The Carle Honors Benefit Gala – Thursday, September 26, 2024

The New-York Historical Society
5:30 - 8:30 pm

The Carle’s biggest annual event, this fabulous fundraiser celebrates individuals and organizations making lasting contributions in the field. Join us for an evening of excitement, glamour, and inspiration!

Grace Lin and Alvina Ling stand at a podium wearing butterfly wings as they host The Carle Honors in 2019 at Guastavino's

Grace Lin and Alvina Ling, hosts of the 2019 Carle Honors

We are thrilled to be bringing back The Carle’s biggest annual event, our benefit to celebrate individuals and organizations making lasting contributions in children’s literature and picture book art. Join us for musical performances with Marlo Thomas and Friends, art activations, inspiring words from our honorees, and the best and brightest in the picture book community. 

The 2024 Carle Honors Honorees are:

Close up of Uri Shulevitz

Uri Shulevitz

We Need Diverse Books Logo

We Need Diverse Books
Represented by Ellen Oh

KitLit TV Logo

KidLit TV
Represented by Julie Gribble


The Horn Book
Represented by Elissa Gershowitz

Exclusive Premier Sponsor

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Host Committee

Suzanne Collins and Cap Pryor
Jane Bayard Curley 
Janet and William Gorth
Katherine Vaz and Christopher Cerf

We are delighted to be presenting the Honors in a new location with a new format, bringing focus and funds to the Museum and expanding our reach and impact. The Honors will be held at the New-York Historical Society with a presentation and reception for all, and special segments for our honorees and closest friends. In addition to fêting the four honorees, we will present a special celebration with Marlo Thomas and Friends to complement The Carle’s upcoming exhibition of Free to Be …You and Me which will open in November 2024.  In lieu of the auction, we will be highlighting the newest works added to our permanent collection.

All proceeds benefit The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, which promotes joy, tolerance, and understanding through the universally beloved medium of picture book art. In addition, a portion of the proceeds for all tickets will include a donation to our Inspiration Fund which provides complimentary tickets for artists and educators who might not otherwise be able to attend.

The 2024 Carle Honors Program:

  • 5:30 pm – Doors open for all guests 
  • 6:00 pm – All guests are invited to the presentation of awards, which will include 
    • A special musical revue celebrating the upcoming exhibition of Free to Be …You and Me with Marlo Thomas and Friends 
    • Unique tributes for the four honorees with Grace Lin, Dr. Claudette McLinn, and more 

  • 7:00 – All guests are invited to the reception with cocktails, food, and mingling for all 

  • 8:30 – Reception concludes 


About The Carle Honors

The Carle Honors recognize individuals in the picture book field for their dedication and creative vision. The four honorees are selected by a committee chaired by children’s book historian, author, and critic Leonard S. Marcus, founder of the Honors, in the following categories:

Artist – Given to an individual who has shown lifelong innovation in the field.
Mentor – For an editor, designer, or educator who has championed the art form.
Angel – For an individual whose generous resources are crucial to making picture-book art exhibitions, education programs, and related projects a reality.
Bridge – For an individual who has found inspired ways to bring the art of the picture book to larger audiences through work in other fields.

For additional information about the Honors, Host and Sponsorship opportunities, and our 2024 Inspiration Fund, please contact Rebecca Miller Goggins, director of development at or 413-559-6308.