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>Milton Meltzer, 94

>”That damned Horn Book”–the first words Milton Meltzer ever said to me, upon our mutual introduction fifteen years ago. Meltzer was ever-watchful of how the review journals were treating nonfiction books, a crusade begun by him in our pages more than thirty years ago. We commemorate the passing, on September 19th, of this omnivorously curious and immensely prolific writer with a profile of him written by Wendy Saul upon the occasion of Meltzer receiving the Laura Ingalls Wilder Award in 2001.

Roger Sutton About Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton has been the editor in chief of The Horn Book, Inc, since 1996. He was previously editor of The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books and a children's and young adult librarian. He received his M.A. in library science from the University of Chicago in 1982 and a B.A. from Pitzer College in 1978. Follow him on Twitter: @RogerReads.



  1. >baby (admittedly cute) 6 comments
    Meltzer 0 comments What does this say about the commentariat?

  2. Roger Sutton says:

    >baby: post up for almost 48 hrs. And cute.
    Meltzer: give it time.

    As I was saying to Mitali Perkins the other day, if you want comments on your blog, just say something even mildly less than complimentary about either another blog or the act of blogging.

  3. >Thank you for posting the links to these articles. It's fascinating to think about what has–and hasn't–changed in perceptions of nonfiction more than 30 years later.

  4. >Milton Meltzer was a great man and a great writer, and I'm sorry I never wrote to tell him I thought so.

  5. Ms. Yingling says:

    >Meltzer's Tough Times was a fabulous first person (although fictionalized)account of teenage life in the Great Depression. He will be missed.

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