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The Charlotte Zolotow Lecture

Established in 1998, the lecture was named to honor Charlotte Zolotow, a distinguished children's book editor for 38 years with Harper Junior Books, and author of more than 65 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 Cooperative Children's Book Center, a library of the School of Education of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, administers the event which each year brings a distinguished children's book author or illustrator to the campus to deliver a free public lecture. Links to webcasts, when available, are provided below

The Charlotte Zolotow Lectures

  • 2018: Benjamin Alire Saenz (Friday, October 12, 7:30 p.m., Varsity Hall, Union South, UW-Madison)

  • 2017: Jason Reynolds (November 2, 2017)

  • 2016: Jacqueline Woodson (October 20, 2016)

  • 2015: Yuyi Morales Lecture Title: "The Power of Story in the Landscape of Memory and Identity"
    (October 20, 2015)

  • 2014: Paul Fleischman Lecture Title: "Some Things Go Together: Making Books with Charlotte Zolotow (October 15, 2014)

  • 2013: Leonard Marcus Lecture Title: Why Picture Books Matter" (October 17, 2013)

  • 2012: Rita Williams-Garcia Lecture Title: "Fictography:The Truth about Real Live Fictitious Folk "
    (November 7, 2012)

  • 2011: Gene Luen Yang Lecture Title: "Convergences" (October 5, 2011)

  • 2010: Susan Patron. Lecture Title: "Merging the Universe" (September 29, 2010)

  • 2009: Gregory Maguire (October 7, 2009)

  • 2008:Judy Blume (October 15, 2008)

  • 2007: Patricia MacLachlan. Lecture Title: "The Family I Call Mine" (October 18, 2007)

  • 2006: Lois Lowry. Lecture Title: "Lovely Presents" (October 18, 2006)

  • 2005: Angela Johnson. Lecture Title: "Cheerleader Tears and Traveling the Road Together" (October 5, 2005)

  • 2004: Linda Sue Park. Lecture Title: "The World as Seen Through Purple Eyes" (October 6, 2004)

  • 2003: Naomi Shihab Nye. Lecture Title: "Just One Gazelle Would Be Fine with Me: Reading and Writing in Our Current World" (October 8, 2003)

  • 2002: Kevin Henkes. Lecture Title: "An Equivalent Happiness: Making It Out of Childhood" (October 2, 2002)

  • 2001: Robert Lipsyte. Lecture Title: "Jock Culture: Writing and Fighting" (October 3, 2001)

  • 2000: Jean Craighead George. Lecture Title: "Words for the Young Child" (September 27, 2000)

  • 1999: Katherine Paterson. Lecture Title: "The Invisible Child" (October 7, 1999)

  • 1998: Karla Kuskin. Lecture Title: "The Ins and Outs of Words" (October 1, 1998)
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