The 2016 Carle Honors were awarded at Guastavino’s in New York City. The eleventh annual gala and fundraiser celebrated the talented people who have played an instrumental role in making children’s books a vibrant and influential art and literary form in America.
Awards were presented by Gregory Maguire, the author of three dozen books for young readers and adults and best known for his novel, Wicked. A reviewer for the Sunday New York Times Book Review, he taught at the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College and cofounded the non-profit Children’s Literature New England.
In addition to the presentation of awards, The Carle Honors gala featured The Carle Honors Art Auction, which highlighted original art donated by some of the industry’s most revered artists.
Two of Leonard Weisgard’s illustrations were donated to the auction.
In the auction: Pussy Willow by Margaret Wise Brown [Weston Publishing Company, Inc., 1951] Gouache on illustration board
Jan Wahl, The Golden Christmas Tree, Western Publishing, 1988.