An Evening with 'Heart': The 2017 Eric Carle Honors

This year’s Carle Honors, an autumnal celebration of children’s books and benefit for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, took place at Guastavino’s in New York City on September 28. Each year, the Carle Honors celebrate the contributions of four individuals to the vibrant world of children’s literature. This year’s awards went to Dr. John Y. Cole for the “Angel” honor; Bank Street Writers Lab, for the “Mentor” honor; Anthea Bell for the “Bridge” honor; and Ed Young, for the “Artist” honor. Author Jack Gantos served as the evening’s master of ceremonies. Eric Carle. Among the speakers to offer opening remarks was Eric Carle, who looked out at the enthusiastic crowd of faces—many familiar, many not—and said, “The crowd is getting bigger here. That’s a good sign”. After thanking the audience members for their ongoing support of the Amherst, Mass., museum, he added that his own admiration for the institution and its exhibitions has only increased with the years; “I’m so impressed with my museum,” he kidded. One of the reasons he has been visiting the museum so often: this summer, the museum broke ground on “Bobbie’s Garden,” a space created as a tribute to Carle’s late […]

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