March 24, 2018

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Brian Selznick’s 2015 Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Slideshow

It was a BIG night for the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association. The 46th annual Arbuthnot Honor Lecture was delivered by Brian Selznick on Friday evening May 8 to a capacity crowd at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, DC. This annual lecture celebrates May Hill Arbuthnot (1884–1969), distinguished writer, children’s literature scholar, and editor of the “Dick and Jane” series. Selznick wowed the crowd with his talk entitled “Love Is a Dangerous Angel: Thoughts on Queerness and Family in Children’s Books.” The author/illustrator’s depth of research, insightful interpretation of Arbuthnot’s classic text Children and Books, and passionate defense of “funny, funny families” everywhere will go down in the annals of ALSC history as an address to remember. On view at the gala event was the exhibit, Building Wonder, Designing Dreams: The Bookmaking of Brian Selznick, curated by Wendy Lukehart. Special thanks to Sharon McQueen for sharing a slideshow of images from the evening.

Slide 1
The program for the Honor lecture
Slide 2
DC Public Youth Collections Coordinator Wendy Lukehart, who organized the entire event
Slide 3
Arbuthnot Honor Lecture Committee: Daniel Meyer, Gail Zachariah, Sue McCleaf Nespeca (Chair), Brian, Marybeth Kozikowski, and Bina Williams
Slide 4
Barbara Genco with ALSC President Ellen Riordan
Slide 5
ALSC Vice-President/ President-Elect Andrew Medlar
Slide 6
Scene from the exhibit
Slide 7
Scene from the exhibit
Slide 8
Cabinet of Wonders from the exhibit
Slide 9
Brian’s mom, bother, and nephews
Slide 10
Cameron Myers, DC Public librarian, who programmed the flight simulator for the exhibit
Slide 11
Scene from the exhibit
Slide 12
Luann Toth, Connie Rockman, and Malore Brown
Slide 13
Brian’s editor Tracy Mack and former Scholastic Director of Education/Library Marketing John Mason and his wife Barbara
Slide 14
ALSC Executive Director Aimee Strittmatter and ALSC Past President Starr LaTronica
Slide 15
Brian autographing books for Sharon McQueen and Richard Douglas Wambold
Luann Toth About Luann Toth

Luann Toth ( is Managing Editor of SLJ Reviews. A public librarian by training, she has been reviewing books for a quarter of a century and continues to be fascinated by the constantly evolving, ever-expanding world of publishing.



  1. Doug Bauder says:

    I’m absolutely wonder-struck.
    Wendy Lukehart rocks!