Charnan Simon

1952 - 2014


Charnan Simon

April 28, 1952 — April 24, 2014

Charnan Simon, 61, prolific and accomplished editor and writer of children’s books and magazines, passed away Thursday, April 24, 2014, in her Seattle home.

Born April 28, 1952, in Toledo, Ohio, to Dr. Richard and Perla Simon, her family moved to Walla Walla in 1961. Charnan earned a B.A. in English from Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and an M.A. in English from the University of Chicago.

Charnan’s editorial career began at Little Brown in Boston but flourished at Cricket Magazine in LaSalle, Ill. Freelancing after moving to Chicago and later Madison, Wis., she wrote memorable fiction and nonfiction, including picture books, Sam the Garbage Hound and Come! Sit! Speak!

Charnan is survived by husband, Tom Kazunas; daughters, Ariel and Hana Kazunas; mother, Perla Simon; and brothers, Richard, David and Tom Simon.

A remembrance will be held Friday, May 16, 2014, in Madison, at Olbrich Gardens. Details at:


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