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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: Peter Sís
Peter Sís Contemporary 2015 Peter Sís is a filmmaker, muralist, magazine illustrator, and the author and illustrator of complex, visually enticing books for children. As Booklist noted, his works “are less picture books than little miracles of design . . . masterful and moving.” They are consistently named to th ...
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Posthumous: Virginia Lee Burton
Virginia Lee Burton Posthumous 2015 Virginia Lee Burton (1909–1968) was known for her attention to detail and for determining the design, typeface, and layout of each book she wrote and illustrated. She was a pioneer in turning vehicles into beloved children’s book characters. Her first title, Choo Choo , featu ...
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