The Eric Carle Museum Celebrates Children’s Book Artists! The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction

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

As is the custom each fall, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, celebrated the world of picture books. “The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction” took place September 24, 2020, held in lieu of the Museum’s annual Carle Honors Benefit Gala .

A very hungry caterpillar.

The event raised $158,752 in support of the Museum and its art and literacy programs, including its online and in-person picture book art exhibitions, art projects, and educational resources for children, families, and educators around the world. The Carle is grateful for this strong support in such a challenging year and views this as testament to the power of picture books to give comfort and bring people together.

A silent auction as well as a  live auction took place during the event. This year’s selections were generously provided by some of the field’s most distinguished artists, including: Sophie Blackall, Sandra Boynton, Eric Carle, Bryan Collier, Diane Dillon, Tony DiTerlizzi, Vashti Harrison, Oliver Jeffers, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Grace Lin, LeUyen Pham, Jerry Pinkney, Christian Robinson, Maurice Sendak, Don Tate, Raúl The Third, Evan Turk, Rosemary Wells, and Mo Willems.

For the love of picture books!

As well, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announced the 2021 Carle Honors Honorees to be celebrated in the Fall of 2021 in New York City. The Museum is delighted to shine light on the bright talents of these extraordinary Honoree’s for their stupendous body of beautiful life’s work:

Raúl Colón

Raúl Colón, award-winning illustrator of more than 30 children’s books, was named the Artist Honoree for “his exceptional artistry, unique techniques, and powerful stories of people who never give up on their dreams.” Colón’s picture books include Draw!Imagine!, Susanna Reich’s José! Born to Dance, Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Christmas, and Jill Biden’s Don’t Forget, God Bless Our Troops.

Every Child a Reader, represented by Carl Lennertz, has been selected as Angel. As executive director of Every Child a Reader, the charitable arm of the Children’s Book Council, Lennertz oversees the organizations’ anchor literacy programs, including Children’s Book Week, the Children’s and Teen Choice Books Awards, Get Caught Reading, and the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature (co-sponsored with the Library of Congress).

Carl Lennertz

Patricia Aldana, renowned children’s book publisher, is the 2021 Mentor Honoree. As the founder of Groundwood Books, past president of the International Board on Books for Young People, president of the IBBY Trust, and publisher of Greystone Kids imprint Aldana Libros, she is committed to fostering new voices in picture books

Patricia Aldana

Dennis M. V. David and Justin G. Schiller, founders of Battledore Ltd., have been named Bridge Honorees. David and Schiller have had long careers as dealers in rare and collectible children’s books, original illustration, and manuscripts. They are recognized for their scholarship in children’s literature and illustration, and work creating many of the field’s major research collections.

Dennis M. V. David and Justin G. Schiller

Rounding off the evening were featured appearances by Julie Andrews, Emma Walton Hamilton, Tami Charles, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Melissa Sweet, and David Wiesner, among others, as well as an exhibition video from Sandra Boynton and Yo-Yo Ma and a behind-the-scenes look at exhibitions coming up at The Carle. You can view the broadcast at this link.

The Eric Carle Museum Celebrates Children’s Book Artists, Authors, and Advocates at The Very Virtual Benefit & Auction. Please visit: The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art 

All pictures courtesy of The Eric Carle Museum.

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