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19th Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction

Last week I was able to send an 11×17 Giclee signed print over to be auction off in support of the Children’s Book Art Silent Auction as well as other non-profits in the book industry. It was a last minute thing, and after various technical issues, she’s finally off to New York City.

A special auction area will be devoted to Maurice Sendak — the beloved children’s author and illustrator. Artwork are auctioned online and on-site so make sure to visit their web site and see what’s available.

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The Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction and Reception has been a highlight of children’s programming at BookExpo America for the last 19 years. This event offers a unique opportunity to buy beautiful, original art in children’s literature from leading, award-winning artists and illustrators of children’s books and a chance to socialize with friends from around the country, while supporting the all-important efforts opposing the censorship of children’s books and authors nationwide. This is a highly anticipated and fun event on the industry’s social calendar, and the only annual event where the entire children’s book industry is in the same room, including booksellers, publishers, authors, artists, illustrators, other industry professionals, and fans of illustrated children’s books and supporters of the free speech rights of young readers.

The event will be held on Wednesday, May 29, 2013 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm in the River Pavilion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City in conjunction with BookExpo America. The art can be previewed in advance online and will begin as soon as the art arrives. A live (and lively!) auction segment has been added to the otherwise silent auction. A number of pieces will also be raffled at the event. Light refreshments, beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be served.

A special auction area will be devoted to Maurice Sendak — the beloved children’s author and illustrator. Many artists and illustrators have been mentored, taught and inspired by Sendak and are being asked to create an original piece of art for the auction in Sendak’s honor and in his support of the First Amendment. Sendak was a great supporter of ABFFE and In the Night Kitchen was banned and even altered by some librarians. (Fun note: This year’s event art include In the Night Kitchen.)

New this year: An online auction component with additional art not available at the Auction & Reception will be added just prior the Auction & Reception during BookExpo America. This is an opportunity for people across the country to participate in the fight against censorship for our young readers.

It is presented by the ABC Children’s Group at the American Booksellers Association and American Booksellers Foundation for Free Expression (ABFFE).