The Butler Lecture is generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. The Butler Lectures showcase award-winning creators of books for young people and academic experts who speak on issues related to children's literature and the joy of reading and lifelong learning.

Past Lectures

  • 2019: Carmen Agra Deedy presented "The End of the Story" on March 20, 2019
  • 2018: Andrea Davis Pinkney presented "Behold the Road! The Writer’s Passage, the Reader’s Journey" on March 14, 2018
  • 2017: Holly Black presented "Why Magic?" on March 16, 2017
  • 2016: Christian Robinson presented "You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Picture Books" on March 16, 2016
  • 2015:  LeUyen Pham presented "Wandering Wonderland: An Immigrant's Story Told Through Books" on March 5, 2015
  • 2014: Jane Yolen presented "Folklore vs. Fakelore: The Truth about Folk, Fairy, and Fantasy Stories" on February  26, 2014
  • 2013: Inaugural Butler Lecturer Ed Young presented "The House Baba Built" on on February 22, 2013