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


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The 2019 Carle Honors Art Auction press release

The Eric Carle Museum Announces Eleventh

Annual Carle Honors Art Auction

Bidding for original works of art from 29 distinguished picture book artists begins August 30

New York, NY (August 26, 2019) – The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has announced the exceptional picture book art that will be up for bid at the 11th annual Carle Honors Art Auction. Featuring works from 29 esteemed artists, the Carle Honors Art Auction coincides with the Museum’s 14th annual Carle Honors benefit gala, which will be held at Guastavino’s in New York City on September 26. The gala raises funds to support the Museum and celebrates the work that individuals and organizations have done to enrich the world of children’s books.

This year’s auction artwork has been provided by some of the field’s most celebrated artists: Aaron Becker, Eric Carle, Catia Chien, Elisha Cooper, Floyd Cooper, Pat Cummings, Lulu Delacre, Carson Ellis, Ryan T. Higgins, Maira Kalman, Kazu Kibuishi, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Grace Lin, Rafael López, Juana Martinez-Neal, Yuyi Morales, John Parra, Dav Pilkey, James E. Ransome, Peter Sís, David Small, Melissa Sweet, Duncan Tonatiuh, Chris Van Allsburg, Sara Varon, Rosemary Wells, Ed Young, and Pamela Zagarenski. A limited-edition poster autographed by the late Maurice Sendak has been generously donated by the Maurice Sendak Foundation.

Interested bidders worldwide can register now and begin placing bids online on August 30 at Bids are accepted in real time—online or at the event—until the art auction closes at 9:00 pm EST on Thursday, September 26. Absentee bidders are encouraged.

“Picture book art and illustration have long been celebrated for their ability to transport, transform, and transfix readers young and old,” said Ellen Keiter, chief curator at The Carle. “We are pleased to have such a diverse and stunning array of artwork included in this year’s Carle Honors Art Auction, and extend our gratitude to the generous artists for their contributions, both to this auction and to the broader field of children’s picture books.”

Hosted by Grace Lin, Caldecott-honor artist and Newbery-honor author, and Alvina Ling, venerable book editor, the 2019 Carle Honors will be awarded to:

•    Melissa Sweet, Artist, collage artist, writer, and illustrator of acclaimed books such as Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade and Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White

•    REFORMA, Angel, represented by Kenny Garcia, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, an affiliate of the American Library Association

•    Chihiro Art Museum, Bridge, represented by Takeshi Matsumoto, pioneering museum founded in Japan in memory of Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974) and devoted exclusively to illustrations for children’s books

•    David Saylor, Mentor, vice president and creative director for the Scholastic Trade Publishing Group, and founder and publisher of Scholastic’s groundbreaking graphic novel imprint, Graphix

For ticket and sponsorship information, or to learn more about the Carle Honors or the Carle Honors Art Auction, please visit or 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 an 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 Massachusetts 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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Credit 1) Melissa Sweet, Illustration for Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White. © 2016 Melissa Sweet. Used with permission by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

Credit 2) John Parra, Illustration for Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, 2016 (NorthSouth Books). © 2017 John Parra.

Credit 3) Eric Carle, Caterpillar with Chopsticks, 2017. © Eric Carle.


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