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


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The Carle Honors 2017 press release

For Immediate Release
Contact: Gwen Steuart

12th Annual Carle Honors Gala to Celebrate Illustrator Ed Young, Among Other Champions of the Field

On Thursday, September 28, scores of children’s book artists, authors, and advocates will gather together for the twelfth annual Carle Honors, the annual fundraising gala and awards ceremony for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art.

The gala will recognize four honorees for their imaginative and forward-thinking contributions to the world of picture books.

Who: Hosted by Eric Carle, Museum co-founder
Presented by Jack Gantos, author of the Newbery Award-winning work Dead End in Norvelt

The 2017 Carle Honors honorees are:
Ed Young, Artist: for lifelong innovation in the field  
Caldecott Medalist and two-time Hans Christian Andersen Medal nominee, Ed Young is revered for his ability to impart in his books an air of beauty, integrity and innovation. Young’s work masterfully brings stories to life, and his success in the field sets an inspiring example for young artists.

Dr. John Y. Cole, Angel: for individuals whose generous resources make picture book art exhibitions and education programs a reality
Currently a historian at the Library of Congress, Dr. John Y. Cole has long highlighted the importance of books for children and teens. His past efforts have included being the coordinator for the National Book Festival from 2001-2013; kickstarting the establishment of the position of National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature in 2008; and realizing in 2009 the long-standing plan of the Library of Congress to open a Young Readers Center in its historic Jefferson Building.

Bank Street Writers Lab, represented by Chairperson Dr. Cynthia Weill, Director of the Center for Children’s Literature, Mentor: for the editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form
For nearly 80 years, Bank Street Writers Lab has supported growth in the field of children’s literature. The Writers Lab encourages the writing of children’s literature that shows an understanding and appreciation of the language of growing children, is aware of and responsive to children’s real and imagined worlds, and affirms the social and cultural heritage of every child.  

Anthea Bell, Bridge: for individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields
A pioneer in the word of translations of foreign language books into English, especially children’s literature, Anthea Bell’s translations of works such as Hans Christian Andersen’s fairytales and the French Asterix comics have kept intact literature’s capacity to touch the world. Her ability to keep alive the spirit of each original piece she works on is a testament to her greatness in the field.

What: 5:00 pm: Reception, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails; silent auction opens
6:00 pm: Presentation
7:00 pm: Dinner, drinks, dessert and silent auction
9:00 pm: Silent auction closes

Where: Guastavino’s
    409 East 59th Street
    New York, NY 10022

When: Thursday, September 28, 2017

Why:  The Carle Honors is a key fundraiser and provides critical support for the Museum’s mission to instill a love of art and reading through picture books.

Founded in 2002, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, MA, collects, preserves, presents and celebrates picture books and their illustrations and offers educational programs to provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle was named a 2015 and 2016 finalist for a National Medal, the highest museum award in the country for “exemplary leadership in promoting lifelong learning while engaging and inspiring the public.” Exhibits from The Carle travel to other prestigious cultural institutions as well, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the New-York Historical Society, and Atlanta’s High Museum of Art. The Carle has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other grants to bring nationally-acclaimed artists to schools without adequate access to picture books.

How: Individual Tickets: Patron tickets are $600 per person and include cocktails, presentation, dinner, and dessert. Specially priced tickets for educators are available at $175 including presentation, dinner and dessert.

Sponsor Tickets: Individual sponsor tickets are available for $750; sponsorship packages start at $5,000. Individual sponsors and sponsorship packages above $7,500 will receive an autographed copy of Lon Po Po by Ed Young.

For more details or to purchase a sponsorship/ticket to the event, visit or call Rebecca Miller Goggins at (413) 559-6308.

Auction: The Carle Honors Art Auction features original works of art donated by 24 of the industry’s most celebrated artists, including Eric Carle. The auction will open for online bidding on September 6 at ; will be on display from September 6-27  at Books of Wonder bookstore in New York City; and will culminate with a silent auction at the gala that night. Absentee bidders are invited to bid in real time through the secure online and mobile bidding site.

Sponsors: The 2017 Carle Honors is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and patrons, including Premier Patrons Patrick and Jane Bayard Curley; Robert L. and Lydia Forbes; Macmillan Children’s Publishing Group; Penguin Young Readers Group; and Scholastic Inc.; and Honoree Patron Random House Children’s Books.

For media credentials, additional press information and/or images, please contact Gwen Steuart at or 212-255-6395.

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 40,000-square foot facility has served more than half a million visitors, including 30,000 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

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

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