2017 Chase Lecture


Melissa Sweet surrounded by her books


Melissa Sweet has illustrated many award-winning books, including two Caldecott Honor books: A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams and The Right Word: Peter Mark Roget and His Thesaurus, both by Jen Bryant. She wrote and illustrated Carmine: A Little More Red, a New York Times Best Illustrated Book, and Balloons Over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade, which garnered a Sibert Medal.

Melissa’s first chapter book biography, Some Writer!: The Story of E. B. White, came out in 2016. She lives in Maine.

Previous Chase Lecture Speakers:

1980 Marguerite Henry 1992 Katherine Paterson 2004 Avi 2016 Peter Brown
1981 Arnold Lobel 1993 Mary Stolz 2005 Richard Peck 2017 Melissa Sweet
1982 Natalie Babbitt 1994 Paul Fleischman 2006 Barry Moser  
1983 Tomie De Paola 1995 Patricia MacLachlan 2007 Emily Arnold McCully  
1984 Jean Fritz 1996 Lois Ehlert 2008 Paul B. Janeczko  
1985 Ashley Bryan 1997 Lois Lowry 2009 Chris Raschka  
1986 Jean Craighead George 1998 James Ransome 2010 Gary Schmidt  
1987 Trina Schart Hyman 1999 James Cross Giblin 2011 Jerry Pinkney  
1988 Sid Fleischman 2000 Lee Bennett Hopkins 2012 Sy Montgomery  
1989 Myra Cohn Livingston 2001 Janet Stevens 2013 Marilyn Nelson  
1990 Donald Crews 2002 Karla Kuskin 2014 Jane Yolen  
1991 Nancy Larrick 2003 Lisa Westberg Peters and Lauren Stringer 2015 Jon Scieszka