Michael Cart Collection of Children's Literature
Michael Cart is an author, editor, Booklist columnist, critic, book reviewer, television interviewer, consultant, teacher, lecturer, librarian, and the nation's leading expert on young adult literature. Formerly the director of the Beverly Hills Public Library, he is a founding member of the Arne Nixon Center's Governing Committee. Since the Center's opening in 2001, he has donated thousands of books, including hundreds of valuable first editions, and he has pledged his entire collection to the Center someday. He has also donated many other materials including video recordings of his syndicated author-interview television program, In Print.
As President of the Young Adult Services Library Association, a division of the American Library Association, he led the effort to found the Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature. In 2000 the American Library Association gave him the Grolier Award for lifelong achievement in service to children and young adults.
A childhood fan of the Freddy the Pig series, by Walter R. Brooks, Michael Cart became President of the Friends of Freddy, a literary society, and he spearheaded the successful effort to bring these classic children's books back into print. He also bought the collection of Walter R. Brooks, which he is donating to the Arne Nixon Center.
In 2008 graphic artist Eric Shanower honored Michael Cart by designing a "Freddy the Pig" book plate which will be added to all of the donated books.