2019 Carle Honors Announced

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art has revealed the recipients of its 2019 Carle Honors.

Melissa Sweet, collage artist and author of several award-winning books for young readers, was named the Artist Honoree. Sweet’s picture books include Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy’s Parade, the bestselling Some Writer! The Story of E.B. White, and two Caldecott Honor books: The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus and A River of Words: William Carlos Williams, both by Jen Bryant.

Kenny Garcia and Madeline Peña have been chosen as the Angel Honorees for their work at REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association, REFORMA supports the development of library collections, programs, and staff serving the Latino community.

Chihiro Art Museum was chosen as the Bridge Honoree in recognition of its pioneering work as one of the world’s largest repositories of picture book art.

David Saylor, v-p and creative director of the Scholastic Trade Publishing Group, has been selected as Mentor. Saylor is the founder and publisher of Scholastic’s graphic novel imprint, Graphix, which publishes authors and artists including Kazu Kibuishi, Jarrett J. Krosoczka, Dav Pilkey, Jeff Smith, and Raina Telgemeier; he is also the art director for all American editions of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter books.

The 14th annual Carle Honors will be presented in New York City on September 26, hosted by author-illustrator Grace Lin and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers v-p and editor-in-chief Alvina Ling, lifelong friends and collaborators who are champions of diversity in children’s literature. The Carle Honors Art Auction will also take place at that time.

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