The seventh annual Carle Honors, an event that recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to children’s literature and literacy, was held at Guastavino’s in New York City this past September.
Founder of the event and iconic author/illustrator Eric Carle was in attendance along with his wife Barbara. Carle gave a touching speech in which he expressed his appreciation for all who have helped make The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art the fantastic institution it is today including the world’s most famous, hungry caterpillar. The museum is now celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
This year’s honorees were Christopher Cerf, Kent L. Brown, Jr., Frances Foster (mentor), and Lane Smith. The award categories and honorees included: “Bridge”, for individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields, in which Christopher Cerf was honored; “Angel”, for those whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions education programs, and related projects a reality in which Kent L. Brown was honored; “Mentor”, for editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form in which Frances Foster was honored; and “Artist” for lifelong innovation in the field in which Lane Smith was honored.
The Joester Loria Group is The World of Eric Carle’s exclusive North American licensing agency and we were proud to be in attendance to celebrate the Carle Honors.
Publishers Weekly recently posted a recap of the event.
For more information about the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art visit: http://www.carlemuseum.org/