Twelve top children’s book illustrators created original artwork for Scholastic’s month-long online charity auction, which opened to bids last week, to benefit Reading Is Fundamental and Reach Out and Read, two amazing literacy organizations that have lost all federal funding, making it even more difficult for them to help the kids who need it the most.
To view the spectacular original artwork by all 12 artists, simply go to www.scholastic.com/readeveryday. From there, you can pick a favorite, place a bid, and put books into the hands of the neediest kids ~ and you’ll have a piece of original art by a beloved children’s artist that illustrates the important role of books in all our lives.
Here is a sampling of some of the artwork up for auction:
Best-selling author-artist Mark Teague
Mary GrandPré, illustrator of the Harry Potter series
Best-selling author-artist David Shannon
Illustrator Sean Qualls
After the auction closes June 5, 2011, poster-sized reproductions will be available for purchase. Proceeds from the auction and sales of posters and other items will benefit the nonprofits Reading Is Fundamental and Reach Out and Read.