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


  • Thursday, Friday 10 am - 4 pm
  • Saturday 10 am - 5 pm
  • Sunday 12 pm - 5 pm

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The 2018 Carle Honors Recap press release

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Celebrates Literary Leaders at 13th Annual Carle Honors

Paul O. Zelinsky and The Sendak Fellowship & Workshop among visionaries honored at annual gala recognizing outstanding contributions to the world of children’s books

New York, NY (September 28, 2018) – On Thursday, September 27, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art celebrated four leaders in the field of children’s literature at the 13th annual Carle Honors. Held at Guastavino’s in New York City, the annual gala and art auction applauds the publishing world’s most impactful individuals and organizations for their role in making picture books a time-honored and vibrant art and literary form. The gala, in tandem with the complementary 10th annual Carle Honors Art Auction, was their most successful fundraiser to date, garnering much-needed support for the Museum’s mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books.
Museum co-founder and prolific author and illustrator Eric Carle greeted guests with a special surprise – a live performance by New York’s own Funkrust Brass Band – to kick off the presentation. Award-winning author, publisher, and editor Andrea Davis Pinkney took up the baton to host the rest of the presentation, during which the 2018 Carle Honors were awarded to:

•    The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, Bridge, represented by Elena Pasoli, cultural book show and international rights business forum which strengthens global literary bonds
•    The Sendak Fellowship & Workshop, Angel, represented by Lynn Caponera and Dona Ann McAdams, which fosters young writers and illustrators through annual artist residencies
•    Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Mentor, influential children’s literature scholar and author who champions diversity in children’s picture books
•    Paul O. Zelinsky, Artist, Caldecott medalist and critically-acclaimed artist of works including Rapunzel and Rumpelstiltskin

“We’re thrilled to celebrate these exceptional individuals and organizations for our 13th annual Carle Honors,” said Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. “Their work has inspired generations through their creativity and insight, and has helped to expand our collective experience with books that bring people together across borders and across oceans. We so appreciate everyone’s support of this gala to honor them.”

The evening’s festivities began with a cocktail reception where more than 300 guests had the opportunity to mingle with the award winners, auction artists, and Eric Carle himself. The presentation allowed everyone to gather under Guastavino’s upstairs vaulted tile ceilings for compelling stories from the Museum, and moving words about and from each of the honorees, all of whom were fĂȘted by a short individualized tune by the Funkrust Brass Band.

The evening had a visual theme of Rapunzel, as an honor to Paul O. Zelinsky. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, also featured prominently. Guests were able to take their photos with a unique Caterpillar cut-out, complete with a few of his favorite foods, and all took home a gift bag filled with some of the best new picture books, thanks to The Carle’s generous sponsors. When asked why the Caterpillar is so beloved, Eric said “I think maybe it is a story of hope – that when children read the book they realize that one day they will grow up too and be able to spread their wings.”

A highlight of the evening was the artwork on display as part of the Art Auction, which guests were able to bid on throughout the night. This year’s noteworthy selections were 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 Kheiriyeh, 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 was kindly donated by the artists’ families and friends of The Carle.

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 University. 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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