Charlotte S. Huck


Author & Educator


"I believe that if you present the right books to children, they will read and enjoy them. So, bringing children and books together really means getting them excited about reading." - Charlotte Huck

Charlotte Huck
Charlotte Huck was born in Evanston, Illinois, where she and her twin sister were the youngest of five girls. She attended Northwestern University and received her B.S., M.A., and Ph.D. After teaching in elementary schools in Missouri and Illinois, she returned to Northwest, this time as faculty. Charlotte Huck is considered to be one of the foremost experts on children's literature and its uses. She developed Ohio State University's graduate program in children' literature, has been the president of the National Council of Teachers of English, and was the chairman of the American Library Association's Caldecott Medal Committee. She is professor emeritus in the College of Education at Ohio State, where she has been a faculty member since 1955.

Photograph from NCTE Outstanding Educator Award

  • Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Festival named for her
  • Arbuthnot Award for Outstanding Teacher of Children's Literature
  • NCTE Award for Outstanding Educator
  • Ohio State University Distinguished Teaching Award in 1972
  • Landau Award for Distinguished Service in Teaching Children's Literature in 1979
  • NCTE Distinguished Service Award in 1987.
  • Named to the International Reading Association's Reading Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • Ohio State University established the Charlotte S. Huck Children's Literature Professorship in her honor in 1996.
Selected Works
  • Huck, Chalotte, et al. (1997). Children's Literature in the Elementary School. (6th ed.). Madison, Wisconsin: Brown & Benchmark.
  • Huck, Charlotte S. (1961). Children's Literature in the Elementary School. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston.
  • Huck, Charlotte. (1989). Princess Furball. Greenwillow Press.
  • Carpenter, Marilyn and Barbara Peterson. (1997). Charlotte Huck-Children's Literature in the Classroom. Language Arts. 74 (7).

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