Llama" books died in Chester, Vt., on Sept. 3 of after a 15-month battle with brain cancer, the Associated Press reported. Dewdney was 50.

In lieu of a funeral, Dewdney asked that people read to children, her publisher Penguin Young Readers said.

“The entire Penguin Young Readers family is heartbroken,” Jen Loja, president of Penguin Young Readers, said in a statement. “And as we grieve, we also celebrate Anna’s life, in dedicating ourselves to carrying forward her mission of putting books into as many little hands as possible.” 

After a series of jobs that included  mail carrier and waitress, Dewdney's career started to take off with the publication of The Peppermint Race, by Dian Curtis Regan, which she illustrated.

In 2005, she published Llama Llama Red Pajama, the book about a baby llama's bedtime troubles. The book became the first in a series of 10 books that sold millions of copies. A Netflix series based on the books is due out in 2017, according to

Dewdney was survived by partner Reed Duncan and two grown daughters.