The Carle Honors Art Auction

In New York City on September 29, 2022

The Carle Honors Art Auction is an integral part of the Museum’s annual Carle Honors benefit gala. 2022’s event returned in person to New York City at Guastavino’s. A virtual event was streamed online. Co-chaired by Suzanne Collins and her husband, Cap Pryor, the gala raises funds to support the Museum and celebrates the work of individuals and organizations who have made lasting contributions to the field of children’s literature.

The Weisgard family donated two of Leonard’s illustrations to the auction from the book “The Family Mother Goose” Harper & Brothers 1951

Illustration by Leonard Weisgard “Three Little Kittens”

Illustration by Leonard Weisgard from The Family Mother Goose.

The 2018 Carle Honors were awarded at Guastavino’s in New York City. The thirteenth annual gala and fundraiser.

Leonard Weisgard (American, 1916 – 2000) Illustration for Little Lost Lamb by Golden MacDonald (Margaret Wise Brown) Doubleday, Doran, and Company, 1945

Illustration by Leonard Weisgard for Little Lost Lamb by Golden MacDonald (Margaret Wise Brown) Doubleday, Doran, and Company, 1945

Leonard Weisgard won the 1947 Caldecott Medal for The Little Island (1946) written by Margaret Wise Brown. Thanks to the generosity of his three children, a large body of his work is in The Carle’s permanent collection and was featured in the exhibition Magician of the Modern: The Art of Leonard Weisgard (March 8 – June 5, 2016).

All proceeds benefit The Carle’s mission to instill a love of art and reading through picture books.

“Awards were presented by Andrea Davis Pinkney. Her exemplary work has garnered her numerous accolades, including multiple Coretta Scott King Book Awards, Jane Addams Children’s Literature Honor citations, the Boston Globe/Horn Book Honor medal, and many more. A successful author, she is also a successful children’s book publisher and editor with titles by Allen Say, Lois Lowry, Toni Morrison, and more. “

The Carle Honors 2018

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.