For mining the inevitable frustrations of childhood with fresh inspiration.
For inventing a community of animals as diverse as North America's children. For Buster's postcards, which celebrate these differences and cultivate tolerance.
For moving easily from art and storytelling to television and beyond without compromising his commitment to education.
For enthusiastically seeking new stories in the children he meets.
For earning an enormous, devoted following of young readers who recognize these stories as their own.
In deep appreciation