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Press Release Fun: Eric Carle Museum Honorees Announced!

Sorry, folks. More very very soon. I just got home at 1 a.m. last night. A tip of the hat to Foundry for the fun. Tomorrow, much more. In the meantime . . .

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art Announces

Sixth Annual Carle Honors Honorees

Amherst, Mass. (March 22, 2011) — The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is delighted to announce the 2011 Carle Honors Honorees.  This year’s selection of distinguished luminaries include

Lois Ehlert, Artist – Caldecott Honor winning author and illustrator

Jeanne Steig, Angel – Multimedia artist; donor of the William Steig picture book art archive to The Carle’s permanent collection

Michael di Capua, Mentor – Editor and art director of children’s books for more than 40 years

Karen Nelson Hoyle, Bridge – Professor and curator of The Children’s Literature Research Collections at the University of Minnesota

“It is a thrill to honor these individuals whose work has contributed so positively to the world of children’s literature. Industry giants on their own, together these four talents comprise a sweeping scope of the breadth and impact of this exceptional genre,” said Alexandra Kennedy, executive director of The Carle.

The Carle Honors awards celebrate the creative vision and long-term dedication of key individuals and organizations to the world of picture books and the many ways they open minds to art and literacy. The awards recognize four distinct forms: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous financial support is crucial to making picture book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

All will be feted at New York City’s Guastavino’s on Thursday, September 22, 2011. Watch for additional information, or please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, Director of Development for details.; 413-658-1118.

About The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art

Together with his wife Barbara, Eric Carle, the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, founded The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art as the first full-scale museum in this country devoted to national and international picture book art, conceived and built with the aim of celebrating the art that we are first exposed to as children. Through the exploration of images that are familiar and beloved, it is the Museum’s goal to provide an enriching, dynamic, and supportive context for the development of literacy and to foster in visitors of all ages and backgrounds the confidence to appreciate and enjoy art of every kind. The Museum—which houses three galleries dedicated to rotating exhibitions of picture book art, a hands-on Art Studio, a Reading Library, an Auditorium, a Café, and a Museum Shop—is located at 125 West Bay Road, Amherst, MA. Museum hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 am to 4 pm, Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, and Sunday 12 noon to 5 pm. Admission is $9 for adults, $6 for children under 18, and $22.50 for a family of four. For further information and directions, call 413-658-1100 or visit the Museum’s website at

For media inquiries, additional press information and/or images, please contact Sandy Soderberg at or 413-658-1105.

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


About Elizabeth Bird

Elizabeth Bird is currently the Collection Development Manager of the Evanston Public Library system and a former Materials Specialist for New York Public Library. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. Her opinions are her own and do not reflect those of EPL, SLJ, or any of the other acronyms you might be able to name. Follow her on Twitter: @fuseeight.


  1. Karen Gray Ruelle says:

    Hooray! And congrats to all. I adore Lois Ehlert’s work (who doesn’t!)
    And welcome back, Betsy!