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 Official website http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/arbuthnothonor/arbuthnothonor.cfm
The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture was established in 1969 to honor American educator May Hill Arbuthnot. 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. The lectureship is awarded by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association. In the past 41 years (1970-2010), 41 people have been honored with the award.
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. 
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 Riverside, California 2009 Walter Dean Myers "The Geography of the Heart" Langston Hughes Library at the Children's Defense Fund Alex Haley Farm Clinton, Tennessee 2008 David Macaulay "Thirteen Studios" South Central Library System 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 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
Williamsburg, Virginia 2005 Richard Jackson "Mutuality" Free Library of Philadelphia
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
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
Phoenix, Arizona 2003 Maurice Sendak Cambridge Public Library
Children's Literature, Inc.
Cambridge, Massachusetts 2002 Philip Pullman "So She Went Into the Garden" Le Frak Hall, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies Flushing, New York 2001 Susan Cooper "Time and Again" Scottish Rite Center
Multnomah County Library
Portland, Oregon 2000 Hazel Rochman "A Stranger Comes to Town" Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut Storrs, Connecticut 1999 Lillian N. Gerhardt "Editorial License: On Library Selection Connections" San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science 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 Columbia, South Carolina 1997 Katherine Paterson "In Search of Wonder" Northern State University Aberdeen, South Dakota 1996 Zena Sutherland "A Life in Review" Dallas Public Library Dallas, Texas 1995 Leonard Everett Fisher "Imaginings and Images" University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1994 Margaret K. McElderry "Across the Years, Across the Seas: Notes from an Errant Editor" Coronado Public Library Coronado, California 1993 Virginia Hamilton "Everything of Value: Moral Realism in the Literature for Children" Virginia Center for the Book Richmond, Virginia 1992 Charlotte S. Huck "Developing Lifetime Readers" Montana Library Association annual conference Bozeman, Montana 1991 Iona Opie "The Nature and Function of Children's Lore" Library of Congress Washington, DC 1990 Ashley Bryan "A Tender Bridge" University of New Orleans 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 Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1988 John Bierhorst "Pushing up the Sun a Little" University of Oklahoma Norman, Oklahoma 1987 James Archibald Houston "A Primitive View of the World" Northern Illinois University DeKalb, Illinois 1986 Aidan Chambers "All of a Tremble to See His Danger" University of Arkansas Little Rock, Arkansas 1985 Patricia Wrightson "Stones into Pools" Indiana University
Stone Hills Area Library Services Authority
Bloomington, Indiana 1984 Fritz Eichenberg "Bell, Book and Candle" Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center 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 Athens, Georgia 1982 Dorothy Butler "From Books to Buttons: Reflections From the Thirties to the Eighties" Florida State University 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 Denton, Texas 1980 Horst Kunze "German Children's Literature From Its Beginning to the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Perspective" University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin 1979 Sheila Egoff "Beyond the Garden Wall: Some Observations on Current Trends in Children's Literature" University of South Carolina 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 Boston, Massachusetts 1977 Shigeo Watanabe "One of the Dozens" Boise State University Boise, Idaho 1976 Jean Fritz "The Education of an American" Los Angeles Public Library Los Angeles, California 1975 Mollie Hunter "Talent Is Not Enough" Drexel University Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 1974 Ivan Southall "Real Adventure Belongs To Us" University of Washington Seattle, Washington 1973 Bettina Hürlimann "Fortunate Moments in Children's Books" University of Missouri Kansas City, Missouri 1972 Mary Ørvig "One World in Children's Books" University of Chicago Chicago, Illinois 1971 John Rowe Townsend "Standards of Criticism for Children's Literature" Atlanta Memorial Arts Center Atlanta, Georgia 1970 Margery Fisher "Rights and Wrongs" Case Western Reserve University Cleveland, Ohio
- 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
- ^ a b c "ALSC May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/arbuthnothonor/arbuthnothonor.cfm. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq "Past Lecturers". American Library Association. 2008. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/arbuthnothonor/pastlecturers/pastlecturers.cfm. Retrieved 2009-02-17.
- ^ "Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee Manual". Association of Library Services for Children. December 2007. http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alsc/awardsgrants/bookmedia/arbuthnothonor/arbuthnot_manual_dec2.pdf. Retrieved 2009-02-23. [dead link]
- ^ "2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture". Eventbrite. http://arbuthnotlecture2009.eventbrite.com/. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
American Library Association Founders Notable
divisionsAmerican Association of School Librarians (AASL) • Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) • Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) • Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) • Library Information Technology Association (LITA) • Public Library Association (PLA) • Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) • Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA)
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