I was in New York last month to celebrate the Carle Honors, The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art’s annual gala and auction. Each year, The Carle Honors recognizes the contributions of four people in the field of children’s books and this year they were an inspiring group: illustrator Alice Provensen who at 91 travelled from California for the occasion, Kyle Zimmer who started the organization First Book which has donated more than 65 million books to children, editor Walter Lorraine who worked with David Macaulay, Chris Van Allsburg, Lois Lowry and Allen Say among others. And the founders of Cricket Magazine, Marianne and Blouke Carus who created a publication where many illustrators’ careers began. It was an exciting evening with many hellos and hugs with old friends and colleagues who I don’t see as regularly as I used to, remembering old times we’ve shared. There were so many friends from the world of children’s books all together on a warm evening on a beautiful terrace in New York. The speeches were moving, the food delicious and the dessert, quite amazing, as you can see!

photo credit:Kate Gray