The Annual Children’s Book Art Silent Auction is auctioning off two Battling Boy panels painted by Paul Pope. The auctions are held to raise money to help fight the censorship of children’s books.
About the auction (From the site):
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 includes 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.
If you can spare the money this is a valuable cause to support!