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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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2019 Carle Honors Honorees press release

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces 2019 Carle Honors Honorees

Individuals and organizations lauded for contributions to the field of children’s literature at 14th annual awards ceremony

Amherst, MA (March 20, 2019) - The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art today announced the 2019 Carle Honors Honorees, which will be awarded at Guastavino’s in New York City on Thursday, September 26, 2019. Now in its 14th year, the annual gala and fundraiser will celebrate the exceptional work that individuals and organizations have done to enrich the world of children’s books. This year, The Carle will award the following honors:

Artist: Melissa Sweet
Melissa Sweet is a collage artist and writer living in Portland, Maine. She has written and illustrated many award-winning books including Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, the New York Times bestseller Some Writer! The Story of E. B. White, and two Caldecott Honor books: The Right Word:  Roget and His Thesaurus and A River of Words: William Carlos Williams, both by Jen Bryant. She has said, “Each manuscript is completely different, and, with each one, I begin to relate to the world through the eyes of my subject.”

Angel: REFORMA, represented by Kenny Garcia
REFORMA—the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking—was established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA). REFORMA has supported the development of library collections, services, programs, and staff to support the needs of the Latino community. Along with the ALA Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), REFORMA co-sponsors the Pura Belpré Award, which was established in 1996 and presented to a Latino/Latina writer and illustrator whose work best portrays, affirms, and celebrates the Latino cultural experience in an outstanding work of literature for children and youth.

Bridge: Chihiro Art Museum, represented by Takeshi Matsumoto
Chihiro Art Museum is a pioneering museum devoted exclusively to illustrations for children’s books. Established in Tokyo in 1977 to commemorate Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974), a Japanese artist renowned for her charming paintings and illustrations of flowers and children, it expanded in 1997 to a second location in Azumino, Nagano. Its International Collection is one of the largest collections of picture book illustrations in the world. Takeshi Matsumoto is the son of Chihiro Iwasaki and one of the founders of Chihiro Art Museum.

Mentor: David Saylor
David Saylor is a vice president and creative director for the Scholastic Trade Publishing Group, and is the founder and publisher of Scholastic’s groundbreaking graphic novel imprint, Graphix. Through this first-of-its-kind imprint, Graphix has promoted authors and artists such as Dav Pilkey, Raina Telgemeier, Jeff Smith, Kazu Kibuishi, and Jarrett J. Krosoczka. Saylor is also the art director for all American editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

The Hosts of the 2019 awards are Caldecott-honor artist and author Grace Lin and venerable book editor Alvina Ling. Childhood friends, the award-winning duo are celebrated in their own right for their constant support of diversity and inclusion in the world of picture books. Beyond their separate achievements, Lin and Ling worked together in 2009 on the fantasy-adventure children’s novel Where the Mountain Meets the Moon, which received a Newbery Honor, and A Big Mooncake for Little Star, which was just awarded a Caldecott Honor this year. They are also co-hosts of the podcast Book Friends Forever.

Photo of Grace Lin by Alan Bradley.

The Carle Honors Honorees are selected each year by a committee chaired by children’s literature historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, who was central to the founding of the Honors. The committee recognizes four distinct awards: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous resources are crucial to making illustrated children’s book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals or organizations who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

The Carle Honors is a key fundraiser for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, supporting the Museum’s mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. The annual event includes a silent auction featuring works of art donated by the industry’s most celebrated artists, including Eric Carle. For ticket and sponsorship information, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development at 413-559-6308 or Use the hashtags #CarleHonors and #GetBehindPictureBooks, and follow @CarleMuseum on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date on new announcements!

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

For media inquiries, additional press information and photo requests, please contact:
Gwen Steuart at or Sandy Soderberg at /413-559-6315

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


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