Charlotte Zolotow

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Charlotte Zolotow
Born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro
(1915-06-26)June 26, 1915
Norfolk, Virginia
Died November 19, 2013(2013-11-19) (aged 98)
Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
Occupation Author, Editor
Subjects Children's books
Spouse(s) Maurice Zolotow divorced 1969
Children Crescent Dragonwagon, Steve Zolotow

Charlotte Zolotow (born Charlotte Gertrude Shapiro June 26, 1915 – November 19, 2013) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of many books for children (HarperCollins puts her number of "books for young audiences" at over seventy).[1]

Zolotow's work was published by more than 20 different houses. She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, which was called Harper & Brothers when she began to work there and is now known as HarperCollins.

Among the many writers she edited are Paul Fleischman, Paul Zindel, Mary Rodgers, Robert Lipsyte, and Francesca Lia Block.

Zolotow was born in Norfolk, Virginia. She was the mother of the writer Crescent Dragonwagon and poker tournament champion Steve Zolotow. She was married to Maurice Zolotow from 1938 until their divorce in 1969. She lived in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, where she died, aged 98.[2]


The poem "Missing You" from River Winding appears in Best Friends, a collection of poems,[3] and "People" from All That Sunlight appears in the collection More Surprises[4] (both of these anthologies bear the emblem, "A Charlotte Zolotow Book"). She contributed a story (called Enemies, illustrated by Ben Shecter) to The Big Book for Peace where she appears alongside other well-known authors and illustrators including Lloyd Alexander, Steven Kellogg and Trina Schart Hyman.[5]

Selected books[edit]


  1. ^ "Author Interview: Charlotte Zolotow". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2009-03-25. 
  2. ^ Fox, Margalit (2013-11-19). "Charlotte Zolotow, Author of Books on Children’s Real Issues, Dies at 98". The New York Times. Retrieved 2013-11-23. 
  3. ^ Hopkins (ed.), Lee Bennett; Illustrated by James Watts (1987). Best Friends. USA: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-022561-0. 
  4. ^ Hopkins (ed.), Lee Bennett; Illustrated by Megan Lloyd (1987). More Surprises (An I Can Read Book). USA: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-022604-8. 
  5. ^ Durell, Ann; Marilyn Sachs (eds.), designed by Jane Byers Beirhorst (1990). The Big Book for Peace. New York: Dutton Children’s Books. ISBN 0-525-44605-2. 

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