The Lifetime Achievement Awards were established in 2005 by past chairs of The Original Art. Nominees must be judged to have a body of work that documents an innovative and pioneering contribution to the field of children's book illustration, and final selection is made by artists whose work has been juried into the previous year's show. Two awards are given annually: one posthumously and one to a living illustrator.

Contemporary: Lane Smith
Lane Smith was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, grew up in Southern California, and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration from Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design. In 1984, he moved to New York City, where he created illustrations for The New York Times, Esquire, Time, Newsweek, Rolling ...
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Posthumous: Arnold Lobel
Arnold Lobel (1933–1987) was born in Los Angeles and grew up in Schenectady, New York. He was ill and homebound during most of second grade, and one of the ways he kept busy was by drawing animals. When he finally returned to school, he used his drawings as a way to make friends with ...
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