Literary Lights for Children at Boston Public Library

The Associates of the Boston Public Library presented the fourteenth annual Literary Lights for Children awards ceremony and tea party on Sunday, September 30th in the historic Bates Hall Reading Room. The award winners – Kevin Hawkes, Christopher Paolini, Mitali Perkins, and Gary Schmidt – were honored for their extraordinary contributions to children’s literature. The three authors and one illustrator chosen as this year’s “Literary Lights” have collectively won dozens of major awards for their inspiring books written for children and young adults.

Photos © 2012 Roger Farrington

Literary Lights for Children is held each year to raise awareness of children’s literature, promote literacy, honor children’s authors, and raise much needed funding for the Boston Public Library’s children’s services and special collections.

The Associates of the Boston Public Library is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to conserving the Boston Public Library’s special collections of rare books, manuscripts, and other items of significant historic interest. The Associates oversees the David McCullough Conservation Fund and the William O. Taylor Fund, both of which are making extraordinary conservation projects possible.