Eric Carle Museum Announces 2022 Carle Honors Honorees

Celebrating exceptional individuals and organizations in children’s literature

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art announces the 2022 Carle Honors Honorees, to be awarded at the Benefit Gala and Art Auction at Guastavino’s in New York City on Thursday, September 29, 2022, at 5:00 p.m. Now in its 16th year, the annual gala and fundraiser celebrates individuals and organizations whose creative vision and long-term dedication have had a profound effect on picture books and the vital role they play in arts appreciation and early literacy.

“We are delighted to celebrate our honorees with our first in-person celebration since 2019,” said Rebecca Miller Goggins, director of development at The Carle. “This year, we also plan to incorporate some exciting virtual components that were first introduced in 2020, making this our first hybrid fundraiser. When the pandemic sent us all reeling, we returned again and again to our deepest connections. The Carle fosters these connections through picture books, which bring us together and remind us to be our best selves. On September 29th we honor those who make these books possible.”

The Carle Honors recognize 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.  

This year's recipients are:

Faith Ringgold, a painter, mixed media sculptor, teacher, lecturer, and author of numerous award-winning children’s books.

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, that inspires a lifelong love of books and learning by mailing specially selected books to the homes of registered children, from birth to age 5, each month.

Ajia, one of China’s foremost translators of Western children’s books and an influential storyteller, author, and educator who has translated several reference books and more than 200 picture books from English to Chinese.

Wade and Cheryl Hudson, who are authors, publishers, and leading advocates for equity, diversity, and inclusion in the children’s book industry. In 1988, they founded Just Us Books to publish children’s literature that centers and celebrates Black people, history, and culture.

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 Carle Honors is a key fundraiser for The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art, and all proceeds support the Museum’s mission to inspire a love of art and reading through picture books. 

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art is the international champion for picture books. Carle was the renowned author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the 1969 classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Since opening, the 43,000 square foot facility has served more than 750,000 visitors, including 50,000 schoolchildren. The Carle houses more than 11,000 objects, including 7,300 permanent collection illustrations. Learn more at and on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram @CarleMuseum.