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Most Mondays, the Slush Pile blog celebrates one of my heroes, legendary Harper Collins children's book editor, Ursula Nordstrom (February 2, 1910 - October 11, 1988) in a series called UN-Monday. As publisher and Editor-in-chief of juvenile books at Harper & Row from 1940 to 1973. "UN" (as she was known to friends and colleagues) discovered Maurice Sendak and published WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE.
UN's indelible fingerprints can be found between the covers of CHARLOTTE'S WEB, STUART LITTLE, GOODNIGHT MOON, HAROLD AND THE PURPLE CRAYON, and THE LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE series, just to name a few. "I am a former child," she proudly declared, "and I haven't forgotten a thing!"