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.

2021 Regina Medal Award Winner - Jan Brett

3/3/2021

Jan Brett With over forty-three million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

As a child, Jan Brett decided to be an illustrator and spent many hours reading and drawing. She says, "I remember the special quiet of rainy days when I felt that I could enter the pages of my beautiful picture books. Now I try to recreate that feeling of believing that the imaginary place I'm drawing really exists. The detail in my work helps to convince me, and I hope others as well, that such places might be real."

As a student at the Boston Museum School, she spent hours in the Museum of Fine Arts. "It was overwhelming to see the room-size landscapes and towering stone sculptures, and then moments later to refocus on delicately embroidered kimonos and ancient porcelain," she says. "I'm delighted and surprised when fragments of these beautiful images come back to me in my painting."

Travel is also a constant inspiration. Together with her husband, Joe Hearne, who is a member of the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Jan visits many different countries where she researches the architecture and costumes that appear in her work. "From cave paintings to Norwegian sleighs, to Japanese gardens, I study the traditions of the many countries I visit and use them as a starting point for my children's books."

 

Past Regina Medal Recipients

2020 Christopher Paul Curtis (website)

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)