May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture

Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award
Awarded for significant contribution to the field of children's literature
Presented by Association for Library Service to Children
Country  United States
First awarded 1970
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The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture was established in 1969 to honor American educator May Hill Arbuthnot.[1] The lecture is given each year by an author, artist, critic, librarian, historian or teacher who has made a significant contribution to the field of children's literature.[1] The lectureship is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association.[1] In the past 41 years (1970-2010), 41 people have been honored with the award.[2]


Criteria for award

The lecturer is chosen each year by a committee from a list of nominations. After the lecturer has been chosen and announced to the public, the committee chooses a host from another list of nominations. [3]


Year Lecturer Title Host City, State
2011 Lois Lowry to come to come


to come
2010 Kathleen T. (K.T.) Horning "Can Children's Books Save the World?" Riverside County (Calif.) Library System[2] Riverside, California
2009 Walter Dean Myers "The Geography of the Heart"[4] Langston Hughes Library at the Children's Defense Fund Alex Haley Farm[2] Clinton, Tennessee
2008 David Macaulay "Thirteen Studios" South Central Library System[2] Madison, Wisconsin
2007 Kevin Henkes "Books As Shelter: Going Home Again and Again" McConnell Center for the Study of Youth Literature, University of Kentucky SLIS[2] Lexington, Kentucky
2006 Russell Freedman "The Past Isn’t Past: How History Speaks, and What It Says to the Next Generation." Williamsburg Regional Library
The Library of Virginia
Virginia Foundation for the Humanities[2]
Williamsburg, Virginia
2005 Richard Jackson "Mutuality" Free Library of Philadelphia
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School[2]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2004 Ursula K. Le Guin "Cheek by Jowl: Animals in Children's Literature" Maricopa County Library District
Arizona State University
Arizona Center for the Book[2]
Phoenix, Arizona
2003 Maurice Sendak   Cambridge Public Library
Children's Literature, Inc.[2]
Cambridge, Massachusetts
2002 Philip Pullman "So She Went Into the Garden" Le Frak Hall, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies[2] Flushing, New York
2001 Susan Cooper "Time and Again" Scottish Rite Center
Multnomah County Library[2]
Portland, Oregon
2000 Hazel Rochman "A Stranger Comes to Town" Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut[2] Storrs, Connecticut
1999 Lillian N. Gerhardt "Editorial License: On Library Selection Connections" San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science[2] San Jose, California
1998 Susan Hirschman "Instead of a Lecture" Richland County Public Library and the College of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina[2] Columbia, South Carolina
1997 Katherine Paterson "In Search of Wonder" Northern State University[2] Aberdeen, South Dakota
1996 Zena Sutherland "A Life in Review" Dallas Public Library[2] Dallas, Texas
1995 Leonard Everett Fisher "Imaginings and Images" University of Wisconsin[2] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1994 Margaret K. McElderry "Across the Years, Across the Seas: Notes from an Errant Editor" Coronado Public Library[2] Coronado, California
1993 Virginia Hamilton "Everything of Value: Moral Realism in the Literature for Children" Virginia Center for the Book[2] Richmond, Virginia
1992 Charlotte S. Huck "Developing Lifetime Readers" Montana Library Association annual conference[2] Bozeman, Montana
1991 Iona Opie "The Nature and Function of Children's Lore" Library of Congress[2] Washington, DC
1990 Ashley Bryan "A Tender Bridge" University of New Orleans[2] New Orleans, Louisiana
1989 Margaret Mahy "A Dissolving Ghost: Possible Operations of Truth in Children's Books and the Lives of Children" University of Pittsburgh[2] Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1988 John Bierhorst "Pushing up the Sun a Little" University of Oklahoma[2] Norman, Oklahoma
1987 James Archibald Houston "A Primitive View of the World" Northern Illinois University[2] DeKalb, Illinois
1986 Aidan Chambers "All of a Tremble to See His Danger" University of Arkansas[2] Little Rock, Arkansas
1985 Patricia Wrightson "Stones into Pools" Indiana University
Stone Hills Area Library Services Authority[2]
Bloomington, Indiana
1984 Fritz Eichenberg "Bell, Book and Candle" Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center[2] Minneapolis, Minnesota
1983 Leland B. Jacobs "Children and the Voices of Literature" Center for the Study of Literature for Young People at the University of Georgia[2] Athens, Georgia
1982 Dorothy Butler "From Books to Buttons: Reflections From the Thirties to the Eighties" Florida State University[2] Orlando, Florida
1981 Virginia Betancourt "Information: A Necessity for Survival: Strategies for the Promotion of Children's Books in a Developing Country" Texas Woman's University[2] Denton, Texas
1980 Horst Kunze "German Children's Literature From Its Beginning to the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Perspective" University of Wisconsin[2] Milwaukee, Wisconsin
1979 Sheila Egoff "Beyond the Garden Wall: Some Observations on Current Trends in Children's Literature" University of South Carolina[2] Columbia, South Carolina
1978 Uriel Ofek "Tom and Laura from Right to Left: American Children's Books Experienced by Young Hebrew Readers" Boston Public Library[2] Boston, Massachusetts
1977 Shigeo Watanabe "One of the Dozens" Boise State University[2] Boise, Idaho
1976 Jean Fritz "The Education of an American" Los Angeles Public Library[2] Los Angeles, California
1975 Mollie Hunter "Talent Is Not Enough" Drexel University[2] Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1974 Ivan Southall "Real Adventure Belongs To Us" University of Washington[2] Seattle, Washington
1973 Bettina Hürlimann "Fortunate Moments in Children's Books" University of Missouri[2] Kansas City, Missouri
1972 Mary Ørvig "One World in Children's Books" University of Chicago[2] Chicago, Illinois
1971 John Rowe Townsend "Standards of Criticism for Children's Literature" Atlanta Memorial Arts Center[2] Atlanta, Georgia
1970 Margery Fisher "Rights and Wrongs" Case Western Reserve University[2] Cleveland, Ohio

Repeat lecturers

  • Three lectures have been hosted in California.
  • Three lectures have been hosted in Pennsylvania.
  • Two lectures have titles referring to The Secret Garden
  • Two lectures have been hosted in Georgia
  • Two lectures have been hosted in Massachusetts


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