May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture
|May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award|
|Awarded for||body of work in the field of children's literature|
|Presented by||Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association|
The May Hill Arbuthnot Lecture is an annual event sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The organization counts selection as the lecturer among its "Book & Media Awards", for selection recognizes a career contribution to children's literature. At the same time, the lecturer "shall prepare a paper considered to be a significant contribution to the field of children's literature", to be delivered as the Arbuthnot Lecture and to be published in the ALSC journal Children & Libraries.
The lecture was established in 1969 to honor the educator May Hill Arbuthnot. Arbuthnot was one creator of "Dick and Jane" readers and she wrote the first three editions of Children and Books (Scott, Foresman 1947, 1957, 1964). When informed of the new honorary lecture in her name, 'she recalled "that long stretch of years when I was dashing from one end of the country to the other, bringing children and books together by way of the spoken word."'
The lecturer may be a "author, critic, librarian, historian, or teacher of children's literature, of any country". The Arbuthnot Lecture Committee selects one from a list of nominations, a process currently completed in January 15 to 18 months before the event. Then institutions apply to be the host: any "library school, department of education in college or university, or a children's library system". Several months later the same committee selects the host institution from the applicants.
Andrea Davis Pinkney delivered the 2014 lecture at the University of Minnesota Libraries, Children's Literature Research Collections, Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (CDT). She was cited in January 2013 for "significant contributions to literature for young people provided through a body of work that brings a deeper understanding of African American heritage". She is the author of more than 20 books and founder of the "first African American children's book imprint at a major publishing company": Jump at the Sun at Hyperion Books for Children, the Disney Book Group (now Disney Publishing Worldwide). She is vice president and editor-at-large, Scholastic Trade Books.
There were 44 Arbuthnot lectures in 44 years from 1970 to 2013.
|2015||Brian Selznick||DC Public Library
(May 8, 2015)
|2014||Andrea Davis Pinkney||"Rejoice the Legacy!"
(YouTube recording) [clarification needed]
|Children's Literature Research Collections, University of Minnesota Libraries||Minneapolis, MN|
|2013||Michael Morpurgo||"War Boy to War Horse"
New York Library Association
|2012||Peter Sís||"Reading in the Dark"
|Miami University||Oxford, Ohio|
|2011||Lois Lowry||"Unleaving: The Staying Power of Gold"
 (brief YouTube recording)
|St. Louis (Mo.) County Library||Ladue, Missouri|
|2010||Kathleen T. Horning||"Can Children's Books Save the World? Advocates for Diversity in Children's Books and Libraries"||Riverside County (Calif.) Library System||Riverside, California|
|2009||Walter Dean Myers||"The Geography of the Heart"||Langston Hughes Library of the Children's Defense Fund, Alex Haley Farm (CDF)||Clinton, Tennessee|
|2008||David Macaulay||"Thirteen Studios"
(YouTube recording)[clarification needed]
|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
|2005||Richard Jackson||"Mutuality"||Free Library of Philadelphia
Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School
|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
|2003||Maurice Sendak||"Descent into Limbo"||Cambridge Public Library
Children's Literature, Inc.
|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
|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
|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|
University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee has hosted two lectures.
- "The May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Award". Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), American Library Association (ALA). Retrieved 2013-05-03.
- "Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee Manual" (PDF). ALSC, ALA. December 2007. Retrieved 2009-02-23.
- "May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecturers". ALSC, ALA. 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-02.
2009 May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecture —example event poster