Mary Ann accepting the Charlotte Zolotow Award from Merri Lindgren,
the Chairman of the Zolotow Committee.
The Charlotte Zolotow Award is given annually to the author of
the best picture book text published in the United States in the
preceding year. Established in 1998, the award is named to honor
the work of Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor
for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 70
picture books, including such classic works as Mr. Rabbit and the
Lovely Present (Harper, 1962) and William's Doll (Harper, 1972).
Ms. Zolotow attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison on a
writing scholarship from 1933-36 where she studied with Professor
Helen C. White.
The award is administered by the Cooperative Children's Book Center,
a children's literature library of the School of Education, University
of Wisconsin-Madison. Each year a committee of children's literature
experts selects the winner from the books published in the preceding