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The Eric Carle Museum Hosts the Eighth Annual Carle Honors

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We are big fans of the work of Eric Carle and the Eric Carle museum so we were thrilled when we heard about eighth annual Carle Honors taking place at Guastavino’s in New York City on the 26th.

This will include a 10th anniversary celebration with over 300 fellow children’s book artists, authors and advocate that will also pay tribute to the key individuals and organizations that have made the picture book such a vibrant and impactful art form in America, as well as those who have championed its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy and critical thinking.

For just over a decade, The Eric Carle Museum has been collecting, preserving, presenting and celebrating picture books and their illustrations with the mission to foster a love of art and reading in all ages. The only full-scale museum of its kind in the United States, The Carle was the recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award for Creative Learning for its exceptional demonstration of the importance of creativity and innovation to student achievement and success.

The evening will feature a constellation of awards presented to the individuals whose creative vision and dedication are integral to picture books and their role in arts education and literacy. The awards recognize individuals in four distinct forms: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

The lineup includes the following honorees:

Artist: Chris Van Allsburg – Author/illustrator and two time Caldecott Medal winner for Jumanji and The Polar Express

Angel: Lynda Johnson Robb and Carol Rasco – Founding Board Member/Chairman Emeritus and President/CEO (respectively), Reading Is Fundamental Mentor: Phyllis Fogelman Baker– First President of Dial Books for Young Readers; Publisher, Phyllis, Fogelman Books

Bridge: Barbara Bader - Author, American Picturebooks from Noah's Ark to The Beast Within, the seminal scholarly work on the history of picture books

To learn more about the gala, we also had the chance to interview Alix Kennedy, Executive Director of The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art about the gala and its amazing programming.

Momtrends: How does the Carle Honors find the works of art that will be auctioned at the event? 

 Alix Kennedy: Every year, in anticipation of the event, we reach out to a group of picture book artists to ask if they would like to contribute an original work. We try to select artists who have been involved at the museum during that year – through exhibitions or programs – as well as artists who have connections to the honorees we will be celebrating. The artists are always, without exception, generous. In the end, we usually have about fifteen pieces for the auction.

Momtrends: Can you talk about the Carle Honors and its commitment to the arts and literature for kids? 

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Alix: The event was conceived by Leonard Marcus, a museum trustee and one of the country's leading children's book critics and historians. His idea - which I think was brilliant - was to highlight the creative contributions of the artists and writers who create picture books as well as the many people behind the scenes who make these books possible. That includes editors, art directors, philanthropists, educators, and leaders of non–profit organizations that support literacy and art. The community of people who create children's books are remarkably passionate and dedicated, all united by the belief that every child deserves to have great books.

Momtrends: Where do the proceeds from the event go? To education? To the museum?

Alix: Proceeds from the event help to fund the museum's many programs for families, educators, and school children. These include exhibitions, art-making, films, theater, music, story times, and school visits.

Momtrends: What is your mission in hosting this type of event?

Alix: We are great believers that picture books can inspire a lifelong love of art and reading. The Carle Honors is a way for us to trumpet that – and to thank all the people who have dedicated their careers to making great books for children.


409 East 59th Street

New York, NY 10022

Thursday, September 26, 2013

5:00 pm – VIP champagne reception with honorees
6:00 pm – Reception with drinks, dinner fare, and auction
7:30 pm – Seated presentation of awards
8:15 pm – Dessert and coffee
8:45 pm – Auction close

All works are available on display at Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street, New York City fromSeptember 5 through September 25 and online now at Absentee bids are encouraged, and can be placed now by contacting Rebecca Miller Goggins at or calling 413-658-1118

To purchase a sponsorship or tickets to the event, please call (413)-658-1104 or visit

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