Marianne and Blouke Carus Receive Literary Honor

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The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art honored Marianne and Blouke Carus, founders of the Cricket Magazine Group, for their "creative vision and long-term dedication to the art of the picture book and its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy, and critical thinking." The couple received the prestigious Carle Honors Bridge Award at a benefit gala held on 24 September 2009 in New York City at the Midtown Loft and Terrace. Among the many distinguished guests from the field of children's literature were the founders of the Carle Museum, Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and his wife Barbara.

creative vision and long-term dedication to the art of the picture book and its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy, and critical thinking.

The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art honored Marianne and Blouke Carus, founders of the Cricket Magazine Group, for their "creative vision and long-term dedication to the art of the picture book and its vital role in supporting art appreciation, early literacy, and critical thinking." The couple received the prestigious Carle Honors Bridge Award at a benefit gala held on 24 September 2009 in New York City at the Midtown Loft and Terrace. Among the many distinguished guests from the field of children's literature were the founders of the Carle Museum, Eric Carle, the author and illustrator of more than 70 books, including the classic The Very Hungry Caterpillar, and his wife Barbara.

The Carle Honors Bridge Award recognizes individuals and organizations that have found inspired ways to bring the art of picture books to larger audiences through work in other fields. As she presented the award to Marianne and Blouke Carus, Alexandra Kennedy, Executive Director of the Carle Museum, stated, "What you and your wonderful publications have done for this genre speaks volumes about your commitment to fostering excitement in reading." David Weisner, an award-winning author and illustrator of many children's books, introduced the Caruses by telling how pivotal the covers he illustrated for Cricket magazine had been to his career.

Carus Publishing Company publishes fourteen children's magazines, including Cricket magazine for older children and Ladybug for beginning readers. Its founding editor, Marianne Carus, started Cricket magazine to worldwide acclaim in 1973. The company also publishes children's books and includes Open Court Publishing, which was founded in the Hegeler Carus Mansion in 1887 and publishes philosophy books for adults. Blouke Carus is Chairman of Carus Publishing.

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