Regina Medal

The Regina Medal award, established in 1959 and sponsored by the Catholic Library Association, is administered through the Regina Medal Committee at the will of the Catholic Library Association Executive Board. The only criterion for the award is that of excellence. The Regina Medal is awarded annually to a living exemplar of the words of the English poet, Walter de la Mare “only the rarest kind of best in anything can be good enough for the young,” for continued, distinguished contribution to children’s literature without regard to the nature of the contribution.

2019 Regina Medal Award Winner - Kate DiCamillo

4/11/2019

Kate DiCamillo is the author of many books for young readers. Her books have been awarded the Newbery Medal (Flora & Ulysses in 2014 and The Tale of Despereaux in 2004); the Newbery Honor (Because of Winn-Dixie, 2001), the Boston Globe Horn Book Award (The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, 2006), and the Theodor Geisel Medal and honor (Bink and Gollie, co-author Alison McGhee, 2011; Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride, 2007). Many of DiCamillo’s main characters struggle with loss, but they also encounter characters who are joyful, wise, and loving. In a 2018 Horn Book review, professor emerita of children’s and young adult literature at Texas Woman’s University, Betty Carter, described DiCamillo’s books as possessing, “The overarching themes addressing forgiveness, love, friendship, acceptance, home, and family.” DiCamillo has written books for youth that foster a love of reading for all reading levels ranging from picture books to upper middle grade. Children of all ages are able to discover fantastic, imaginative stories that draw them into a world with which they can identify. A native of Florida, DiCamillo now lives in Minneapolis. After being appointed as National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature by the Library of Congress in 2014, DiCamillo now serves as Ambassador Emeritus.

 

Past Regina Medal Recipients

2019 Kate DiCamillo

2018 Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney

2017 David A. Adler

2016 Lee Bennett Hopkins (CLW Regina Medal Award Transcript)

2015 Judy Blume (website)

2014 Patricia Reilly Giff

2013 Kevin Henkes (website)

2012 Patricia Polacco (website)

2011 Ashley Bryan

2010 Gail Gibbons (website)

2009 Lois Ehlert

2008 Vera B. Williams

2007 Margaret K. McElderry

2006 Paul Goble

2005 Jerry Pinkney

2004 Susan Hirschman

2003 Jean Craighead George (website)

2002 Charlotte Zolotow (website)

2001 E.L. Konigsburg

2000 Milton Meltzer

1999 Eric Carle (website)

1998 Patricia C. and Fredrick L. McKissack

1997 Eve Bunting

1996 Russell Freedman

1995 Gary Paulsen

1994 Lois Lowry (website)

1993 Chris Van Allsburg

1992 Jane Yolen (website)

1991 Leonard Everett Fisher

1990 Virginia Hamilton

1989 Steven Kellogg (website)

1988 Katherine Paterson (website)

1987 Betsy Byars (website)

1986 Lloyd Alexander

1985 Jean Fritz

1984 Madeleine L′Engle

1983 Thomas Anthony dePaola (website)

1982 Theodor Seuss Geisel

1981 Augusta Baker (website)

1980 Beverly Cleary (website)

1979 Morton Schindel (website)

1978 Scott O'Dell (website)

1977 Marcia Brown (website)

1976 Virginia Haviland

1975 May McNeer and Lynd Ward (website)

1974 Robert McCloskey

1973 Frances Clarke Sayers

1972 Meindert DeJong

1971 Tasha Tudor

1970 Ingri and Edgar Parin d’Aulaire

1969 Lois Lenski (website)

1968 Marguerite deAngeli (website)

1967 Bertha Mahony Miller

1966 Leo Politi

1965 Ruth Sawyer Durand (website)

1964 May Hill Arbuthnot (website)

1963 Ann Nolan Clark (website)

1962 Frederic G. Melcher (website)

1961 Padraic Colum (website)

1960 Anne Carroll Moore

1959 Eleanor Farjeon (website)