Eric Carle, one of the most acclaimed children’s book authors and illustrators, world-renowned for his award-winning series of children’s book titles including the iconic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, opened The Eric Carle Museum in Amherst, Mass, in 2012. In support of the museum, the Eric Carle Honors annual gala and fundraiser celebrates the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America
The 9th Eric Carle Honors took place at Guastavino’s in New York City last month, with awards presented to four highly regarded recipients. The Mentor Award went to Henrietta Mays Smith for her work as a librarian and professor at the School of Information at the University of South Florida in Tampa. Smith is also a dedicated and active American Library Association member. The Angel Award was presented to Reach Out and Read, a nonprofit organization. Françoise Mouly received the Bridge Award for her work as art editor at the New Yorker and publisher and editorial director of TOON Books. Finally, renowned children’s book illustrator Jerry Pinkney was honored with the Artist Award. One very special guest in attendance was Eric Carle’s long lost friend Florence, Carle’s inspiration for his recent book, “Friends.”
The impact and appeal of Eric Carle’s works have extended beyond his publishing franchise and his contribution to the recognition of storybook art, to a collection of award winning children’s product. The World of Eric Carle toys, games, apparel, accessories, gift, and juvenile products educate, entertain and delight children with Carle’s iconic art, characters and themes from his 70 plus books. The Joester Loria Group is proud to be the global licensing agent for The World of Eric Carle and is a proud supporter of The Eric Carle Museum.