NYT Book Editor Eden Ross Lipson Remembered

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Eden Ross Lipson, an editor at The New York Times Book Review for 30 years, and a former commentator on All Things Considered died Tuesday at age 66. She was a tireless champion of good books for children.

ROBERT SIEGEL, host:

If you have listened to this program for a long time, you may remember this voice.

EDEN ROSS LIPSON: For National Public Radio in New York, this is Eden Ross Lipson.

SIEGEL: We were privileged to have Eden Ross Lipson review books for us in the late 1970s and early '80s when she was an editor at The New York Times Book Review, and we were saddened today to learn of her death from pancreatic cancer. She was 66 years old.

In 1984, Eden Ross Lipson became children's book editor at the Times Book Review, and over the next 20 years, she became a tireless champion of good books for kids. In 1991, after she'd written her own guide on book choices for children, she came back to this program and made a case for parents to keep reading to kids as they grow up.

LIPSON: The boomer parents all got the message about reading to small children. It's very easy to read to a darling toddler that you cuddle in your lap, and you look at "Goodnight Moon." It's much harder to find a book that will appeal to an older child and to read with older children. And there's a great tendency in our pressured, two-working-parent households or single-parent households, for the exhausted adult to say okay, you go read a book, and I'll sit down and watch television and have a cup of coffee. It is incredibly important to go on reading with older children now.

SIEGEL: Eden Ross Lipson, 17 years ago on this program. Eden died yesterday. She will be missed.

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