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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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The 2018 Carle Honors Art Auction press release

The Eric Carle Museum Announces

Tenth Annual Carle Honors Art Auction

bidding for original works of art from 26 celebrated picture book artists begins August 31

New York, NY (August 22, 2018) – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art presents original picture book art for the 10th annual Carle Honors Art Auction, which will open for online bidding on August 31. Featuring illustrative works from 26 notable artists, the Carle Honors Art Auction will complement the Museum’s 13th annual Carle Honors benefit gala, which will be hosted at Guastavino’s in New York City on September 27. The gala raises funds to support the Museum and fĂȘtes those who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America.

This year’s noteworthy selections have been generously provided by some of the field’s most distinguished artists: R.W. Alley, Eric Carle, Catia Chien, Elisha Cooper, Diane Dillon, Terry and Eric Fan, Jules Feiffer, Will Hillenbrand, Rashin Keiriyeh, Steve Light, Brian Pinkney, Jerry Pinkney, Antoinette Portis, Christian Robinson, Alex Rowe, Dan Santat, Melissa Sweet, Chris Van Allsburg, Rosemary Wells, Brendan Wenzel, JooHee Yoon, and Paul O. Zelinsky. Artwork by the late Ezra Jack Keats, Richard Scarry, Simms Taback, and Leonard Weisgard has been kindly donated by the artists’ families, and friends of The Carle. Many of these contributors will be present for the evening’s festivities.

Interested bidders worldwide can register now and begin placing bids online on August 31 at Bids are accepted in real time—online or at the event—until the art auction closes at 9:00 pm sharp EST on Thursday, September 27. Absentee bidders are encouraged.

“For ten years The Carle has showcased amazing illustration at its annual gala. This year we offer 26 exceptional artworks, including Eric Carle’s 2018 collage of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Elisha Cooper’s pen-and-ink drawing from Big Cat, Little Cat, a 2018 Caldecott Honor book,” said Ellen Keiter, chief curator at The Carle. “Our thanks and gratitude go to all donors—past and present—whose generosity has helped make the Carle Honors Art Auction an enduring and time-honored tradition.”

The Carle Honors Art Auction is an integral part of the Carle Honors annual benefit gala, which raises critical funds for the Museum and recognizes individuals and organizations for their laudable contributions to the world of picture books. Hosted by Museum co-founder Eric Carle and presented by Andrea Davis Pinkney, award-winning author, publisher and editor, the 2018 Carle Honors will be awarded to:
•    Paul O. Zelinsky, Artist, Caldecott medalist and critically-acclaimed artist of works such as Rapunzel and Hansel and Gretel
•    The Sendak Fellowship & Workshop, Angel, represented by Lynn Caponera and Dona Ann McAdams, fostering illustrators and writers by encouraging out-of-the box thinking and providing artist residencies
•    The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bridge, represented by Elena Pasoli, cultural book show and international rights business forum strengthening global literary bonds
•    Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Mentor, influential children’s literature scholar and author championing diversity in children’s picture books

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.

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. A leading advocate in its field, 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 Carle and his wife, the late Barbara Carle, co-founded the Museum in November 2002. 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 750,000 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. Bobbie’s Meadow is a new outdoor space that combines art and nature. 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 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm. 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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Paul O. Zelinsky, Cover illustration for The Magic City by Edith Nesbit (Books of Wonder, 2000). © 2000 Paul O. Zelinsky.


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