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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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CarleHonors2018 press release

13th Annual Carle Honors Gala to Celebrate Author and Illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky, Among Other Literary Leaders

(Amherst, MA --June 28, 2018) -- On Thursday, September 27, hundreds of children’s book artists, authors, and advocates will gather together for the thirteenth 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 instrumental role in making picture books a vibrant and influential art and literary form.

Who:  Presented by Eric Carle, Museum co-founder, and The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art
Hosted by: Andrea Davis Pinkney, award-winning author and esteemed publisher and editor  

The 2018 Carle Honors honorees are:
Paul O. Zelinsky, Artist: for lifelong innovation in the field  
A master of many styles, Paul O. Zelinsky brings exceptional artistry and poignant storytelling to the field of children’s literature. In 1998, Zelinsky received the Caldecott Medal for his illustrated retelling of Rapunzel. The recipient of numerous other accolades, including three additional Caldecott Honors for Hansel and Gretel (1985), Rumpelstiltskin (1987), and Swamp Angel (1995), Zelinsky is regarded as one of the most critically acclaimed artists in the field of children’s literature.

The Sendak Fellowship & Workshop, represented by Lynn Caponera and Dona Ann McAdams, Angel: for individuals whose generous resources make picture book art exhibitions and education programs a reality
The Sendak Fellowship & Workshop has made remarkable strides in advancing the next generation of talent within children’s literature. The annual fellowship, created by Maurice Sendak in 2010, encourages the creation of work that “excites and incites,” while fostering young illustrators and writers, providing them with artist residencies. Previous fellows include Elisha Cooper, Terry and Eric Fan, Yuyi Morales, and Sergio Ruzzier, among other talents.

The Bologna Children’s Book Fair, represented by Elena Pasoli, Bridge: for individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has successfully brought together books and publishers from around the world, creating a broad global audience and strengthening international bonds across cultures. Organizers showcase the importance of quality children’s books as a tool for opening minds and helping children grow as global citizens. As both a cultural book show and international rights business forum, the fair creates a unique locus of discussion for children’s books.

Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop, Mentor: for the editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form
Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop has influenced generations of students as a children’s literature scholar and as author of Shadow and Substance: Afro-American Experience in Contemporary Children’s Fiction (1982) and Free Within Ourselves: The Development of African American Children’s Literature (2007). She has been a champion of diversity in the field and is credited with the indispensable metaphor of books as both “windows and mirrors.”

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

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

When:  Thursday, September 27, 2018
Why:  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.

Founded in 2002, The Carle in Amherst, MA, collects, preserves, presents, and celebrates picture books and their illustrations and offers educational programs that provide a foundation for arts integration and literacy. A leading advocate in its field, 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.” Exhibitions 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, as well as to multiple international institutions, including the Seongnam Arts Center in Seoul, South Korea, and several museums in Japan. The Carle has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and numerous other grants to bring nationally-acclaimed artists to schools with limited access to picture books.

How: Individual Tickets: Patron tickets are $600 per person and include cocktails, presentation, dinner, and dessert. Early Bird Patron tickets are available until July 20 and are priced at $500. Specially priced tickets for educators are available at $175 which include 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 a hardcover copy of Rapunzel autographed by Paul O. Zelinsky.

For more details or to purchase a sponsorship/ticket to the event, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins at 413-559-6308 or

Use the hashtag #CarleHonors and follow @CarleMuseum on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram to stay up to date on new announcements!

Auction:  The Carle Honors Art Auction features original works of art donated by more than 20 of the industry’s most celebrated artists, including Eric Carle. The auction will open for online bidding on August 31 at and will culminate with a silent auction at the gala that night. National and international bidders can bid in real time through the secure online bidding site.

Sponsors: The 2018 Carle Honors is made possible by the generosity of our sponsors and patrons.

For media inquiries, additional press information and photo requests, please contact:
Gwen Steuart at or Sandy Soderberg at
Donations welcome at


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. 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

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


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