May Hill Arbuthnot Honor Lecturers
2007: Kevin Henkes. "Books As Shelter: Going Home Again and Again."
Hosted by the McConnell Center for the Study of Youth Literature, University of Kentucky SLIS
2006: Russell Freedman. "The Past Isn’t Past: How History Speaks, and What It Says to the Next Generation."
Hosted by the Williamsburg Regional Library with the support of The Library of Virginia and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.
2005: Richard Jackson. "Mutuality."
Co-hosted by the Free Library of Philadelphia and the Julia R. Masterman Laboratory and Demonstration School.
2004: Ursula K. Le Guin. "Cheek by Jowl: Animals in Children's Literature."
Hosted by Maricopa County Library District, Arizona State University (ASU), and the Arizona Center for the Book
2003: Maurice Sendak.
Hosted by Cambridge (Mass.) Public Library and Children's Literature Inc.
2002: Philip Pullman, "So She Went Into the Garden"
Le Frak Hall, Queens College Graduate School of Library and Information Studies, Flushing, NY.
2001: Susan Cooper, "Time and Again"
Scottish Rite Center, Portland, Ore., hosted by Multnomah County Library.
2000: Hazel Rochman, "A Stranger Comes to Town."
Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at the University of Connecticut in Storrs.
1999: Lillian N. Gerhardt, "Editorial License: On Library Selection Connections."
San Jose State University, School of Library and Information Science, San Jose, CA.
1998: Susan Hirschman, "Instead of a Lecture."
Richland County Public Library and the College of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC.
1997: Katherine Paterson, "In Search of Wonder."
Northern State University, Aberdeen, SD.
1996: Zena Sutherland, "A Life in Review."
Dallas Public Library, Dallas, TX
1995: Leonard Everett Fisher, "Imaginings and Images."
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1994: Margaret K. McElderry, "Across the Years, Across the Seas: Notes from an Errant Editor."
Coronado Public Library, CA
1993: Virginia Hamilton, "Everything of Value: Moral Realism in the Literature for Children."
Virginia Center for the Book, Richmond, VA
1992: Charlotte S. Huck, "Developing Lifetime Readers."
Montana Library Association annual conference, Bozeman, MT
1991: Iona Opie, "The Nature and Function of Children's Lore."
Library of Congress, Washington, DC
1990: Ashley Bryan, "A Tender Bridge."
University of New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
1989: Margaret Mahy, "A Dissolving Ghost: Possible Operations of Truth in Children's Books and the Lives of Children."
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
1988: John Bierhorst, "Pushing up the Sun a Little."
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
1987: James Houston, "A Primitive View of the World."
Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
1986: Aidan Chambers, "All of a Tremble to See His Danger."
University of Arkansas, Little Rock, AR
1985: Patricia Wrightson, "Stones into Pools. "
Indiana University, hosted by the Stone Hills Area Library Services Authority, Bloomington, IN
1984: Fritz Eichenberg, "Bell, Book and Candle."
Minneapolis Public Library and Information Center, Minneapolis, MN
1983: Leland B. Jacobs, "Children and the Voices of Literature."
Center for the Study of Literature for Young People at the University of Georgia, Athens, GA
1982: Dorothy Butler, "From Books to Buttons: Reflections From the Thirties to the Eighties."
Florida State University, Orlando, FL
1981: Virginia Betancourt, "Information: A Necessity for Survival: Strategies for the Promotion of Children's Books in a Developing Country."
Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX
1980: Horst Kunze, "German Children's Literature From Its Beginning to the Nineteenth Century: A Historical Perspective."
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI
1979: Sheila Egoff, "Beyond the Garden Wall: Some Observations on Current Trends in Children's Literature."
University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC
1978: Uriel Ofek, "Tom and Laura from Right to Left: American Children's Books Experienced by Young Hebrew Readers."
Boston Public Library, Boston, MA
1977: Shigeo Watanabe, "One of the Dozens."
Boise State University, Boise, ID
1976: Jean Fritz, "The Education of an American."
Los Angeles Public Library, Los Angeles, CA
1975: Mollie Hunter, "Talent Is Not Enough."
Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA
1974 : Ivan Southall, "Real Adventure Belongs To Us."
University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1973: Bettina Hürlimann, "Fortunate Moments in Children's Books."
University of Missouri, Kansas City, MO
1972: Mary Ørvig, "One World in Children's Books"
University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
1971: John Rowe Townsend, "Standards of Criticism for Children's Literature."
Atlanta Memorial Arts Center, Atlanta, GA
1970: Margery Fisher, "Rights and Wrongs."
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH.