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The Eric Carle Museum
of Picture Book Art
  • 125 West Bay Road
  • Amherst, MA 01002


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  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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2017 Carle Honors Art Auction press release

The Eric Carle Museum Announces 2017 Carle Honors Art Auction
Original works of art from 24 celebrated picture book artists; bidding begins September 6

New York, NY (August 28, 2017) – What is the connection between a Caldecott medalist, a Hans Christian Anderson award winner, and a very hungry caterpillar? They make up three of the 25 artworks offered for auction at the 12th Annual Carle Honors, to be held at Guastavino’s in New York City on September 28. The gala, an annual benefit for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, raises funds to support the Museum and its mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.

This year’s noteworthy Art Auction selection has been generously provided by some of the field’s most distinguished artists and their heirs: Sandra Boynton, L. Leslie Brooke, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Mike Curato, √Čtienne Delessert, Tony DiTerlizzi, Laurie Keller, Jon Klassen, Leo Lionni, William Low, Barbara McClintock, Yuyi Morales, Jon J Muth, Judy Schachner, Philip C. Stead, Brinton Turkle, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, David Wiesner, Mo Willems, Ed Young, and Lisbeth Zwerger.

Interested bidders worldwide are encouraged to participate in the Carle Honors Art Auction, and can begin by registering now or placing bids online on September 6 at All of the work will also be on display at Books of Wonder (18 West 18th Street, NYC) from September 6 through September 27. All bidders can bid online or onsite at the event until the auction closes at 9:00pm sharp EST on Thursday, September 28. Absentee bidders are welcome.

“The Carle believes that people of all ages and backgrounds should have access to the brilliance and magic of picture books,” said Ellen Keiter, Chief Curator at The Carle. “We are very fortunate to feature such an impressive and distinguished array of picture book artists at the Carle Honors Art Auction this year, all of whom share our mission to celebrate literacy and art.”

The Carle Honors Art Auction is an integral part of the Carle Honors annual benefit gala, which recognizes individuals and organizations for their imaginative and forward-thinking contributions to the world of picture books. Hosted by Museum co-founder Eric Carle and presented by Jack Gantos, author of the Newbery Award-winning work Dead End in Norvelt, the 2017 Carle Honors will be awarded to:
•    Ed Young, Artist, Caldecott medalist and two-time Hans Christian Andersen Medal nominee
•    Dr. John Y. Cole, Angel, historian at the Library of Congress responsible for spearheading literacy initiatives for young people
•    Bank Street Writers Lab, Mentor, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill, encouraging the writing of children’s literature and supporting the creative minds of upcoming generations
•    Anthea Bell, Bridge, pioneer in the world of translations of foreign language books, such as Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales, into English.

For more information about the Carle Honors or the Carle Honors Art Auction, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, at or 413-559-6308.

About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art:
The mission of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, a non-profit organization in Amherst, MA, is to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and picture book illustrations from around the world. In addition to underscoring the cultural, historical, and artistic significance of picture books and their art form, The Carle offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. Eric and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, founded the Museum in November 2002. Eric Carle is the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

Since opening, the 43,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. The Carle has three art galleries, an art studio, a theater, picture book and scholarly libraries, and educational programs for families, scholars, educators, and schoolchildren. Educational offerings include professional training for educators around the country and Master’s degree programs in children’s literature with Simmons College. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 noon to 5 p.m. It is also open Mondays in July and August and during MA school vacation weeks. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-559-6300 or visit the Museum’s website at

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Butterfly from The Very Hungry Caterpillar © 1969 and 1987 by Eric Carle

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