Wednesday, November 20, 2013

The end of an era: Charlotte Zolotow

Children's book giant Charlotte Zolotow, author of more than 70 books and editor (at HarperCollins predecessor Harper & Row, where she reigned over her namesake imprint), has died at the inspiring age of 98.

Zolotow's picture books are numerous (Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, William's Doll, My Grandson Lew, to name a few). As both a writer and editor she crossed paths with a veritable Who's Who of children's literary stars (M. E. Kerr, Paul Zindel, Robert Lipsyte, Patricia MacLachlan, William Pene du Bois, Maurice Sendak, H.A. Rey, Hilary Knight, Ursula Nordstrom, and more).

In the New York Times article announcing her death, Mrs. Zolotow is quoted from an earlier piece of writing for The Horn Book journal: "We are not different from the children we were––only more experienced, better able to disguise our feelings from others, if not ourselves.”


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