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).
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.
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.
The poem "Missing You" from River Winding appears in Best Friends, a collection of poems, and "People" from All That Sunlight appears in the collection More Surprises (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.
- The Park Book, illustrated by H. A. Rey (1944) ISBN 0-06-443092-8
- The Storm Book, illustrated by Margaret Bloy Graham (1952) ISBN 0-06-443194-0
- Do You Know What I'll Do?, illustrated by Garth Williams (1958) ISBN 0-06-026930-8
- When the Wind Stops, illustrated by Joe Lasker (1962)
- Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak (1963) ISBN 0-8085-2587-5
- If It Weren't for You, illustrated by Ben Shecter (1966)
- William's Doll, illustrated by William Pène du Bois (1972)
- My Grandson Lew, illustrated by William Pène du Bois (1974) ISBN 0-06-026961-8
- River Winding (1978) ISBN 0-690-03866-6
- I Know a Lady, illustrated by James Stevenson (1984) ISBN 0-688-03837-9
- Snippets: A Gathering of Poems, Pictures, and Possibilities (1993) ISBN 0-06-020819-8
- Who is Ben?, illustrated by Kathryn Jacobi (1997) ISBN 0-06-027351-8
- Some Things Go Together, illustrated by Ashley Wolff (1999, text originally published in 1969) ISBN 0-694-01197-5
- The Beautiful Christmas Tree, illustrated by Yan Nascimbene (1999, text originally published in 1972) ISBN 0-395-91365-9
- "Author Interview: Charlotte Zolotow". HarperCollins Publishers. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- 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.
- Hopkins (ed.), Lee Bennett; Illustrated by James Watts (1987). Best Friends. USA: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-022561-0.
- Hopkins (ed.), Lee Bennett; Illustrated by Megan Lloyd (1987). More Surprises (An I Can Read Book). USA: Harper & Row. ISBN 0-06-022604-8.
- 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.
- Official website
- Charlotte Zolotow at the Internet Movie Database
- Birthday Bios: Charlotte Zolotow
- Charlotte Zolotow at Library of Congress Authorities — with 112 catalog records