Charlotte Zolotow (June 26, 1915 - November 19, 2013) was an American author, poet, editor, and publisher of hundreds of books for children.
She wrote more than 70 books for young readers and her work was published by more than 20 different houses. She was an editor, and later publisher, at Harper & Row, a precursor to HarperCollins. Among the many writers she edited are Paul Fleischman, Paul Zindel, Mary Rodgers, Robert Lipsyte, and Francesca Lia Block.
One of Charlotte's best-known books is Mr. Rabbit and the Lovely Present, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, which follows a little girl and a helpful rabbit as they hunt for the perfect birthday present for the girl's mother.
Charlotte always wanted to be a writer. "I loved the idea of not only expressing myself in words but, because I was very shy in conversation, reaching other people through my writing."
"Children have the same emotions as adults, " she says, "though they experience them more intensely, since they haven't yet learned the protective camouflage with which we adults disguise our feelings." Charlotte articulated her sense of what the experience of childhood was like from the child's point of view. She began writing early, and was encouraged by a favorite teacher. One of Charlotte's favorite books was The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett.