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The Museum To Fête Carle Honors Honorees with Virtual September Event

Sandra Soderberg
This fall, The Carle will celebrate the 2021 Carle Honors Honorees for their exceptional work in the field of children’s art and literature.

The 2021 Carle Honorees will be celebrated on September 23rd as a virtual event to support the Museum and its art and literacy programs. This key fundraiser for The Carle will feature interviews with the Honorees, Museum updates, special guests, and a silent art auction.

The Museum is delighted to bring attention to these extraordinary Honorees for their life’s work. The Carle Honors Art Auction will feature more than 25 unique works of art from top illustrators in the field. Registration is free, and opportunities to support the Museum are available at sign up or during the event. Sign up for the event here.

The Carle Honors Honorees are selected each year by a committee chaired by children’s literature historian and critic Leonard S. Marcus, who was central to the founding of the Honors. The committee recognizes four distinct awards: Artist, for lifelong innovation in the field; Angel, whose generous resources are crucial to making illustrated children’s book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality; Mentor, editors, designers, and educators who champion the art form; and Bridge, individuals or organizations who have found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

Get to know our Honorees


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Artist: Raúl Colón

Raúl Colón is an award-winning illustrator of over 30 children’s books, including 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. Throughout his distinguished career, Colón has inspired readers and illustrators alike with his exceptional artistry, unique techniques, and powerful stories of people who never give up on their dreams.

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Angel: Every Child a Reader, represented by Carl Lennertz

As the not-for-profit arm of the Children’s Book Council, Every Child a Reader sponsors far-reaching literacy programs, including Children’s Book Week, Children’s & Teen Choice Book Awards, and Get Caught Reading. With the Library of Congress, it co-sponsors the National Ambassadorship for Young People’s Literature. Carl Lennertz serves as the executive director of Every Child a Reader.

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Mentor: Patricia Aldana:

Patricia Aldana is a renowned children’s book publisher who has devoted her career to bringing new voices to picture books. She is the founder of Groundwood Books, Past President of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY), President of the IBBY Trust, and Publisher of Aldana Libros, an imprint of Greystone Kids.

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Bridge: Dennis M. V. David and Justin G. Schiller

Dennis M. V. David and Justin G. Schiller, founders of Battledore Ltd., enjoy a combined 100-year career as dealers in rare and collectible children’s books, related original illustration art, and manuscripts. Together they contribute pioneering scholarship in the field of children’s literature and illustration, and play seminal, behind-the-scenes roles as builders of many of the field’s major research collections.


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Sandra Soderberg

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