Posts Tagged ‘William Steig’

The Carle Honors 2013 Auction

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

The Carle is gearing up again for its annual benefit gala, The Carle Honors, held each September which celebrates and honors the amazing people in the children’s book industry, often the unsung heroes who help connect the world with quality literature and art for children. This year’s event will be held on September 26th at Guastavino’s in New York City. Details and ticket information can be found here. We are excited to announce this year’s honorees, given each year in four categories:

  • HonorsVanAllsburgArtist – for lifelong innovation in the field. This year’s honoree is Chris Van Allsburg, the groundbreaking artist and author and winner of two Caldecott Medals for, Jumanji and The Polar Express. Van Allsburg will be introduced by Jon Scieszka, founder of Guys Read and the first National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.
  • Honors1Mentor – editors, designers and educators who champion the art form. This year’s honorees are Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol H. Rasco
    for their tireless advocacy for children’s literacy. Robb is Reading Is Fundamental’s Founding Board Member and Chairman Emeritus and Rasco its President & CEO. The two will be introduced by acclaimed writer and illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky.
  • HonorsFogelmanAngel – whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality. This year’s honoree is Phyllis Fogelman Baker, an influential editor and publisher dedicated to bringing fresh voices and exceptional books to children. Award-winning author and artist Rosemary Wells will present The Carle Honor to Fogelman Baker.
  • honorsBaderBridge – individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields. This year’s honoree is Barbara Bader, author of the seminal scholarly book, American Picturebooks from Noah’s Ark to The Beast Within. Her award will be presented by Roger Sutton, editor in chief of The Horn Book.

In addition to the award ceremony, each year fans of children’s illustration eagerly look forward to the benefit art auction at The Carle Honors. This year’s pieces are absolutely amazing. A stellar cast of generous art contributors include Eric Carle, Tony DiTerlizzi, Richard Egielski, Tom Feelings, Steven Kellogg, Jon Klassen, David Macaulay, Barbara McClintock, Barry Moser, Jerry Pinkney, Susan L. Roth, William Steig, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, David Wiesner, Mo Willems and Robert R. Zakanitch. It’s impossible to pick a favorite, but I am so taken by this special piece by the late Tom Feelings.


You can preview the rest of the auction here and find all the bidding details.

What art piece would you love to take home?


Happy Holidays from The Carle!

Saturday, December 24th, 2011

Happy Holidays, everyone! Stay warm and be merry. We’ll see you back here next week!

Illustration from Brave Irene © 1986 by William Steig. Collection of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Gift of Jeanne Steig.

2011 Carle Honors Honorees Announced!

Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Each year, The Carle awards individuals and organizations who have shown long-term dedication to the world of picture books, art and literacy. The awards are given in four forms: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture boo to larger audiences through work in other fields.

We are so excited to announce that this year’s honorees are:

Artist: Lois Ehlert

Lois Ehlert is an award-winning author and illustrator of numerous picture books, including the best-seller Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, written by Bill Martin, Jr. and Color Zoo, which won her a Caldecott Honor in 1989. Lois Ehlert is well known for using bright, vivid colors in an unique multimedia collage illustration style. Many of her picture books are excellent and entertaining tools for introducing young children to concepts such as color and shape. I love Ehlert’s dedication to creating books about nature and the natural world. My favorite books are Planting a Rainbow and Eating the Alphabet, which are my go-to books for baby showers and gift giving. Elhert acknowledges the influence of her creative parents in her book, Hands: growing up to be an artist. Uniting a love of sewing, gardening, woodworking, Ehlert shows that creativity (in whatever form) lies within us all.

Angel: Jeanne Steig

Jeanne Steig is the author of several books for children, including my personal favorite, Alpha Beta Chowder, a collaboration with her late husband, picture book author/illustrator and New Yorker cartoonist, William Steig. Jeanne, a multimedia artist herself, has been the gracious donor of the William Steig picture book art archive to The Carle’s permanent collection.

Mentor: Michael di Capua

Michael di Capua has been an editor and art director of children’s books for more than 40 years. Starting as an editor at Farrar, Strauss & Giroux, Michael has worked with children’s book legends such as Maurice Sendak, William Steig, Norton Juster and Natalie Babbitt, among many, many others. Micahel’s imprint, Michael di Capua Books, has published exceptional children’s books since 1987.

Bridge: Karen Nelson Hoyle

Karen is a professor and curator of the Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota. The collections include 100,000 children’s books as well as original manuscripts and artwork from more than 12,000 children’s books. Here’s a wonderful interview online with Karen about the university’s amazing collection.

All honorees will be feted at New York City’s Guastavino’s on Thursday, September 22, 2011. We can’t wait!

For more about past Carle Honors celebrations, including past recipients click here or read my blogs posts from last year here and here.

Winter Wonderland: 5 Favorite Snowy Picture Books

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

It certainly is a winter wonderland here in the Northeast. After a fresh snow this morning, the sun has come out leaving a sparkly white dreamland.

Photo by Kristin Angel

It’s the perfect day to find a sunny window and curl up with a good book. Maybe after all that shoveling and ice scraping, you need a reminder of how beautiful and fun winter weather can be. Here are a few of our favorite picture books highlighting exceptional illustrations that make us love winter all over again. I wrote about a few more favorites last year that you can read about here.

Winter’s Tale by Robert Sabuda (Little Simon)
This stunning pop-up book brings out the true beauty of nature. Each page features a woodland animal embracing a new snowfall. Glittery white and eye-catching metallic papers complement the pale color palette of pinks and blues for each dramatic page turn. A book that awes the reader not only in its immaculate construction, but also in the beauty that is winter.

Stopping by Woods on a Snowing Evening by Robert  Frost, illustrated by Susan Jeffers ( Dutton Children’s Books)
I had to memorize this famous poem in 4th grade, but  it never came so alive to me as when I opened a copy of this illustrated version. Susan Jeffers depicts the largeness and stillness of the woods in the snow with perfection, yet infuses a new warmth and humor into the poem by creating a jolly, nature-loving narrator (who stops to make snow angels) and a cast of snowy woodland animals hiding in the illustrations.

Snowflake Bentley by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by Mary Azarian (Houghton Mifflin)
This Caldecott-winning biography of Wilson Bentley depicts a man’s love and fascination for snow. The story is told alongside factual sidebars and end matter to offer further information about “Snowflake Bentley” for older readers. The text is perfectly matched by woodcut illustrations by Mary Azarian, who is no stranger to a Vermont winter. Bentley’s photography of snowflakes revealed to the world the delicate beauty and uniqueness of each tiny snow crystal and this book captures the sense of discovery and awe beautifully. For further exploration, you can pick up the Dover edition of Snow Crystals to see the collection of Bentley’s photographs.

Brave Irene by William Steig (Farrar, Straus, & Giroux)
If you’re ever feeling a bit defeated by all this snow, take some inspiration from Brave Irene. When her dressmaker mother is unable to deliver an important gown to the duchess during a snowstorm, Irene boldly takes over the task. I think we probably all have felt that feeling of never-ending trudging through the snow, but Irene keeps pushing forward despite bitter wind and high drifts.  The snowstorm takes on a wonderful character all its own as Irene’s nemesis, taunting and bullying her the whole way. Ultimately, Irene’s cleverness outsmarts the storm and the little girl saves the day.

The Snowman by Raymond Briggs (Random House)
A long-time winter favorite, this was a book I returned to again and again as a child. Completely wordless, the comic book format of the illustrations give the impression that you’re watching a movie (and indeed there is a wonderful British animated short film version) and makes it easy for children to read to themselves. A child builds a snowman who comes to life. The boy invites him into the house and the snowman humorously explores the life of humans (flicking light switches, dressing in clothes, driving a car) before taking the boy on a magical winter expedition. A story of imagination, magic and adventure that could only happen during a snowy winter.

What are some of your favorite winter weather picture books? Let us know in the comment below!

The Carle Goes to The Rockwell

Wednesday, October 6th, 2010

On Monday, staffers of The Carle took a field trip to visit our Berkshire neighbor, The Norman Rockwell Museum. They’re currently featuring, in addition to their amazing collection of Rockwell originals, artwork from the prolific children’s illustrator and popular cartoonist, William Steig. I was so excited to see pieces of The Carle’s collection of Steig’s children’s book art, including illustrations from Shrek! and my personal favorite, Alpha Beta Chowder, but even more so to see his adult cartoons and New Yorker covers for the first time. It was quite remarkable to see how many pieces were in the exhibit, (three full galleries!) and also to see just how relevant and humorous Steig’s artwork still is to audiences today. I overheard so many people chuckling while walking through his galleries. Here’s one of my personal favorite adult cartoons from the exhibition:

"I've got some bad news." Photo courtesy of The Norman Rockwell Museum

It was so wonderful to see Steig’s original artwork and I can’t wait for our own upcoming exhibition at The Carle, Monsters & Miracles: A Journey Through Jewish Picture Books, when Steig’s work will join many others in our gallery this month.

While it has been a dreary, rainy start to autumn here in Western Mass, the view from the Norman Rockwell Museum was still spectacular as the leaves are starting to turn color. Here’s Rockwell’s art studio behind the museum.

We are so grateful for the Norman Rockwell Museum for hosting us and encourage everyone to hurry to see the exhibit William Steig: Love & Laughter before it closes at the end of this month. I can’t wait to go back when their next exhibit, Witness: The Art of Jerry Pinkney opens in November. Maybe I’ll see you there!